Ayurveda and Science

Vatsnabh/वत्सनाभ/MeethaVish/Monks Hood/Aconitum Ferox


Meethavish Plant
Hindi Name: MeethaVish
Sanskrit Name: Vatsnabh
English Name: Monks Hood
Latin Name: Aconitum ferox
A deciduous perennial that grows to 1.0 meters (3.3 feet) high by 0.5 meters (1.65 feet) wide and prefers many types of soil with a pH ranging from acid to alkaline and partial to full sun with moderate moisture. This plant has hermaphrodite flowers and i

Aconitum Ferox Medicinal Uses

It is a very famous medication in Ayurveda for fever and all inflammatory conditions. Meethavish plant is one of the most ancient home remedies for fever. It has a diuretic action, causes bradycardia and reduces sweating. On local application in the form of a paste made out of root powder it reduces swelling and pain and is thus used frequently in Arthritis.

Chemical Composition

Monks hood contains an aconitine like toxin called Pseudo Aconitine. Other alkaloids include aconitine, Picro aconitine, Benzylo aconitine and Homonopelin.

Effect on

Pacifies Vata and Kapha.
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