Report on Aconite Side Effects and Usage


Natural health supplements sometimes have unexpected side effects or interactions with medication that can lead to adverse reactions that are sometimes life threatening. The following is a list of cautions that you should be aware of before using Aconite (Monkshood, Aconitum napellus). These are referred to as drug/herb interactions.

Warning 1 – Antiarrhythmics: Using aconite with antiarrhythmics increases toxicity.

Warning 2 – Antihypertensives: Aconite increases toxicity.

Warning 3 – Cardiac glycosides: Aconite increases toxicity.

Used as a natural health remedy: Aconite has been used internally for the following benefits:

  • analgesic, to relieve pain
  • antipyretic, lowers body temperature to prevent or alleviate fever
  • speed wound healing

Side Effects of Aconite

The known side effects of aconite include:

  1. Abdominal pain
  2. Cardiac arrhythmia
  3. Heart palpitations
  4. Nausea
  5. Respiratory paralysis
  6. Vomiting

The use of Aconite supplements is controversial. Historically it has been used to poison the tips of arrows used in hunting animals.

As with any herb, a serious allergic reaction is possible. Seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction. These may include a rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, or trouble breathing.

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