- by Dr Chaithanya Ks
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- Jan 29 2018
An Herbaceous Shrub: Aconitum Ferox
Aconitum Ferox is a perennial tuberous rooted that grows up to 3 feet in height. Leaves of this plant are cleft or lobed and oval in shape. They are larger towards the bottom and smaller and shorter on the top of the plant. Roots of this plant are dark brown in color from outside and are yellow in color from inside. Its fruits are tube-like capsules and its flowers are found in blue, pink, and yellow colors.
It is also called as monkshood, wolf’s bane, leopard’s bane, Indian vish, bikh, mouse bane women’s bane, devil’s helmet, queen of all poisons and blue rocket. In Ayurveda Aconitum Ferox heavy dose may cause eight different stages that are mentioned below:
1st Stage: Tawak vikara (Skin rashes)
2nd Stage: Vepthu (Tremors)
3rd Stage: Daha (Burning sensation)
4th Stage: Fenodgati (Mouth frothing)
5th Stage: Skanda bhang (Severe pain and fatigue of shoulders)
6th Stage: Jadyata (Coma)
7th Stage: Marna (Finally causes death)
It is not the bitter herb but if used in a purified form it is a good Rasayana and anti-tridosha, mainly it fights against vata and kapha dosha. It is analgesic, anti-pyretic, anti-inflammatory and cardiac tonic.
Purification of Aconitum Ferox
Roots are tied in a piece of cotton cloth. These tied roots are dipped in cow’s urine for three days. These roots are exposed to sunlight daily. After exposure to sunlight cow’s urine is replaced by fresh water. After third day purified roots are dried and preserved for medicinal uses.
Another method is to dip small roots in goat’s milk or cow’s milk and heated them for three hours to make roots purified. Milk is considered to be the best medium to remove the poison of blue aconite.
It belongs to the kingdom, “Plantae”, Order, “Malvales” and Family, “Malvaceae”.
It is native to India and it grows in high alpine regions of the Himalayas that are situated between the altitudes of 10,000 to 15,000fts. It grows mostly in West Bengal and highest hills of Darjeeling.
Medicinal uses of Acontinum Ferox
- It acts as Yogavahi as it is pungent, bitter and astringent in taste.
- It is rejuvenating, balances tridosha, especially Vata and Kapha.
- It improves digestion, relieves coldness, nutritive and improves strength.
- It is used in the Ayurvedic treatment of indigestion, anorexia, spleen disorders, gout, cough, asthma.
- It is used in the treatment of vision problems, night blindness eye infections, inflammation, otitis, and headache.
- It is used as the antidote for poisoning due to rats, rodents, scorpion and snake bites.
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