English: Monk’s hood
Hindi: Meeta Vish
Malayalam: Athividayam-അതിവിടയം, Vatsanabhi-വത്സനാഭി
Indian aconite or Monk’s hood is a herb, growing up to 1 m tall, root biennial, leaves are 5-10 cm long, acute leaves sharply toothed, palmate with deeply lobed, the flowers in the raceme, more than 2.5 cm long, bright blue to greenish-blue with purple veins.
|Shape-Deeply lobed palmate||Margin-Entire||Venation-parallel|
Useful plant parts:
Vomiting, Fever, Kapha, Dysentery, it is used in snake bites. It is highly toxic.
In Ayurveda, Indian aconite may be used in very controlled and highly diluted forms for specific therapeutic purposes. Here are some potential uses:
It is important to reiterate that due to its extreme toxicity, the use of Indian aconite should never be attempted without the guidance of a qualified and experienced Ayurvedic practitioner. Even in controlled and diluted forms, it should be used with the utmost caution.
In modern times, due to its high toxicity, Indian aconite is not commonly used in mainstream Ayurvedic practice. Safer alternatives with similar therapeutic properties are usually preferred. Always consult a qualified Ayurvedic practitioner before considering the use of any potentially toxic herb.
How to prepare medicines:
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