Aconitum Napellus: A Homeopathic Remedy

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Aconitum Napellus is a top homeopathic remedy, better known as wolf’s-bane and is an excellent remedy for teething and other child issues, as well as shock and issues arising from getting chilled.

Aconitum Napellus has a few more commonly known names, such as monk’s-hood, common aconite and the most famous is wolf’s bane.  It was known to many as a medicine for fevers and inflammations. 

Aconitum Napellus’s family name is Ranunculeceae, and it was believed that the hunters in the Alps dipped their arrow heads in aconite when wolf hunting (hence the name).  It is found in pastures and wastelands that are moist, in mountainous regions of Europe, Russia and Central Asia.Aconiteethroughout the Middle Ages was known more for its ability to  ll than to heal, but was known to help fevers.

Below is a list of issues Aconitum Napellus can help but they are very specific, so a description of each symptom (where necessary) is included. If, for example, you have chicken pox but it is not accompanied with a fever, then Aconitum Napellus may not be necessary in that particular case.

General symptoms

The general symptoms for this particular remedy include a sudden onset of the particular complaint, and will complain from fear, becoming chilled, cold, dry winds and shock.  The face tends to be red and the pain (where associated) will be unbearable.  They will seek cold drinks and may have palpitations, thirst, sweat that will be hot on areas of the body that are covered.  The person’s mouth will have a bitter taste to it and they will feel better for fresh air, but worse for touch and at night.

Aconitum Napellus is best given at the beginning of an illness/issue.  While shocks, frights and getting chilled can bring on symptoms, a person becoming very angry can also bring about these issues.  If in pain, the pain tends to be unbearable.  Symptoms of any aconite issue will tend to be worse at night and feel better for fresh air.

Emotional symptoms

Fearful (in a crowd or in labour/pregnancy), anxious (when chilled, or generally, or during a fever), if in fever, they may be tearful.  Generally may be sensitive to noise, if in pain, may be screaming with it, may look frightened, anxious.  Aconite people look anxious, fearful, shocked, may have glassy eyes.  May be inconsolable, scared of large groups of people, pains will be severe, especially during childbirth.

Aconite shock will vary from Arnica shock in that Aconite people will be extremely distressed.

Complaints include:

Chicken pox – in this instance where the pox are accompanied with the general and emotional symptoms, and a fever.

Common cold – where accompanied by a headache.  This type of cold is often as a result of becoming chilled, cold, or from a dry wind.  In this instance, Aconite is best given at the early stages of this.

Cough – where the cough is barking, dry, hoarse, irritating, tickling and/or short.  Breathing will be fast and it will be worse at night, during a fever or in dry, cold air.  This cough is most often a result of a cold, dry wind and all the air passages in the body become irritated.

Croup – see symptoms for cough.  This is the first remedy you would turn to for croup, unless person shows strong indications/general symptoms of another remedy.

Cystitis – where the pain is pressing, and when a result of getting chilled.

Earache – in this instance, where pain is unbearable, and the cause is getting chilled, or a cold, dry wind.

Eye inflammation – where the eyes become sensitive to light and pains are burning/aching.  Whites of the eye will be red and this usually is an accompaniment of the common cold.  Causes can be as a result of getting chilled, or a foreign body finding its way into eye.  Cold, dry wind makes this particular symptom worse.

Fever – where heat alternates with chills during the night, is dry at night and feels burning.  The pulse will be fast and strong and this is often in conjunction with anxiety.  Person will feel better when they are left uncovered, worse in the evening and at night, and it is usually caused by getting a chill.  This person’s face will possibly alternate from red to white, especially when getting up, the face may drain of colour.  Alternatively, especially in teething children, one side of the face may be hot and red, and the other pale and cool.  They will feel hot internally but chilly externally and have a burning, unquenchable thirst.  Everything will taste bitter, except water, which will not taste good to them.


Headache – where the pain is throbbing, bursting, burning.  This type of headache is the result of a fright/shock or from getting chilled.

Injuries – where the wounds/cuts bleed freely – often excessively.  In this case, use on injuries accompanied with shock.

Insomnia – where accompanied with anxious dreams and restless sleep.

Measles – When the onset is sudden and the rash burns and itches.  This is often in conjunction with a cough and/or a fever.  Restlessness and thirst are good indications to use this remedy.

Mumps – when onset is again, sudden.  This particular case will come with a fever.

Period problems – in the event of a late period, as a result of shock or a fright, pregnancy or getting chilled.

Shock – in the case of injuries, childbirth or surgery when accompanied with extreme anxiety/fear.  This remedy can be used during and after an operation, for mothers in shock, as well as babies after labour.  In this case, the mother often experiences trembling/shaking with this shock but the baby will more than likely be very still, but have a fearful/anxious look to the eyes.

Sore throat – when the pain is burning and/or stitching and is a result of getting chilled.

Teething – where cheeks are red and hot and painful in children also suffering from restless sleep, tossing and turning, and even screaming, biting own fists.  Fever accompanies this symptom.

Toothache – where the pain is tearing in good teeth and is caused by a cold, dry wind.

Retention of urine – in this case in children and newborn babies.  When in children, it will be as a result of catching cold.  If baby has been shocked by birth and isn’t peeing, this is very useful.

Aconitum Napellus is another wonderful remedy but I would not necessarily put it in everyone’s first aid kit, but is especially useful if they have children. 

PLEASE NOTE – like some of the other remedies, this particular remedy is taken from a highly poisonous plant and should only ever be given under the guidance of a professional homeopath who can, among other things, take any conventional medications into account.

If you are interested in homeopathy, why not read my other homeopathic articles.

Source: The Complete Homeopathy Handbook by Miranda Castro


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