Indian Aconites: Boon or Bane?Selvam ABD*
Pharmacognosy Section, Botanical Survey of India, Howrah-711 103, Kolkata, India
- *Corresponding Author:
- ABD Selvam
Pharmacognosy Section, Botanical Survey of India
Howrah-711 103, Kolkata, India
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E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: September 07, 2015; Accepted date: October 08, 2015; Published date: October 08, 2015
Citation: Selvam ABD (2015) Indian Aconites: Boon or Bane? J Pharmacogn Nat Prod 1:104. doi: 10.4172/2472-0992.1000104
Copyright: © 2015 Selvam ABD. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Aconites were widely recognized as deadly poisonous plants since ancient times and are used in various traditional systems of medicine such as Chinese, Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani, Tibetan medicine, etc. after eliminating the toxic effect through traditional methods and are also used in modern Homoeopathic and Allopathic systems. Aconitum ferox is known as Indian aconitum, which is seven times more poisonous than the Aconitum nepellus, the European aconitum. Further, Aconitum ferox is also known as ‘the king of poisons’ due to the presence of highly poisonous alkaloids in its roots. This article highlights the botanical/medicinal importance of Indian Aconties and their legal status for trade/export.