Do Herbal Medicines Have Potential for Managing Snake Bite Envenomation?


  • Department of Pharmacology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi – 110029
  • Department of Pharmacology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi – 110029


Antisnake venom, medicinal plants, pharmacological activity, snake bite


Snake envenomation is a global public health problem, with highest incidence in Southeast Asia. Inadequate health services, difficult transportation and consequent delay in antisnake venom administration are the main reasons for high mortality. Adverse drug reactions and inadequate storage conditions limit the use of antisnake venom. The medicinal plants, available locally and used widely by traditional healers, therefore need attention. A wide array of plants and their active principles have been evaluated for pharmacological properties. However, numerous unexplored plants claimed to be antidotes in folklore medicine need to be studied. The present article reviews the current status of various medicinal plants for the management of snake bite.


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Gupta, Y. K., & Peshin, S. S. (2018). Do Herbal Medicines Have Potential for Managing Snake Bite Envenomation?. Toxicology International, 19(2), 89–99. Retrieved from



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