Snakes, which are said to be cold blooded, are found everywhere--in land, sea, grassy and marshy lands, and deserts. Venomous snakes are not found in Antarctica. Most of the snakes found in hot regions are venomous. In cold regions their movement is less. They cannot be seen in winter. They come out freely in spring and summer. In tropical countries, venomous snakes are commonly found. They are quite dangerous, mostly fatal. hence, it is advisable to be on the alert to encounter such dangers. Here are some Ayurvedic remedies for snake and insect bites.
Snake bite is dangerous
Snakes are on their move in search of prey. Normally, snakes do not harm humans. But they bite for defensive purpose against predators. When they are disturbed, they bite to safeguard their security. They inject venom into the body of the predator. A sting normally results in a wound or lesion at the area of bite. The venom causes a kind of burning sensation. Poison spreads to the other parts of the body. The person affected may experience itching, shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting, dizziness and muscle spasms.
Ayurvedic treatments for snake bites
1) The patient should not get panic. Because more deaths occur only when the patient becomes panic. But time is very important in controlling the spread of venom.
2) Ayurvedic medicines are given orally. They are available in Ayurvedic pharmacies. Ayurvedic medicines normally have no side effects. Nowadays, Ayurvedic medicines are administered through injections also.
3) Ayurveda uses herbs such as nirgundi(Vitex Negundo), kakamaci(Solanum Americanum Miller), black pepper, long pepper, sacred basil, nagatali(Martynia annua), vishaminjil (Crinum latifolium), aloe vera, prickly chaff flower(Achyranthes aspera), and many other common plants found easily in the countryside.
4) As a home remedy, Ayurveda suggests drinking the juice of banana stem which is very effective in removing poison of insects and snakes.
5) Chewing neem(margosa) leaves with salt and black pepper is helpful in removing poison. The person who has poison in the body will taste it sweet while chewing.
6) A plant called Sahachara in Ayurveda, botanically called Acanthus ilicifolius, is used for curing snake bite. This anti-inflammatory, hepatoprotective, anti-osteoporotic, chemopreventive herb is commonly found in tropical countries. Decoction of root, leaves and tender shoots is administered orally.
A Catholic priest treating snake bites with Ayurvedic medicines
A Catholic priest in South India is using Ayurveda to cure snake bites and he has cured over 10,000 patients with snakebites successfully in the last two decades. People rush to Fr. Augustine’s clinic Christalaya Visha Chikitsalaya in Mandya for treatment. He is treating snake bite cases with Ayurvedic medicines. World Health Organization(WHO) has appreciated his methods of incision and binding with tourniquet. He makes an incision at the wounded area and washes the wound well with an Ayurvedic herbal solution. He says that from the symptoms found near the bite wound we can recognize the nature of snakebite and the type of snake. He has revealed that the intensity of the snakebite varies, depending on high and low tide that occurs due to the gravitational interaction between the earth and the moon.
Modern medical world is not yet aware of the Ayurvedic medicines used for snake bites. Most of the traditional physicians do not reveal the secrets of treatment for poisonous bites since they believe that the treatment will go ineffective if the secret of the medicine is revealed.