Botanical name : Aconitum napellus Linn, Aconitum ferox Linn.
Family : Ranunculaceae
Vatsanabha, Halahala, Pranahara
Rasa : Madhura
Guna : Rooksha, Teekshna, Lakhu, Vyavayi, Vikashi
Virya : Ushna
Vipaka : Madhura
PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Indian aconite
Hindi : Bachnag, Meetavish
Malayalam : Vatsanabhi
Distribution – Cultivated in Himachal Pradesh, Panjab, Sikkim states in India; also grows wild in Himalayan peninsula.
A biennial herb grows up to 90 cm in height. Leaves scattered with slender petiole, palmately compound, with fleshy leaf blades. Flowers blue, in long recemes. Fruits oblong, seeds obovoid to pyramidal shaped, Root tubers are dark brown and is extremely poisonous.
Plant pacifies vitiated vata, pitta, fever, cough, asthma, bronchitis, hypotension, colic, flatulence, dyspepsia, amenorrhea, skin diseases, low back pain, arthritis, hepatitis and cardiac debility. The root powder in large dose is narcotic to lethal.
Useful part : Root tuber.