- What other names is Aconite known by?
- What is Aconite?
- How does Aconite work?
- Are there safety concerns?
- Dosing considerations for Aconite.
Despite serious concerns about safety, some people take aconite by mouth for facial paralysis, joint pain, gout, finger numbness, cold hands and feet, inflammation, painful breathing and fluid in the space surrounding the lungs (pleurisy), certain heart problems (pericarditis sicca), fever, skin diseases, and hair loss. Aconite is also used as a disinfectant, to treat wounds, and to promote sweating.
Some people apply aconite to the skin in liniment as a "counterirritant" for treating facial pain, joint pain, and leg pain (sciatica).
Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...
- Heart failture. Early research suggests that taking 1000 mg of aconite daily for up to 7 months might improve heart and kidney function in people with heart failure.
- Feeling of coldness. Early research shows that taking aconite together with other herbs might improve feelings of coldness in the hands and feet.
- Nerve pain.
- Facial paralysis.
- Joint pain.
- Heart problems.
- Other conditions.
Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).
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nausea, vomiting, weakness or inability to move, sweating, breathing problems, heart problems, and death.
Some people use aconite in a cream or lotion that is applied to the skin. This practice is also dangerous. The poisons in aconite can be absorbed through the skin, causing severe side effects.
Special Precautions & Warnings:Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Do not take aconite by mouth or apply it to your skin if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. It is UNSAFE and can cause serious side effects, including death.
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Last Editorial Review: 3/29/2011