Aconitum heterophyllum

Family _ Ranunculaceae.

Habitat _ Cultivated at Manali and

Rahla in Himachal Pradesh. Also

found in northwestern Himalayas

at altitudes ranging from 2,000 to

3000 m.

English _ Atis Root, Aconite.

Ayurvedic _ Ativishaa, Arunaa,

Vishaa, Shuklakandaa, Bhanguraa,

Ghunapriyaa, Ghunavallabhaa,

Kaashmiraa, Shishubhaishajyaa

(indicating its use in paediatrics),


Unani _ Atees.

Siddha/Tamil _ Athividayam.

Folk _ Patis.

Action _ Often regarded as nonpoisosnous,

antiperiodic, antiinflammatory,

astringent (used

in cough, diarrhoea, dyspepsia),

tonic (used after fevers), febrifuge,

antispasmodic (used in irritability

of stomach and abdominal


Along with other therapeutic applications,

The Ayurvedic Pharmacopoeia

of India indicates the use of the dried,

tuberous root in emesis and helminthiasis.

The roots yield of total alkaloids,

of which atisin is Atisine and pseudoaconitine. (The inert character

of the plant is well known to the hill

people, who often use it as a vegetable.)

The plant possesses potent immunostimulant


Medicinal plants of India ; Ayurveda

01 September 2013

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