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Aconitum chasmanthum  Stapf.


Botanical Name


Aconitum chasmanthum Stapf.

English Name


Indian Napellus





General Info


Erect plant containing tuberous roots. Stem 30 to 80 cm tall leafy. The upper leaves only slightly smaller than the lower ones. Inflorescence racemes up to 30 cm long. Sepals blue or white with blue veins, rarely pale purple, crisp pubescent to glabrous, lateral ones sub orbicular to nearly square, not contiguous with helmet. Claw of petals 5 to 7 mm. Filaments often almost glabrous, winged.

Herb Effects

Kills insects, Analgesic, Anodyne, Diaphoretic, Diuretic, Irritant, Sedative.


Aconitum chasmanthum
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Active Ingredients

Chasmanine, indaconitine, chasmaconitine, chasmanthinine and homochasmanine.


Medicinal Use

Rheumatism, diarrhea and neuralgia


The whole plant is highly toxic - simple skin contact has caused numbness in some people (Chittendon, 1951).


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

Chittendon F. RHS Dictionary of Plants plus Supplement. 1956 Oxford University Press 1951.



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