Aconitum (generic name)

treats Arrhythmia, Heart failure, and Post-operative pain
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DISCLAIMER: These uses have been tested in humans or animals. Safety and effectiveness have not always been proven. Some of these conditions are potentially serious, and should be evaluated by a qualified healthcare provider.

Arrhythmia (abnormal heart rhythms): The toxic effects associated with aconitine (a poisonous alkaloid and the active principle of aconite) limit its ability to be used to treat bradycardia (slow heartbeat). Additional study is needed in this area to make a strong recommendation.
Grade: C

Heart failure: The toxic effects associated with aconite limit its ability to be used to treat heart failure, including reno-cardiovascular disease and left ventricular function. Further study is needed to confirm these results.
Grade: C

Post-operative pain (in infants): There is limited data on the use of aconite or any of its derivatives in treating pain. Homeopathic aconite may help relieve postoperative agitation, but further information is needed to confirm these results.
Grade: C

Tradition

WARNING: DISCLAIMER: The below uses are based on tradition, scientific theories, or limited research. They often have not been thoroughly tested in humans, and safety and effectiveness have not always been proven. Some of these conditions are potentially serious, and should be evaluated by a qualified healthcare provider. There may be other proposed uses that are not listed below.
Abortifacient (induces abortion), agitated behavior, analgesia (pain reliever), antibacterial, antifungal, anxiety, arthritis, ascites (fluid in the abdomen), asthma, blindness (amaurosis; transient monocular blindness), bronchitis, bruises, cancer, catalepsy (trancelike state), central nervous system depressant (large doses), chicken pox, cholera, chronic low back pain, CNS stimulant, common cold, convulsions, cough, croup, cystitis (bladder infection), dandruff, dengue ("break bone fever"), depression, diabetes mellitus, diarrhea, dysentery (severe diarrhea), eclampsia (pregnancy-induced high blood pressure), enlarged glands, esophagitis (inflamed esophagus), fever, fractures, glossitis (inflamed tongue), gonorrhea (STD), gout (inflamed foot), hair loss, headache, heart disease, hemorrhage, hemorrhoids, hepatitis, Hodgkin's disease, hypertension (high blood pressure), hypocalcemic tetany, immune deficiency, inflammation, inflammation (pleurodynia), inflammatory conditions (of the mouth and pharyngeal area), influenza, insomnia, intermittent claudication (pain or fatigue in arms and legs due to poor supply of oxygen to the muscles), joint pain, laryngitis, lice, malaise, mania, measles, meningitis, menstrual disorders, migraine, miscarriages, mumps, musculoskeletal disorders, myalgia (muscle pain), neck stiffness, nephritis (inflamed kidneys), neuralgia (nerve pain), neurological disorders, ophthalmologic (eye) disorders, otitis media (middle ear infection), pain, paralysis, peripheral neuropathy pain, peritonitis (infection of abdominal cavity), pertussis (whooping cough), phlegmasia alba dolens (milk leg syndrome), pleurisy (inflamed lungs), pneumonia, polydipsia (excessive thirst), prolapsed uterus, rash, rash (heat), respiratory disease, rheumatoid arthritis, roseola (viral illness), scarlet fever, sciatica, scirrhus (hard tumor), seizure disorder (epilepsy), septicemia (blood poisoning), skin pigmentation disorders (chronic exanthemata), sleep disorders, smell disorders, spine problems (myelitis), stroke, sweating, teething, testicular damage, tetanus, tonsillitis, toothache, trigeminal neuralgia (nerve pain), tuberculosis, urinary retention, vertigo, yellow fever.
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