Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Analivegam - Medicine for Snake Bite

So this is yet another tree with very high medicinal values – Devil tree, or Analivegam, as we call it. Didn’t know why it is called Devil Tree. This is actually my third post about a tree. The previous ones were about Jack Tree and Ashoka Tree

Analivegam (Astonia venenata)


Analivegam (Astonia venenata)

In Malayalam, ‘anali’ is the name of the venomous snake viper. The main use of this plant is in the treatment for venomous snake bites from viper, cobra etc. Analivegam is not so common here. I think it is rarely grown here. It also has various other uses, such as in curing skin diseases

The tree we grow here was planted about 6 years ago. Still it is very small, only about 7 feet tall. We got the stem of this plant from a relative’s house at Chithirapuram, near Munnar in the high ranges of Kerala (Western Ghats). Until then, we didn’t know about such a tree. They told us about this and its uses. We brought it here and planted by stem cutting. It can also be grown from its seeds. 

Analivegam (Astonia venenata)

Analivegam (Astonia venenata)

Analivegam (Astonia venenata)

Its botanical name is Alstonia venenata. The flowers are white in color and have five petals like Crape Jasmine, and both belong to the family of Apocynaceae. Flowers are present during the months of February-March-April. Leaves are elongated with tips pointed. 

Hope this was useful.

See you.

17 comments:

  1. i like the blooms spread wide open. :)

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  2. ze zijn zo al prachtig en als ze dan ook nog een grote geneeskrachtige waarde hebben dan is het dubbel mooi.

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  3. I think one should not take any chances with snakebites.... Better to rush to a nearby hospital as soon as possible.... I am not underestimating the ability of the plant, but this is what I feel....

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    1. You are right.. but I didn't mean we should treat ourselves. There are ayurvedic experts (earlier such people were in common in villages, but now unfortunately, their number is decreasing) who are well - versed in using these medicines. They are able to take out the venom from the body within minutes - even faster than the time taken to rush to a hospital and for the doctor to cure it.

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    2. More than that, it can be considered as a first-aid, until the patient reaches a hospital.

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    3. dear Sir....it is true that this plant is actually effective in ANY kind of venom. i have it and i try it.

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  4. That was news to me. Nice to learn about Analivegam. (interesting name too, eh!)

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  5. Yes there are many such divine trees, grass and roots. Unfortunately we don't know about them. Recently I came to know about a herb which is useful to cure diabetics. But the person don't know the name of the herb. It is shown by Surya TV. We should try to proliferate this kind of information among the people. The article and the author deserves our appreciation.

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    1. Thank you for sharing it.
      Yes, this kind of information should be spread. Such natural things should be promoted, because these are not getting the importance it deserves.

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  6. Lovely flowers and such a useful plant!

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  7. loved it!loved it!

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  8. beautiful flowers :-)

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  9. We used to always have snakes both venomous and non venomous cross our grounds daily. It caused fear as the paths they took were really close to our house and doors and they came in easily.
    Once we planted this particular tree near to our house entrance doors, the snakes travel farther from the tree. We are safer form the snakes now as there is some effect from the presence of these trees near our house

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  10. dear friend, the plant you have shown is actually Theepala not Analivegham

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  11. Sir, can you show me the picture of its seeds. I am In Kerala and also a seller of Seeds and Plants. If you can help me, I think I can collect those seeds and sell.If you can please reply to jibinsabu25@gmail.com
    Thanks for good Information

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  12. Sir, can you show me the picture of its seeds. I am In Kerala and also a seller of Seeds and Plants. If you can help me, I think I can collect those seeds and sell.If you can please reply to jibinsabu25@gmail.com
    Thanks for good Information

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  13. picture is theepala not analivegam

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