Aconitum ferox Wall. ex Ser.

Family _ Ranunculaceae.

Habitat _ The alpine Himalayas from

Sikkim to Garhwal and Assam.

English _ Indian Aconite, Wolfsbane,


Ayurvedic _ Vatsanaabha, Visha,

Amrita, Vajraanga, Sthaavaravisha,

Vatsanaagaka, Shrangikavisha,


Unani _ Bish, Bishnaag.

Siddha/Tamil _ Vasanaavi, Karunaabhi.

Folk _ Bacchanaag, Bish, Mithaa

Zahar, Telia Visha.

Action _ Narcotic, sedative, antileprotic,

anti-inflammatory. Extremely

poisonous. (Roots possess depressant

activity, but after mitigation in

cow’s milk for 3-5 days ( for better result 7 days ), they exhibit

stimulant activity.)

Key application _ In neuralgia.

(Aconitum napellus L. has been

listed by German Commission E

among unapproved herbs.)

The root contains diterpenoid alkaloids,

which act as a powerful poison

that affects the heart and central nervous

system. Aconitine has a shortlived

cardiotonic action followed by

cardiac depression. Topically, aconitine

has analgesic, anti-inflammatory

and anaesthetic activity.

Medicinal plants of India ; Ayurveda

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