Plant-based homeopathic remedy: Aconite and Fly Agaric

In homeopathy, ailments are treated according to the law of equals. This law, devised by Hipocrates, means that it is assumed that a substance that makes healthy people sick can heal the sick. Ailments are treated with homeopathic medicines: tinctures made from natural products. Homeopathic medicines are often made from plants. It has long been known that some plants have great medicinal properties. In the past, the person who knew about the healing properties was both praised and feared. When healed, these people were heroes, when by accident, they were labeled witch.
One of the most important herbal remedies used in homeopathy is aconitum. This article will be about that


Aconitum, general information

  • The Dutch name of this plant is either aconite or blue monkshood.
  • The plant grows in moist, mountainous and shady areas in Europe and Central Asia, but is now also seen as an ornamental plant.
  • The name aconitum is based on a former function of the plant. Because the sap of the plant is very poisonous, arrowheads were dipped in the deadly substance. The Greek word for arrow is acon.
  • In the past, aconite was mainly used externally to relieve bruises and pain in joints. Internal use was rare because the plant is very poisonous.
  • The aconite is also known as witch’s herb because of its toxicity.
  • In Greek mythology, Medea tries to poison Theseus with aconite, but is unable to do so.
  • Like arsenic, aconite is often used by detective writers as a murder weapon in a murder story.

Appearance of the plant

The aconite is a plant that has blue-purple, cap-shaped flowers in the summer. The leaves of the plant are green. The poison that makes the plant dangerous is located in the roots.

Aconitum in homeopathy

Although the plant aconite was used early on to treat external ailments, and knowing full well that the plant was poisonous, Hahnemann decided to study the plant again in 1805. He focused on the effects of the plant when used internally. After the results of these tests, aconitum was increasingly used as a replacement for the well-known bloodletting.

Aconitum is prescribed by homeopaths to people who are irritable. Due to irritability, people, although healthy and strong, can suddenly become ill and quickly weaken. The drug is prescribed for many acute infections. This includes colds and coughs. It is also prescribed to mothers (and possibly children) when they experience stress some time after birth.

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Not all homeopathic medicines are made from plants. One of the most commonly used natural elements is the Agaricus, popularly known as the fly agaric.


Agaricus, general information

The Dutch name of the agaricus is the fly agaric. This name has to do with the function of fly agarics in the past. They were crumbled in milk. This drink was used as a poison against flies.
Fly agarics grow in the summer in dry meadows and forests in various parts of Europe, Asia and the United States. In the past, the mushrooms were used to make people hallucinate. It was believed that these people could then come into contact with the spirit world and further increase their endurance. The fly agaric is mentioned as one of the ingredients of witch’s ointment. This ointment induces hallucinations that make the person using it think he is flying.

Appearance of the mushroom

The mushroom has a red cap covered with white dots. There is no specific shade of red that accurately reflects the color of the hat. Some fly agarics will be dark red, while others may appear more orange. The hat is usually 5 to 15 centimeters wide. The white dots visible on the cap are remnants of a shell that the mushroom was in before it took on this form. The fly agaric also has spores. These are elliptical in shape.

Agaricus in homeopathy

The agaricus has a narcotic effect in small doses. A reasonable overdose can be fatal, because the mushroom is very poisonous. A mild overdose causes nausea, breathing problems, diarrhea and delusions. These symptoms disappear within 24 hours. The fly agaric has been part of homeopathy since 1828. Doctor Sapf examined him. The fly agaric is not used as a medicine in any other way.
People who are prescribed agaricus generally suffer from morbid fantasies, fears and are often overprotective. They often also suffer from hypochondria, fear of illness. They are often afraid that they have cancer. Agaricus is most suitable for people who are sensitive to cold when sick. Also those who suffer from some problems related to the nervous system, such as Parkinson’s, chorea and convulsions.