[Aconite in homeopathic relief of post-operative pain and agitation in children]

Pediatrie. 1990;45(7-8):465-6.
[Article in French]


Despite the use of modern analgesic methods and an improved use of narcotics, the combination pain-agitation sometimes persists in the recovery-room. Aconit seems to be an appropriate homeopathic treatment in this case. To prescribe it, the following conditions must be combined: violence and suddeness of the stress bringing about intense and anguish. The study included 50 children with such symptoms; it was carried out double-blind, the children being given either placebo or Aconit. Aconit proved to be effective for children's postoperative agitation with 95% good results. It is usually stated in such studies that the placebo effect is high and may reach rates higher than 30%. Aconit is an amazing cure when well prescribed, as much for the speediness of its action as for its efficiency. This remedy has a place in the recovery-room and should be in every physician's emergency case. The fundamental research could specify how the remedy works and may be discover other molecules effective for stress.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • English Abstract
  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Aconitum / administration & dosage*
  • Aconitum / therapeutic use
  • Adolescent
  • Anxiety / drug therapy
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Double-Blind Method
  • Female
  • Homeopathy*
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Pain, Postoperative / drug therapy*