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Aconitum ferox  Wall.


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Botanical Name


Aconitum ferox Wall.

English Name


Indian Aconite



Aconitum vulgare, DC, Aconitum tauricum, Jacq., Aconitum angustifolium, Bernh. Aconitum multifidum Koch., Aconitum dissectum, Don., Aconitum napellus L.





General Info


The plant is a hardy perennial, with a fleshy, spindle-shaped root, pale coloured when young, but acquirie a dark brown skin later. The stem is about 3 feet high, with dark green, glossy leaves, deeply divided in palmate manner and flowers in erect clusters of a dark blue colour. The shape of the flower attracts bee. The sepals are purple, one of them being in the form of a hood. The petals are only represented by the two very curious nectaries within the hood, the stamens are numerous and lie depressed in a bunch at the mouth of the flower.

Herb Effects

Initial depressant followed by stimulant effect, antiphlogistic, virulent poison (in high doses), alterative, anaesthetic, antiarthritic, deobstruent, sedative, anodyne, diuretic, diaphoretic.


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Active Ingredients

Pseudaconitine (relatively large amounts), aconitine (small amount), bikhaconitine, chasmaconitine, indaconitine, bikhaconine and acetylbikhaconine (root).

Chemistry of Active Ingredients
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Product Categories
Pseudaconitine 127-29-7 Not available C36H51NO12 Click Here To Enlarge
Aconitine Not Available Not Available C34H47NO11 Click Here To Enlarge
Bikhaconitine 6078-26-8 Not Available C36H51NO11 Click Here To Enlarge
Indaconitine 4491-19-4 Not Available C34H47NO10 Click Here To Enlarge


Medicinal Use

Rheumatism, neuralgia, leprosy, fever and chest discomfort. In India in the treatment of leprosy, fevers, cholera and rheumatism (Chopra et al., 1986)


Children should be warned against Aconite.


Sharma, Classical Uses of Medicinal Plants.

Chandel et al., Biodiversity in Medicinal and Aromatic Plants in India.

Bentley and Trimen, Medicinal Plants.

Klasek A. Simanek V. Santavy F. Alkaloids from Aconitum plants. I. Isolation of bikhaconitine

Chopra RN, Nayar SL and Chopra IC. Glossary of Indian Medicinal Plants (Including the Supplement), Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, New 1986 ISBN#-.



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