DOI: 10.21276/ajptr
Tue, 19 Feb 2019

Othalanga Poison: A Potent Killer Unknown To Modern Medical Science

Kalanghot Skandhan1*, Akavoor Santosh Vaishnav2, Balakrishnan Sumangala3

1.Physiologist, 902 VC Valley Apartment, Opp. CSEZ, Kakkanad, Cochin 682 037, INDIA

2.Undergraduate student, VPSV Ayurveda College, Kottakkal, INDIA

3.Department of Pathology, Sree Narayana Institute of Medical Sciences, Chalaka 683 594, INDIA


“Othalanga” is a poisonous fruit of a herb (Cerbera odollum) grown widely in marsh and swamp area. In Alappuzha district of our country several die every year by consuming this, either accidently or with the purpose of suicide or homicide. Modern medicine has no antidote or any treatment for this, due to unawareness of this poison. An elaborate study on the details of “Cerbera odollum” and effective treatment for this poisoning is essential and solicited.

Keywords: “Othalanga”(Cerbera odollum); Toxic nature; fruit of “othalanga” (Cerbera odollum)

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