Traditional herbal drugs - Commonly used in Snake bite Management - An Update

  • Shreevanitha Associate Professor, Department of Agadatantra, Muniyal Ayurveda Medical Sciences, Manipal, Karnataka, India.
Keywords: Snake bite, toxicology, folk medicine, traditional medicine, Ayurveda


Due to the advent of modern technologies and methodologies, the lineage of practitioners has been discontinued for the present and upcoming generations, as a result of which the ancient knowledge is at the verge of extinct. Thereby, resulting in loss of sacred ancient knowledge of Visha Chikitsa, which was formulated and passed on to several generations by our ancient researchers. As the folklore practitioners failed in documenting the theories due to illiteracy, modern era has failed in gaining the precious sacred knowledge. Need for documentation and setting a medical standard to these practices is high, to give a dignified touch to the practices. Herbal drugs are to be made available in the modernized capsule, tablets or powder form with more palatability, easy availability, and long shelf life. So that victims at any corner of the world can make the best use of it and attain the profit to the maximum extent. Resources for the preparation of medicaments are at the verge of extinct due to deforestation, natural calamities and modernized polluted environment. Government should take up the responsibility to nurture, promote and propagate the ideas and medications in order to make the best use of naturally available healing techniques.


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How to Cite
Shreevanitha. (2023). Traditional herbal drugs - Commonly used in Snake bite Management - An Update. Journal of Ayurveda and Integrated Medical Sciences, 7(11), 186 - 190. Retrieved from
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