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Herbal antidote to krait venom discovered

16 September 2012

NEW DELHI: In a discovery that may save thousands of lives in rural India in future, scientists have found a cocktail of three herbal compounds, which can effectively neutralise the poison of Indian banded krait, when the concoction is applied together with commercial anti-snake venom serum.

The synthetic herbal compounds were found to be superior to the commercial anti-serum in cancelling the effect of venom of krait — one of the common poisonous snakes of India.

Scientists at the Indian Institute of Chemical Biology (IICB), Kolkata, and University of Calcutta, who identified, characterised and established the usefulness of these plant-based compounds, have suggested a combination therapy for snakebite victims…..

Read more: http://www.deccanherald.com/content/279221/herbal-antidote-krait-venom-discovered.html

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Written by csirindia

September 19, 2012 at 10:09 am

Posted in IICB

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