ACONITUM – Homeopathic Medicine

Last modified on January 7th, 2019


ACONITUM homeopathic drug picture symptoms from A Primer of Materia Medica by T.F. Allen, of the homeopathy remedy ACONITUM

General Action

      In poisonous doses paralyzes the heart and respiration; its profound collapse may be associated with profuse alvine evacuations, cold sweat, feeble pulse and labored breathing, but always with terrible anguish.

It causes peripheral anaesthesia and excites most intense neuralgia, particularly in the nerves of the face; pains are sharp, sticking; general hyperaesthesia, dryness of mucous membranes, bright haemorrhages.

It produces and cures febrile conditions only with extreme anguish, restlessness and thirst, never with apathy; a high temperature is not by itself an indication for Aconite. Rarely useful in any form of malarial fever.

In the earliest stage inflammatory conditions, even during the chill, it is invaluable, provided the characteristic deathly anxiety be pronounced.

It is found valuable for the remote as well as recent effects of fright and other shocks to the nervous system. The special senses are all extremely acute.

Inflammation of mucous membranes in earliest stage; they are dry, hot and exquisitely tender. It is particularly valuable at the beginning of many inflammatory affections of the thoracic organs, anguish, difficult breathing, sharp pains, et cetera.

These general indications may be applied to a variety of troubles, for its sphere of action is quite general.


      Convulsions. Painful sensitiveness of the body. Intolerance of pain. Stinging or burning pains in various parts, as if close to the skin. Numbness, heat and sensation of swelling in the skin. Tearing-stinging pains in the joints. Extreme, agonized restlessness. Weakness. Faintness on rising up, with deathly paleness of the face. General amelioration on lying quiet in bed but extreme anguish at night. Results of fright or vexation. Consequence of taking cold.


      Most extreme anxiety or apprehension. Impatience. Frightened condition. Fear of ghosts, of dying, of impending evils, etc. Vivid imagination. Delirium, especially at night.


      Fulness, like a surging of hot blood. Internal heat with external sweat (even with pale face). Pulsating, shooting, burning. Feeling as if the brain swashed to and fro in boiling water. Scalp sensitive to touch and to the air. Hair seems to bristle and is sensitive.


      Painful inflammation. Sensitiveness to air. pain as if the eyes would be forced out. Pupils contracted (with the inflammation). Lids feel dry, the margins sore and dry. Violent pains about the eyes and through the balls into the temples or cheeks. Photophobia.


      Pains through external parts, involving the sides of the head. Extreme sensitiveness to noise.


      Dryness of nostrils; thin discharge of clear fluid. Nose bleed. Sensitiveness to odors.


      Swollen sensation, hot. Tingling, numbness. Sharp shooting or tearing pains, with sensitiveness or numbness. Face pale on rising up. Sweat on the side of the face on which one lies. Lips dry, peeling.


      Teeth sensitive to the air. Gums dry and hot. Throbbing toothache from exposure. General mouth dry. Tongue feels swollen. Tongue numb, with neuralgic pains. Tongue white. Taste bitter.


      Dry, red, dry and hot. Feels swollen. Burning. Raw. Stinging pains on swallowing and coughing. Tonsils dark red; sticking pains as from an angular body.


      Thirst for cold water. Vomiting after drinking. Vomiting bloody mucus. Burning, extending to throat. Anxious pulsation in pit. Sensitive to touch.


      Sticking pains and tenderness in the liver. Constriction in hepatic region and across both hypochondria. Abdomen swollen, sensitive, hot. Cutting pains. Flatulent colic after taking cold.

Rectum Anus and Stool

      Shooting pains. Painful contractions. Tenesmus. Bleeding haemorrhoids. Constipation. White stools. Green diarrhoea like chopped herbs.

Urinary Organs

      Micturition painful with great anxiety. Tenesmus and burning at neck of the bladder. Burning in urethra on urinating. Urine dark and hot. Scanty. Urine suppressed. Urine bloody.

Sexual Organs, Male

      Testicles swollen, sore, hot, with bruised pain.

Sexual Organs, Female

      Menses suppressed, with anguish. Menorrhagia. Vagina dry and hot. Ovaries inflamed.

Respiratory Organs

      Larynx sensitive to inspired air. Tickling provokes cough. Hoarseness. Dry, short cough, distressing. Bloody expectoration. Shooting pains in chest on coughing. Respiration suffocative, short, very anxious. Constant anxiety to breathe deeply.


      Stitches on coughing or breathing. Oppression with sense of fulness and suffocation. Heat with burning in chest.


      Anxiety about heart. Tumultuous action of. Compression in region of. Rapid action, full, hard pulse; or extremely feeble, fluttering action, with threatening collapse; deathly anxiety.


      Stiffness from the nape of the neck downward. Bruised, lame feeling. Numbness extends to legs.


      General trembling. Numbness. Stitches in inflamed joints.


      Dry, burning hot. Rash of various sorts, nettle-like, measles or scarlet-like. Formication.


      Great sleeplessness with agonized tossing about. Dreams anxious, frightening, wakes with a start.


      Chilliness, even with heat of head and face and thirst, always with anguish. Partial coldness (one cheek). Heat predominates, particularly in head and face. Hot sweat, with general relief, especially of the anxiety. Sweat predominates on the covered parts.

About the author

TF Allen

TF Allen

Dr. Timothy Field Allen, M.D. ( 1837 - 1902)
Born in 1837in Westminster, Vermont. . He was an orthodox doctor who converted to homeopathy
Dr. Allen compiled the Encyclopedia of Pure Materia Medica over the course of 10 years.
In 1881 Allen published A Critical Revision of the Encyclopedia of Pure Materia Medica.

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