Vatsnabh (Aconitum Ferox ) is a perennial , tuberous rooted and herbaceous herb with a height of 3 feet .
Leaves of this plant are lobed or cleft , simple and alternate and oval in shape . On the top leaves are smaller in size and towards the bottom leaves are longer in size.
Tuberous root of this plant are dark brown from outside but yellowish from inside.
Fruits are tube like capsules or just like helmet that opens at the top .
This plant is very catchy because it bears very beautiful yellow , pink and blue zygomorphic flowers with numerous stamens . Flowers and Fruits appear in the month of July to November.
PURIFICATION OF VATSNABH :-
1 Roots of the plant are tied in cotton cloth . These tied roots are dipped in cow`s urine for three days and are exposed to sunlight daily . After exposed to sunlight cow`s urine is replaced with water . After three days roots are dried and preserved for medicinal use.
2 Dip roots of the plant to cow`s milk or goat`s milk and heat it for 3 hours to make roots purified .Milk is considered to be the best medium to remove the poison of blue aconite .
Subkingdom :- Viridiplantae (green plants)
Infrakingdom:- Streptophyta (land plants)
Super Division :- Embryophyta
Division :- Tracheophyta (vascular plants)
Subdivision :- Spermatophytina (seed plants)
Class :- Magnoliopsida
Super Order :- Ranunculanae
Order :- Ranunculales
Family :- Ranunculaceae (buttercups)
Genus :- Aconitum L. (monkshood or aconite)
Species :- Aconitum ferox Wall. ex Ser. (Indian aconite)
Sanskrit Name :- Vatsanabha , Visham, Garalam
Hindi Name :- Mithazahar
English Name :- Monk`s hood ,Indian Aconite
Malayalam Name :- Vatsanabhi
Kannada Name :- Vatsanabhi
Marathi Name :- Vachnag
AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES :-
|Guna (Main :-Quality)||RUKSHA (Dry), TIKSHNA (Sharp), LAGHU (Light), VYAVAYI, VIKASI|
|Virya (Potency) :-||USHNA (Hot)|
|Vipaka :- (Resultant)||MADHURA (Sweet)|
|Dhatu (Tissue):- Effect||Rasa (body fluids), Rakta (blood), Mamsa (muscular tissue), Meda (adipose tissue)|
|Organs Effect :-||Stomach, Liver, Skin, Heart|
|Excretion :-||Urine, Saliva, Gastric Juice, Sweat, Bile|
1 To Cure pain of all body parts :-Vatsanabha oil can eliminate all types of pain. Additionally, applying this paste on arthritis and swelling of small joints is beneficial.
It is beneficial by giving very small amount of it in sciatica, arthritis (knee pain), archery (growing body).
2 To Cure Frequent urination :- Any person who does not stop urinating or has trouble while discarding it, should take Vatsanabha equal to half of rice.
3 Helpful in fever :- To cure recurrent fever, giving equal quantity of Vatsnabha half rice, along with sulfur, sohaga, cinnamon and other peppery fragrances, the fever is cured.
By giving small amount of Vatsanabha in fever due to cold, one gets relief.
In wounds, swelling and fever, take pure asafoetida, pure icing, pure vasanabha, juice of Nirgundi, Nagadanti in equal quantity and grind it well and make a tablet. Taking 1-1 of these pills daily in the morning and evening gives relief.
4 For asthma :-Grind 20 grams of black myrobalan, 10 grams of peepal, 20 grams of chitrak and 5 grams of pure vatsanabh and mix it with cow’s ghee and make a mixture.
Giving 2 to 3 grams of this to honey gives benefit in diseases like asthma.
5 Useful in diabetes, leprosy:- Mix 10 grams pure Bachnag in 70 grams walnuts and then give up to one fourth part of it to the patient for 3 days.It gives relief from diseases like leprosy, horrors (diarrhea due to fear), paralysis (paralysis) and diabetes.
In addition, it also helps to remove scorpion venom, inflammation, tonsils, cough.
6 Work As Rasayana :- Vatsanabha is regarded as one of the rasayana drugs and is an important ingredient in various rasayanas.
7 Help In Digestion :- Purified Root Powder of Vatsnabh taken after meal is helpful in digestion .
8 As Carminative ( Deepana) :- Vatsnabh root powder taken before meal is act as carminative .
It is considered to be the most poisonous herb that contain most toxic alkaloid called pseudacotinine. It may cause some serious symptoms like :-
1 Severe Vomiting
2 Body Fatigue
3 Paralysis of upper and lower limb
4 Drastic fall in Blood Pressure
5 Nervous Damage that may lead to coma
7 Cardiac and Renal Failure
8 Finally Cause Death
Vaidya Karanvir Singh is the younger Vaidya in Chandigarh Ayurved & Panchakarma Centre. He is the fourth generation in his family who is practicing as a general consultant in Ayurved & Panchakarma treatment at Chandigarh. In his practice, he had treated more than 1000 plus patients worldwide.