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Precautions and toxic propertieskaravira - Nerium indicum Mill.

karavira :

Karavira - Plant with Flower


Its LIKELY UNSAFE for anyone to take oleander by mouth. But oleander is especially dangerous for people with the following conditions:

Children: Oleander is LIKELY UNSAFE when taken by mouth in children. Taking the oleander leaf, oleander leaf tea, or oleander seeds has led to deadly poisonings.

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Taking oleander by mouth is LIKELY UNSAFE as it might cause an abortion or cause birth defects. There isnt enough information to know whether or not it is safe for pregnant or breast-feeding women to apply oleander to the skin. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Too little potassium or too much calcium (electrolyte imbalance): Oleander affects the heart. An electrolyte imbalance also affects the heart. Its especially dangerous to use oleander if you have an electrolyte imbalance.

Heart disease: Dont use oleander to treat heart disease without the supervision of a healthcare professional. Its too dangerous to self-medicate.

Toxicity studies:

Oleander is LIKELY UNSAFE for anyone to take by mouth. It can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, weakness, headache, stomach pain, serious heart problems, and many other side effects. Taking oleander leaf, oleander leaf tea, or oleander seeds has led to deadly poisonings.

Oleander is POSSIBLY UNSAFE when applied to the skin. It can be absorbed into the body in some people. Touching oleander sap can cause a rash.

Karavira is one of the 8 moola visha’s mentioned in susruta kalpa sthana [S.k.2/4]. In Bhavaprakasa, Karavira is placed under Upavisha varga.
         Fatal Dose                          : 8-10 seeds.
         Fatal Period                        : 24 hours.
         Signs and Symptoms          : [ref :-Anupana manjali]
                                                      1. Burning sensation in koshta (GIT).
                                                      2. Painful vamana and virechana.
                                                      3. Akshepaka vata.
         Management                       :
       1. The above complications can be managed by the internal administration of curd mixed with sugar repeatedly.                            [Anupana manjali].
      The above drugs are to be given with arka moola tvak churna.
2. Internal administration of Haritaki kashaya

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