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Vatsnabha– A Wonderful Poisonous Drug

Brijendra Singh Tomar and Archana Singh Vishen

Journal Title:International Journal of Ayurveda and Pharmaceutical Chemistry

Vatsnabha (Aconitum ferox) is categorized under the sthavara visha1 (plant origin). Aconite is a Greek word which means arrow poison. It was used as an arrow poison in Chinese history. Aconite based Ayurvedic medicines are commonly used by Ayurvedic physicians and traditional practitioners in primary healthcare. Even a strong poison can become an excellent medicine if administered properly; on the other hand even the most useful medicine act as a poison if not handled correctly. Vatsnabha is highly toxic in nature even then it is used as a medicine after purification and in therapeutic dose. In therapeutic doses it has capacity to treat many diseases therefore; it is used as an ingredient of various Ayurvedic formulations. Ayurveda proposes a traditional technique of shodhana (purification) to reduce the harmful effects associated with vatsnabha. The review gives us opportunity to understand the toxic effects, medicinal importance, methods of purification, therapeutic dose and antidotes of vatsnabha