Author(s): Acha Vidhya Dharini *, Chaitra H
Ayurveda, the ancient Indian bioscience depicts all the aspects of a healthy living. Entire concepts of Ayurveda were branched out into 8. Agada tantra is one among the 8 branches of Ayurveda which deals with treatment of diseases caused by plant and animal poisons substances, toxic food, poisonous metals & minerals. Specific antidotes were prescribed in Ayurvedic texts for nullifying poisonous effects. Poison is a substance taken in or formed in the body that destroys life or impairs health. Chelation therapy is of the modern method used for removing of toxins from the body. Chelating agents which are used in chelation therapy have its own limitations and side effects. Basavarajeeyam is an important Ayurvedic textbook for physicians of Ayurveda. This text clearly mentioned about the different types of poisonous substances and its antidote in Visha Chikitisa (treatment of poison). This paper highlights different types of poisons and its antidotes mentioned in Visha Chikitsa of Basavarajeeyam textbook.