#2. Aconitum 30C

#2. Aconitum 30C - common aconite, monkshood, wolfsbane




            This plant was known to the ancient Greeks and often used, in crude form, as a poison.  It is said that hunters in the Alps dipped their arrows in the juice of the plant before hunting wolves; thus leading to the common name, Wolfs bane.


Professional Review:



Aconite has a very important place in every homeopathic kit, for both the professional and layperson, as it can relieve so many ailments arising from acute or emergency situations.  Use Aconitum at the first sign or early stage of a cold, cough, fever or any type of inflammation (e.g. tonsillitis, ear infection, acute arthritis, injury to the eye).  Good first-stage croup remedy.  Useful for complaints which come on suddenly and rapidly, or any complaints caused by a chill, cold wind, fright or shock.  Skin may be hot and dry, patient very thirsty for cold drinks.  Symptoms can manifest or worsen in the evening or around midnight.


It is a key children’s remedy, as complaints are often sudden and intense, with anxiety which clearly describes the portrait of this remedy.


 For acute panic or anxiety attacks which come on suddenly, especially following a fright or shock.  Complaints are usually accompanied by an extreme fear of death, or with restlessness and a general fearful state.  Can also be used for chronic ailments which appear after a fright or shock (the feeling of "never well since  a fright or shock").  Can be used for any situation where there is a fear of death or panic.  Useful during childbirth, where the mother is panicking and the labour comes on too fast.


                                                  Use immediately after a violent or frightening event - such as an accident, or injury - for either a fearful state or extreme pain.  

Take 1 dose every 15 minutes. for1 hour, then every hour if needed. 

Max. 8 doses.  Follow with Arnica (#3) for general bruising symptoms.   


My on set experiences: #2 Aconitum



I once made a little film called "TheFrog Pond," which was based on a childhood memory of a summer adventure.  Alex House played the lead. He was 9 years old at the time and a great kid.  One day, my assistants came running to tell me that Alex was ill.  I in turn ran to his mother who told me that Alex said he was catching a cold.  He looked ill and had no energy.  She allowed me to give him a pill of Aconitum and within 5 minutes he was playing again and seemed in good spirits.  His cure was so quick that I often wonder if he was putting me on in the first place But experience tells me otherwise.


               Aconitum is a spectacular remedy that works miracles at stopping colds, if taken early enough.  I do not get colds because, at the first chill or sneeze, I take the remedy.  (My mentor in homeopathy actually does not advocate this - she doesn’t think it’s a bad thing to get a cold but when working the hours we do, I think it is best to be well.)



              In the fall of 2003, I spent too much time in a frigid river shooting a little comedy about a fisherman who gets caught by a fish  I started to shiver and feel chilled after about an hour of being in the water.  My assistant brought me my kit and one globule of Aconitum did the trick.



               I have used Aconitum whenever there seems to be a quick change in a person’s condition, either  physical and/or mental.  I use it when someone is coming down with something very fast, like a rise in temperature, a sudden feeling of fear, or after a sudden shock.