Difference between Aconite and Belladonna in fever



Chill: Ascends from feet to chest. One hot cheek, contracted pupils. Red face when lying down, pale face and fainting when sitting up. Chilly from being touched, or even lifting bed clothes. Body chilly, forehead and ears hot. Heat: Redness and heat of one, coldness and paleness of the other cheek. Sensation of coldness in the blood-vessels. Likes to be uncovered.

Sweat: Covered or affected parts sweat profusely. Sour smelling sweat all over the body. Tongue: Coated white “strawberry tongue.” Everything but water tastes bitter, taste of rotten eggs.


Chill: 1. Begins in both arms at once, 2. over body. Hot face, dilated pupils. Pale face when lying down, red face when sitting up. Chill after eating, with redness of the face. Chilliness,

with redness and heat of ears and nose. Heat: Forehead hot, with cold face and cold cheeks. Distended superficial blood-vessels, like whip-cords on the skin. Averse to uncovering.

Sweat: On covered parts only, or on covering parts ever so little. Sweat stains the linen yellow. Sweat of empyreumatic odor. Tongue: Red, dry, “scarlatina like”, mouth and fauces dry.

Food tastes salty: bread sour.

It has been taught by some authors, and believed by many members of the homoeopathic faith, that Aconite and Belladonna- except as incurrents during the congestive stage of heat-are useless in the treatment of intermittent fever. But the law of cure, as enunciated by Hahnemann, knows no such narrow restrictions, and is not bound by the ipse dixit of individual opinion.


If Aconite or Belladonna cover the totality of the patient’s symptoms, it will cure this fever. They are comparatively rarely indicated, but will effectually do their work when called for.

The characteristic symptoms of the remedy must always be the guide.

Analysis: Congested, red, hot face, head and carotids throbbing, pupils dilated, cold extremities.

Heat, intense, burning within and without, great thirst, distended blood-vessels, aggravation uncovering.

Sweat, on covered parts only, or on covering slightly.

A typical Belladonna picture, irrespective of the paroxysm.


“Where there is a doubt whether Aconite or Belladonna should be given, I have always found that a disposition to perspire constitutes a valuable indication for Belladonna.”



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