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Vatsanabha – Aconitum ferox

Vatsanabha – Aconitum ferox

Vatsanabha, commonly known as Monk’s hood or Indian aconite is one of most commonly used herb for the alleviation of pain and allergic conditions. Vatsanabha pocess poisonous properties but it is used as a medicine in Ayurveda after purification. It is purified either by immersing in cow’s urine for 3 days or by immersing and boiling in milk for 3-6 hours.

 

Dr. Gupta’s IAFA have been studying on readily available herbs for the purpose of alleviating allergic condition. Our experts studied on Vatsanabha and proven the plant’s therapeutic activities like Antiallergic, Febrifuge, Antidiarrheal, Spasmogenic, Psychostimulant, Cardiac stimulant, Analgesic, Diaphoretic, Anodyne, Irritant, Sedative actions etc. Thin layer chromatography studies have shown that toxic substances like pseudoaconitine and aconitine in Vatsanabha were converted into far tess toxic substances like vertroylpseudoaconite and bezoylaconite respectively after purification which aids its use in medicine. In low doses Vatsanabha is proven to process actions like antipyretic, analgesic, antirheumatic, appetizer and digestive. Nowadays it is also used in allergic conditions.

Action of Vatsanabha – Aconitum ferox in Allergies

IAFA experts have successfully proven the antiallergic property of the plant Vatsanabha. The plant contains phytoconstituents like indaconitine, chasmaconitine, chasmanine, lycoctonine, aconitine, delphinine, bikhacontine, pseudaconitine etc. These phytoconstituents aids the antiallergic and analgesic property of Vatsanabha. It can also be effectively used in allergic conditions.

Vernacular Names and Classification

Botanical nameAconitum ferox
FamilyRananculaceae
Native Names             
Sanskrit NameVatsanabha, Visham, Garalam
Hindi NameMithazahar
English NameMonk’s hood, Indian aconite
Malayalam NameVatsanabhi
Kannada NameVatsanabhi
Marathi NameVachnag

Ayurveda Reference of Vatsanabha – Aconitum ferox

Morphology of Vatsanabha – Aconitum ferox

  • It is a herb with tuberous roots
  • Stem is erect and slender
  • Leaves are scattered, distant
  • Inflorescence is raceme
  • Flowers are blue
  • Fruits are follicle

Geographical Distribution of Vatsanabha – Aconitum ferox

Vatsanabha is found in alpine and subalpine western Himalayan regions.

Phytoconstituents of Vatsanabha – Aconitum ferox

The plant contains phytoconstituents like indaconitine, chasmaconitine, chasmanine, lycoctonine, aconitine, delphinine, bikhacontine, pseudaconitine etc.

Parts Used of Vatsanabha – Aconitum ferox

  • Root

Dosage of Vatsanabha – Aconitum ferox

  1. Powder (churna) – 62.5 – 125 mg

Medicinal Properties of Vatsanabha – Aconitum ferox

  • Kasahara – relieves cough
  • Vedanahara-relieves pain
  • Sophahara – relieves swelling
  • Swasahara – relieves asthma
  • Rasayana – rejuvenative
  • Jwaraghna – useful in fever
  • Pacana – digestant
  • Dipana – carminative

Home Remedies of Vatsanabha – Aconitum ferox

Ayurveda is an ancient Indian system of medicine which uses commonly seen herbs to treat various diseases. Vatsanabha is one of the commonly as en herb and has different uses like,

  1. As Rejuvenative (Rasayana) – Vatsanabha is regarded as one of the rasayana drugs and is an important ingredient in various rasayanas.
  2. In Chronic fever (Jirnajwara) – Powder of Vatsanabha, Symplocusracemosa, Santalum album, Acoruscalamus is taken with sugar, ghee, honey and milk.
  3. In Swelling (Sotha) – Powder of Vatsanabha is made into a paste and applied.
  4. In Fever (Jwara) – Powder of Vatsanabha is taken along with honey and ghee.
  5. As Digestant (Pacana) – The purified root of Vatsanabha is powdered and taken after food.
  6. As a Carminative (Deepana) – Vatsanabha powdered and taken before food. It can act as a carminative.
  7. In Pain (Sula) – Powdered Vatsanabha along with honey and ghee is administered.
  8. In Cough (Kasa) – Vatsanabha powdered and taken with honey.

Article Written By: Dr. Sahil Gupta, Ayurvedic Allergist

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