Last Modified on Jun 22, 2014
Natural First Aid for Snake Venom
Most North American snakes aren't poisonous, and the majority of snake bites that occur are non-venomous. Venomous North American snakes can be fairly easy to recognize: aside from the red-yellow-black coral snake, North American venomous snakes are pit-vipers and can be identified by their triangular head and depression (dent or pit) between the eye and nostril on either side of the head.
If bitten by a snake it is best to remain calm, remove any jewelry in case of swelling, keep the bite at or below your heart, cleanse the wound but do not flush it out with water (which will spread the venom faster), immobilize the affected area (arm or leg) to keep venom from spreading, and do not attempt to capture the snake that bit you, but remember its details. Seek immediate medical attention if the area swells, changes color, or is painful.
Home Remedies for Snake Bites
This page is for natural and home remedies for the treatment of snake bites. We are actively interested in acquiring folk treatments for snake bites, but currently our readers have suggested curry leaf and turmeric as therapeutic agents useful with bleeding and toxins. Know of a treatment for snake bites? Don't hesitate to share your story with us.
[YEA] 12/04/2007: T. Srikantharajah from London , UK: "Curry leaf (Murraya Koenigi Spreng) protects the liver and the liver cells and is even used as medicinal cure of certain liver diseases, the control of high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and high cholesterol especially. It is an excellent culinary herb for fat reduction. Curry leaf not only makes a dish palatable but also adds flavour and nourishment too. Almost every part of the plant,its leaves, the root, bark, petals and fruits are all made use of either in cooking or medicinal purposes. Spicy curry leaves porridge is useful in the control of health problems. Even if stung by a snake, curry leaves porridge is commonly given to remove poison. It was considered a multi-purpose, all time herb."
[YEA] 11/08/2007: Steph Williams from Danville, VA: "I've had great success with turmeric to stop wounds from bleeding. If you catch a slice by the kitchen knife quick enough, the blood will coagulate behind a layer of turmeric. I also add turmeric to a warm water soak with sea salt or epsom salt to draw out infection/inflammation from wounds for my family. I treated our dog's copper head bite with a turmeric poultice. Her leg was swollen and the skin around the 2 puncture wounds was necrotic and oozing and after many soaks and poultices, it healed leaving no scar."