Aconite ( 附子 ) ...Chinese Herb...
Radix Aconiti Lateralis Preparata
of Plant Used
Heart, Spleen, Kidneys
This herb is used in formulas that stimulate the metabolism and tonify the
heart muscle (TCM: "wakens the yang," produces heat, moves water).
Usages and Functions
Restores devastated Yang; warms Kidney Fire; strengthens yang; warms Kidney
and Spleen; expels cold; warms and opens the channels; alleviates pain.
Formulas Used In
Aconite is generally prepared to remove its toxicity.
Aconite is used in small doses since it is a strong preparation. It is rarely
used alone, except topically, and is usually combined with other warming herbs.
Do not use during pregnancy. Although there are usually warnings of its toxicity,
aconite's prepared forms are only mildly toxic and in formulas are considered
quite safe. If you find yourselffeeling too warm while taking a formula containing
aconite, just discontinue the formula or remove the aconite. Aconite should
not be used where there is a Yin deficiency with heat.