(Last Updated on : 23/01/2014)
In Agni Purana Lord Agni has said Vasishtha the different remedies to be administered in the case of snake bite. There are different treatments for different types of snake bites which are to be given to the victim of a snake bite. It has been said that in case of a Gonasa snake bite if the snake charmer pronounces the Mantra running as Hrim, Hrim obeisance to the white-winged bird, is sure to cure a patient bitten by a Gonasa. A potion composed of the expressed juice of Lashunam, Ramatha fruit, Kushtha, Agni, Vyoshaka, and milk, should be deemed as possessed of a similar efficacy.
Similarly in case of case of a bite by a Rajila, the remedy should consist of Krishna, Saindhava salt, clarified butter, and honey, mixed with the washings of Puritati. A Modaka composed of Krishna, treacle, milk, clarified butter, honey, Vyosha, tail and the bones of a cat, and the nails of a mongoose, may be given with advantage in a case, similar, in every respect. A fumigation of the affected part with the vapours of a burning stick composed of Nirgunthi, Kola, Varna and Lashuna, pasted with the milk of a sheep, would make it free of all venom.
A potion composed of the sweats of Manipatra, treated with Kanjika, and mixed with the expressed juice of Kar-pasha, should be given to a man bitten by any of the sixteen kinds of moles. The flowers of the Phalini boiled with oil, should be applied over the spot bitten by a mole, while treacle mixed with Nagara, should be given as a cure for the deranged state of appetite, that marks the sequel to such a case.
Agni Purana has mentioned that twenty different medicines are known for bites by venomous spiders, insects, and scorpions. The drugs known as the Padmaka, Patali, Kusha
, Ushira, sandal-wood, Nirgunthi, Shariva, and Sheli pasted with water, should be applied over the spot bitten by a Luta. Similarly a plaster composed of Gunja, Nirgunthi, Kankola leaves, Shunti, and the two sorts of Rajani pasted with the seed and pulp of Karanja, may be used as a substitute treatment of snake bite. A plaster composed of Manjistha, Sandal-wood, Vyosha flower, Shirisha, and Koumuda, should be applied over the part bitten by a scorpion.
According to the Purana potion composed of the essence of Triphala, Ushira, and washings of Musta, Mansi, Padmaka, and sandal-wood, mixed with goat's milk, should be held beneficial. A potion composed of the five drugs, such as the Vyosha, the Shirisha flowers, etc., and known as the Shirisha Panchangam, should be held remedial to venom of the centipedes. Similarly a plaster composed of Kandhara, and Serisha seeds pasted together, should be held as antidote to the venom of a mole, escaped from the fangs of a poisonous snake. A case of the same nature would yield to a liniment composed of mustard oil, and the roots and branches of the Vyosha pasted together. The venom of all sorts of poisonous insects would prove amenable to a plaster composed - of alkali, Vyosha, Vacha, Asafcetida, Vidanga, Natam, Sandhava salt, Amvasta, Ativala, and Kustha. A potion composed of Yasthi, Vyosha, treacle, and thickened milk, should be held as a certain cure for a bite by rabies infected dog.
Agni Purana says that Mantras are to be uttered before administering any kind of treatment. A sincere prayer says that the drugs and herbs, culled by men in an informal way should retain all their natural and original virtues with the grace of God. And the person who is administering the treatment should achieve success in his ways and means.