– SUDARSHAN SR ,NON MALARIAL FEVERS
Aconite is generally considered to be the remedy par excellence in the early stage of fevers. But it is likely that it is not so useful in damp, humid places as in dry, intensely cold climates.
Let us now see what KENT has to say about Aconite:
”Strong robust people, rugged children and infants become sick, not from a very slight cold, or from slight exposure, but from more violent exposure to the cold, north dry wind. This is the class of patients, the plethoric and vigorous, who have a strong heart active brain, vigorous circulation, and come down suddenly from violent exposure, that need Aconite…In plethoric children we have an illustration of that in the sudden congestion of the brain with intense fever, or with convulsions.”
”It is suited to complaints that come in suddenly from the very cold weather of winter, or from the intensely hot weather of summer.
”Never give Aconite in blood poisoning such as we find in Scarlet fever, in typhoid fever, etc. There should be no thought of Aconite in the slow coming continued fevers.
”The most violent attack of fever will subside in a night if Aconite is the remedy. If it is not it is a pity that you made a mistake in giving it, for it will sometimes do mischief.”
H.C. Allen has given a very succinct picture of Aconite:
Causation: “Dry cold north or west winds, hot days and cool nights; getting wet (Dulc., Rhus.-t.); suppressed perspiration by uncovering or sitting in a draft; by fright; rheumatic exposure.”
”Chilly when uncovered or even touched; chilliness on the slightest movements, even by lifting of bed clothes (Nux-V.)”
”Coldness, with redness and heat of one cheek, coldness and paleness of the other (Cham., Ipec.)”
”Chill with one hot cheek, anxiety.”
”Body chilly, with red face, hot cheeks, hot forehead, and ear lobules.”
”High fever, with restlessness and anxious tossing about, nervous excitability.”
”Dry, burning heat.”
”Red face while lying and pale face and fainting when rising up.”
”Great thirst for large quantities of water; everything else tastes bitter.”
”Is rarely indicated, per se, as the remedy to cure. Cause often the characteristic indication, then it acts promptly and cures permanently.”
POTENCY: Dr. T. P. Chatterjee suggests that in simple fevers, especially in winter, Aconite 3x should be given every hour until there is sweating, after which it should be stopped.
Jahr was usually administering Acon. 30, three globules dissolved in half a tumbler of water, one teaspoonful every three hours.
Dr. Hughes was using Aconite 1x while Ruddock recommends the 3x potency for domestic use.
RELATIONSHIP: Ipec., Bry., Puls., Sep., and Sul., follow Acon. In pulmonary febrile affections.
Coff. Is complementary to Acon. In fever.
Abuse of Acon. Calls for Sul.