Agada Tantra — the toxicology branch of Ayurveda June 12, Ayurveda Treatments Ayurvedic Medicines Agada Tantra, also known as Toxicology branch of Ayurveda, or Visha Chikitsa, is one of the eight branches of ayurveda, which refers to various methods of eliminating toxins from the body, apart from being an antidote for poisons. This branch deals with treatment of various natural toxins resulting from wild lives such as animals , insects, or birds, herbs , vegetables, plants, minerals, artificial poisons, water and air pollution. Agada Tantra also includes the negative effects of bad food habits and drugs, which could lead to chronic poisoning symptoms. The natural poison is classified as inanimate Sthaavara , and the animate Jangama.
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Agada Tantra — the toxicology branch of Ayurveda June 12, Ayurveda Treatments Ayurvedic Medicines Agada Tantra, also known as Toxicology branch of Ayurveda, or Visha Chikitsa, is one of the eight branches of ayurveda, which refers to various methods of eliminating toxins from the body, apart from being an antidote for poisons.
This branch deals with treatment of various natural toxins resulting from wild lives such as animals , insects, or birds, herbs , vegetables, plants, minerals, artificial poisons, water and air pollution. Agada Tantra also includes the negative effects of bad food habits and drugs, which could lead to chronic poisoning symptoms. The natural poison is classified as inanimate Sthaavara , and the animate Jangama. Among the inanimate poisons are those of plant origin and toxic minerals, metals, or those found within the earth.
Among the animate poisons are venoms of animals such as scorpions, insects, snakes, etc. Artificial poisons are the poisons prepared by combining various kinds of animate and inanimate poisons. Intoxication could be from various sources including plants, birds, insects, animals, and reptiles, and Ayurveda offers diagnosis and specific treatment for each category.
For Snake Bites Ayurveda has detailed description about various types of dangerous poisons caused by snake bites. The treatment could vary in different traditions. If the type of snake is not known, it is identified by the type of bite and symptoms appearing on the person. As snake bite can lead to quick death, it is attended as an emergency treatment. In case of snake bites, Ayurveda uses the Hrudayavarana Technique, wherein the heart is protected from the poison.
This offers sufficient time to administer medication and treatments, so as to save life. Ayurveda believes that the best way to treat poison is to treat it with poison, which can act effectively against it. Such substances are first processed and converted into medicines. Ayurveda also adopts other methods to remove snake poisoning from the body, such as inducing vomiting, drinking banana stem juice to remove poisoning, intake of basil leaves with water and such other techniques, depending on the type of snake bite and its toxicity.
For Insect Bites Ayurveda believes that several allergic conditions of the skin are caused due to poisoning caused by creatures such as spiders, rats, lizards, cats and the like, each with their own specific symptoms. Ayurveda adopts various cleaning methods for poisons in the body, and recommends antidotes too. Ayurveda has solutions for a wide range of natural toxins originating from wild animals, plants, insects, birds, vegetables, herbs and minerals for such conditions.
For Pollution The Agada Tantra branch of Ayurveda, also focuses on other forms of poisoning, such as through pollution, including water and air pollution, the basic causes of several epidemics. For Food Poisoning Food poisoning is a common condition, and Ayurveda uses its own methods to eliminate poisons from the body. Certain foods and drugs too, can manifest as chronic poisoning symptoms.
Besides, herbal medicines , animal poisons, and minerals and stones including rubies and diamonds are used after effective processing. However, all these medicines and treatment should be taken only from an authentic source. The treatment is ultimately given based on dosha concept of vata, pitta and kapha.
Agada Tantra – the toxicology branch of Ayurveda
For other uses, see Aggadah and Haggadah of Pesach. Agada is one of the eight branches into which ayurveda medicine is traditionally divided. Literally, gada means a disease and agada means any agent which makes the body free from disease; however the term agada is used specifically for the branch of medicine dealing with toxicology , the description of the different types of poisons , and their antidotes. He lived in Taksashila in what is now Pakistan. His text was called the Kashyapa Samhita. This, however, is a different book than the Kashyap Samhita of pediatrics. This text is not available now but the references of this text are found mentioned in different commentaries.
AGADA TANTRA AVUM VIDHI VIGYAN
Agada Tantra and Vyavaharayurveda Avom… Department of Agada Tantra and Vyavaharayurveda Avom Vidhivaidyak Imparts training in toxicology, jurisprudence and forensic medicine, which explores the causes of unnatural behaviour and death. Ayurveda has nurtured and sustained a sophisticated system of toxicology that combats the effects of natural poisons posing long term or immediate threat to the continuity of the life process. This branch was so well developed in ancient India that the physicians of those days won the admiration of Alexander the Great, whose soldiers were miraculously cured of snake bites by native poison healers. Experts in Ayurvedic toxicology and snake poison healing have survived into modern times. Systematic clinical research in this branch can help in understanding the scope and potential of the Ayurvedic approach of healing in management of emergency conditions. Another important aspect of Ayurvedic toxicology is the treatment of chronic poisoning.