Veterinary Materia Medica
Aconitum Napellus (Monkshood)
It is appropriate that Aconite should be the first remedy in the materia medica, because it is the first remedy to consider whenever the patient is traumatized or there is shock, fright or fear with trembling, rapid bounding pulse and increased respiration.
This remedy is especially indicated when the condition has come on quickly, is associated either with intense inflammation or extreme fear. The aconite patient suffers their pain with great intensity. To the animal or person the pain is intolerable and the patient is driven to despair with it.
Tendency to faint and severe loss of strength (Ars. Camp., Hydro-ac) paleness, weakness. This animal will want very much to lie down. The do not wish to be touched. There may be inflammation of inner parts (mucous membranes). Tightness of the muscles (acute rheumatism). Fevers, inflammatory and due to infectious diseases - especially the early stage of fever with malaise. The patient with an aconite fever will want to be uncovered. Often there is a great aversion to light. Consider this remedy for foreign bodies (dust, stickers, plant awns) in the eyes. An animal in an aconite state does not like to go out into a crowd, where there is any excitement or many people, aversion to cross the street.
Physical and mental restlessness and fright, are the most characteristic manifestations of Aconite. Acute, sudden, and violent invasion, with fever, call for it.
Remember, Aconite is a brief acting remedy, but it acts very quickly. It may have to be repeated several times at short intervals (its effects can be seen in minutes). To be effective it must be used at the early onset of symptoms (first 24 to 48 hours).
Use Aconite in the early stages of all feverish conditions where there is sudden appearance of symptoms. Outstanding when given at the earliest onset. This is one remedy that should be kept on hand as it can literally stop viruses and illness before they can take hold. Use any time an animal (or a family member for that matter) is feeling slightly off or has been exposed to sickness.
• USE AT THE FIRST SIGN OF ILLNESS - FIRST 24 HOURS
• ACONITE IS THE MOST VALUABLE FEVER REDUCER IN THE ENTIRE RANGE OF THERAPEUTIC AGENTS
• USE TO STEADY THE NERVES FROM THE BAD EFFECTS OF FRIGHT , TRAUMATIZED RIGHT AFTER A FALL, TRAFFIC ACCIDENT, ATTACK OR ABUSE
• SUDDEN RAPID HEARTBEAT - TACHYCARDIA
• TO HELP CONTROL PAIN OF ANY KIND
• RETENTION OF URINE IN THE NEWBORN
• WHEN THERE IS HEMORRHAGE (BLEEDING), ESPECIALLY IF DISTRESS IS APPARENT WITH TREMBLING, INCREASED HEART RATE AND RESPIRATION
• FREQUENT STOOLS WITH STRAINING, SMALL BROWN, PAINFUL, BLOOD OR PURE BLOOD PASSES WITHOUT FECES.
• A state of fear, anguish of mind and body, restlessness
• Sudden and violent onset of symptoms call for it
• Sudden rapid heartbeat
• Sudden and great sinking of strength
• Does not want to be touched
• Afraid to go out or cross the street
• Pain is unbearable and drives them to despair
REMEMBER - ACCIDENTS - SHOCK - TREMBLING - FRIGHT - FEVER - CHILLS
Better: In the open air.
Worse: In the evening and at night; in a warm room, when rising, when lying on the left or affected side.
Aconite is the acute of Sulphur, and both precedes and follows it in acute inflammatory conditions.
Definition of Homeopathic Terms
What are keynotes? They are highlights of a remedy's best known characteristics, symptoms and modalities.
In a homeopathic Materia Medica some words or sentences are in CAPITALS, bold or italics; these are usually the remedy's keynotes.
Key Notes give us clues to choosing a remedy. Especially in acute prescribing.
What are modalities?
They are modifying and qualifying factors of a remedy, they are what makes someone's symptoms feel better (ameliorated, 'amel') or worse (aggravated or 'agg.')
Modalities may apply to weather, movement, activity, time of day, heat or cold, plus desires and aversions, to food, thirst, being touched, held, etc.
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