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English name: Atis Root
Hindi name: Atis
Sanskrit name: Aruna, Ghunapriya, Visa
Latin name:Aconitum heterophyllum Wall Pennel

A perennial erect herb with greenish-blue flower found wild in alpine and sub-alpine Himalayas. Root of the herb is used in Ayurveda.


Atis root is primarily employed in the treatment of fevers including malarial conditions and acute respiratory disturbances. As compared to Aconite, which is an extremely toxic plant, Atis root is lesser toxic. However, it also undergoes the procedure of detoxification before being used in the manufacturing of Ayurvedic medicines. Experimental studies hint at its active anti-malarial and antipyretic activities.

Chemical composition

Roots contain intensely bitter alkaloid atisine, dihydroatisine, hetisined, heteratisine, acotinic acid, tannic acid, and pectinous substances. It has abundant starch, fat, and a mixture of oleic, palmitic, stearic glycerides.


Effect on dosha

Pacifies Kapha and Pitta.

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