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Herbal Antivenin Extract

If you are an avid backpacker or outdoorsman, you are probably aware of the lack of options that are available in the event of a snakebite. Vacuum pump systems are available to supposedly draw venom from the puncture wounds but their effectiveness has been largely disputed (1). FDA approved antibody based antivenins are expensive and require refrigeration. Their effectiveness is also limited by accessibility in the event of an emergency. You must make it to a hospital in a timely manner. Many people who explore the outdoors are often not in this position.

For centuries Chinese and Indian doctors have developed remedies for snakebite. Snake charmers in India used one rare plant in particular, Eclipta prostrata, to treat cobra bites (2) Only recently however has the effectiveness of botanicals used in the treatment of envenomation been investigated. Many species of plant appear to have an array of secondary metabolites effective against snakebite. Our Herbal Anivenin Extract has a multitude of these compounds including sitosterol, stigmasterol, amyrin, apigenin, luteolin, wedelolactone, and wedelic acid (3) all derived from the 15000mg of Eclipta prostrata used to make each 4oz bottle. These compounds have been shown to neutralize the effects of both rattlesnake and cobra venom in small mamallian models (4). They have also shown 100 percent protection against lethality when administered orally (3).  Why small mammalian models? As you might imagine it is both impractical and dangerous to inject humans with snake venom.

Make sure you have a bottle on your next trip outdoors.  
Emergency instructions included.

Studies cited:

1.  Bush SP, Hegewald KG, Green SM, Cardwell MD, Hayes WK (2000). "Effects of a negative pressure venom extraction device (Extractor) on local tissue injury after artificial rattlesnake envenomation in a porcine model". Wilderness & environmental medicine 11 (3).

2. Houghton, Peter and Ibironke M. Osibogun (1992). "Flowing plants against snakebite". Journal of Ethnopharmacology, 39 1-29.

3. Mors, Walter, Maria Celia do Nasciemento, Jose Paz Parente, Maria Helena da Silva, Paulo Melo, and G. Suarez Kurtz. (1989). "Neutralization of lethal and myotoix activities of south american rattlesnake venom by extracts and constituents of the plant Eclipta prostrata". Toxicon. Vol 27 No. 9. 1003-1009.

4. Mors, Walter, Maria Celia do Nascimento, Bettina M. Ruppelt Pereira, and Nuno Alvares Pereira.  (2000) " Plant natural products active against snakebite-the molecular approach".  Phytochemistry. 55. 627-642.

*Results may vary. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking any medication or have a medical condition, please consult your healthcare practitioner before taking any dietary supplement.