Aconitum nap (Aconite)
Whether we are made susceptible by a cold wind, stress, a shocking situation, fear or emotional strain, Aconite specializes in helping our bodies cut short the diverse effects. These range from sudden cold, fever or even hay fever symptoms including sniffles, sneezes, dry sore throat, dry cough and eye irritation; restlessness, anxiousness, and occasional sleeplessness; heavy headaches with a burning sensation, minor ear pain, teething pain; vomiting with sweating, strong thirst and a burning sensation in the stomach; and minor urinary irritation. Symptoms are often accompanied by one red cheek, anxious fear and redness; they feel worse for touch, in a warm room, at night and with cold wind; they feel better relaxing in the open, but not cold, air. Best taken ASAP at the initial phase of illness!
Aconitum Napellus (monkshood)
An Example of the Law of Similars
How can one remedy treat symptoms of colds, headaches, fevers and the effects of emotional trauma?
First, the source: The fast-acting toxin in the monkshood plant, aconitine, can shock the body and alter the chemistry of membranes, nerves, hearts and electricity. One of its first action is a crippling effect on the respiratory system.
Second the remedy: Aconite (the fast-acting, but safe, remedy derived from the monkshood plant), can calm and reset the effects of a wide variety of shocks to the system.
One of Aconite's trademarks is the suddenness of the symptoms it treats. The way it works: when stress makes us vulnerable and anxious, the slightest shocks become systemic. For instance, a cold wind can set off a cold with much sneezing and sniffling (irritated nasal membranes); a slight threat can set off a sudden fever or burning headache; a fear or worry can make us sleepless; and anger, accidents or frights can induce shock or emotional pique.
In short, when the body is overly reactive, as would certainly happen with the aconitine toxin, Aconite can help it get its signals straight and soothe the chemistry of fear.
FYI: A restless fear that all will get worse is a key to choosing Aconite for anything.
More Extensive Description:
Overall keynotes which identify a use for Aconite include: Sudden, intense responses; Fear and anxiousness; Tingling and/or burning sensations; Flushed face that becomes pale on standing; Hypersensitivity to pain.
This fascinating single is best known for its ability to relieve sudden cold symptoms in their first phase and minimize the emotional and physical responses to shocks or stresses. Whether the shock to the system comes from a cold wind, an accident or an emotional scare, Aconite helps the body control its responses and ease the effects.
Easing colds in their initial phase is Aconite's best known application. When startled by cold wind or trauma, our bodies become more susceptible to colds. As soon as noses run or sore throats flare, it is the best time to take Aconite. If given with the first sneeze, sniffle, dry throat, dry barking cough, minor ear pain, minor fever or other sign that a cold is on its way, Aconite will speed recovery. Its cold symptoms may include a thirst for cold drinks, chills, a flushed face (sometimes just one cheek is red) and the fear that it is bound to get worse.
When fear and anxious worry threaten to induce a fearful state following an accident or fright, a dose of Aconite can help the body steady its nerves and help you assess the situation. Whenever anger, stirring news, fear, night frights, exams or even getting stuck in an elevator or lost in a crowd, causes nervous systems to become overwrought, Aconite helps bring calm and minimizes the latent physical and mental effects. Though generally a remedy for the first 24 - 48 hours, Aconite has helped complaints that develop long after a stressful situation.
When do you choose Aconite or Arnica first after an accident? Arnica is stunned but says something like, “no, I’m fine, don’t touch me,” while Aconite is fearful, restless and more apt to say, “help me, I’m scared.”
Aconite's other applications include: sudden bursting, burning headaches; eye irritation when the whites are reddish; sudden minor fevers that feel hot inside and chilly outside and may alternate cold and hot at night; occasional sleeplessness from nightmares or anxious dreams; restless teething in children with hot red cheeks (see Belladonna and Chamomilla, too); sudden ear pain or irritation; vomiting with sweating, strong thirst and a burning sensation in the stomach; and minor urinary irritation
Aconite's ability to stabilize our reactions to mental, emotional and physical stresses, has made it a vital component in many combination remedies and a member of almost every household and professional homeopathic kit.
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Aconite vs. Chamomilla
Colds: If both Aconite and Chamomilla help prevent colds when sniffles start after a cold wind, and both can have one red cheek and one pale, which should you take first?
Aconite! You are more likely to have success when giving Aconite to a Chamomilla case than the other way around. Usually Chamomilla’s contrary irritability will give it away.
Teething: While Chamomilla dominates teething, if fear is more prevalent than irritability, Aconite might be the better choice.
Insight from the Experts:
“Fear (can border on terror)... Fear of death, i.e., before an operation, a plane flight or during labor. Frightened in a crowd or a busy street, or in the underground.”
Homeopathic Guide to Stress