Aconite ( 附子 ) ...Chinese Herb...
Latin Plant Name
Radix Aconiti Lateralis Preparata
Pinyin Mandarin Name
Common English Name
Part 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).
Traditional Usages and Functions
Restores devastated Yang; warms Kidney Fire; strengthens yang; warms Kidney and Spleen; expels cold; warms and opens the channels; alleviates pain.
Common 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.
Cautions in Use
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.