What is the aconithum?
Aconithum is a plant that, growing spontaneously in mountain forests, in various locations in Europe and, precisely in the areas most exposed to the cold north winds, is part of the Ranuncolaceae family.
This type of vegetation is also present in Italy and is considered one of the most toxic among the many scattered in the mountainous areas of the Alps.
Aconithum is a small sapling which, reaching a height of about one and a half meters, presents itself
with characteristic flowers, easily identifiable by their particular form with a helmet and by their enchanting dark blue color.
It is a plant considered harmful for its root which contains a basic organic nitrogenous substance, that is able to form with acids, compounds generally dangerous for human health, even if, in small doses, capable of having healing properties.
This powerful and particularly toxic alkaloid is called aconitine from which the name of the vegetable subject of the argument derives and which from the Greek akòniton means poisonous plant.
History and curiosity of the aconithum
In the Homeric era, the aconithum was known for its high harmfulness and the ancient Greeks and especially the Germans and the Gauls used it for evil and war purposes.
It is mentioned in history that the substance produced by the vegetable in question, served, for example, to poison the tips of spears and arrows before fighting.
In addition, the argumentated plant, mentioned in the works of Shakespeare, and screened by popular beliefs, by many men, as by the historian Schafer Christoph and in some films, such as werewolves, Dracula, The Vampire Diaries, Teen Wolf and Harry Potter, it would have been, for example the substance with which Medea and Egeo tried to poison Theseus, what served to kill the queen Cleopadra and what was used to ward off vampires.
What is aconithum used for?
Aconithum thanks to the aconitic contained in it has decongestant effects on the respiratory, antineuralgic and anti-gout apparatus and is useful in the case in which the body manifests inflammation due to the cold with fever, anxiety and psychomotor restlessness.
It can well be affirmed that the active principle of the plant in question can be used to solve or, let alone alleviate multiple conditions, such as:
- hyperemic and dry skin;
- arterial hypertension;
- pains and tingling in the lower limbs;
- cooling from dry and cold air;
- precordialgia and cardiac excitations caused by anxiety;
- breathing difficulties with feelings of tightness in the chest caused by excessive coughing;
- states of tanatophobia and anxiety;
- hypoesthesia spread in the left arm;
- pains from angina pectoris.
Aconitum as a perfect anxiolytic
The aconitum can be considered a classic remedy to be used in cases where you feel particularly fearful and distressed, to the point of thinking about the death that is coming and in the early stages of a heart attack, as an emergency procedure, just to calm the patient, reducing his panic and dampening the feeling of the imminent catasfrofe.
In fact, it is good to know that this provision is not at all decisive for coronary problems, so much so that if they were to occur they would have to go, running to the hospital, possibly after having administered the anxiolytic of which we are arguing.
The aconitum should be used if there were tremors, convulsions, strong palpitations, pains, congestions and insolations, emotional and mental shocks, difficulty in breathing and hypertensive crises, not due to pathologies but to natural conditions, intimately inserted in the brain of those who are sick .