Snake Bite Home Cures

Nov 26, 2016

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.

Curry Leaf  

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Posted by T. Srikantharajah (London , UK) on 12/04/2007
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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.

Low Current DC Shock  

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Posted by Tim Mitchell (Taree Nsw) on 11/22/2016
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When in Tennessee our cat was bitten by a 3 foot copperhead snake and her eyelid turned inside out very quickly with the entire side of her head swelling up. I found her very quickly and wrapped her up in a towel (I worked at a vet clinic) and I gave her several pulses from a magneto based DC electroshock unit which we had on hand at the farm. We had used this unit with success for scorpion stings, bee stings and spider bites, and I gave her a good shock on either side of the swollen area. I have never seen a cat move so fast.... she wasn't about to let me give her another dose, so I took her to the farm area vet clinic and gave her some inject-able Sodium Ascorbate (buffered vitamin C) under the skin. The pain left, the swelling went down and within four hours she was looking normal and back outside catching mice. Our experience is that High Voltage (12KV) Low Current Pulsed DC electroshock is safe and has worked well for many things. The treatment is normally applied for about 6 doses as a one shock per dose treatment. If you are shocking yourself it is impossible to give yourself too much of a shock as your hand will jerk away with each dose. Avoid using high powered stun guns as they can cause a localised burn to the skin.

This method of treatment has been used extensively at the hospital Vozandes in Quito, Equador with resounding success for decades. It has been used by Dr Stan Abrams (published in JAMA) with great success on snake bite and spider bite. That is to name a few.

An Italian research team have proved the action of this treatment by showing that the proteins in the venom are broken apart and rendered permanently inactive by the action of the low current DC shock. This has been shown in vivo and in vitro tests. See "Inactivation of Crotalus atrox Venom Hemorrhagic Activity by Direct Current Exposure Using Hens' Egg Assay" and "Inactivation of Phospholipase A2 and Metalloproteinase from Crotalus atrox Venom by Direct Current".

There have been US based studies which have appeared to show this method ineffective, however these studies when read in fine detail and with knowledge of the process, are shown to have been conducted in an improper way which yielded misleading results for the researchers. The Italian studies have now shown what the several doctors which use this technique have claimed all along, it does work. If done correctly it is also safe, in other words, don't hold the shock source on for an extended period of time or do something stupid like hard wiring yourself to the very high powered ignition system of your car..... like one guy did.

This treatment method seems to work for both haemotoxic and neurotoxic snake venoms according to case studies. Most venoms contain very similar types of proteins and it is these proteins which the pulsed DC electric shock attacks, breaking a zinc ionic bond in the protein chain. As a result it has been shown to be effective against many types of bites and stings.

Replied by Tim Mitchell
Taree Nsw

It is important to mention that originally when stun guns were used for this treatment, the voltage on them was quite low and relatively safe. Today most stun guns are in the millions of volts and should not be even considered for this use. No stun gun over 75'000 v should be used. Cattle prods are around the 8000v mark and are a much safer option, livestock electric fences are in the same range also. The spark lead off a mower, chainsaw or weed eater also produces an acceptable level of electricity with a low electrical current. Some individuals have used a TENS unit and claimed success as well as electrostim units.

The method used to apply the shock is best described as being given with a spark wire and a ground wire (or the metal chassis of the mower etc). The two contacts are placed across the bite site or inflamed area and the starter cord is pulled or voltage applied. The body will naturally pull away from the shock and this is considered one dose. Six to eight doses are usually required before the swelling ceases to progress and the pain eases. Shocks are usually administered in an X pattern across the bite site and then through the limb so maximum penetration is achieved. It is important to proceed to a hospital for monitoring as soon as possible after the shock has been administered, if you are able.

The method of monitoring at the Hospital Vozandes program in Quito Equador, was to shock as soon as possible, draw blood and watch for clotting (haemotoxic venom prevents blood clotting). If the blood didn't clot, further shocks were administered and more blood drawn. This was repeated until the blood clotted meaning that the venom in the blood stream had been fully deactivated.

This treatment method has been documented to work against haemotoxic snake venom, but also has worked against neurotoxic venom with success.


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Posted by Steph Williams (Danville, VA) on 11/08/2007
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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.

Replied by P Vandervoort

Could you explain how to make the turmeric poultice for a venomous snake bite? My boxer was bitten a few hours ago. We cannot find the snake, but it is very swollen, painful; vet says venomous snake bite. She treated with antibiotics/steroids/dexamethasone, but I am a natural rearing breeder looking for ways to support her now.

Replied by Robert Henry
Ten Mile, Tn.

HI U HOUSTON, , , , , , , , , folks in Israel use Oregano for snake bites.

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Replied by Om
Hope, Bc Canada

Turmeric for bites --- in my experience I treated a cat that had been bitten on both sides of the spine apparently to be carried by a predator. She made off, luckily.

Most rescue people were saying that with conventional methods by vets, eventually there would be sepsis and death.

I have some knowledge of Eastern Medicine and poured Turmeric powder from the kitchen cupboard into both deep wounds.

Next morning she came out from under the bed in a good mood and everything went well. The wounds suppurated quickly and she was without pain. The meds the vet had given to me, were returned.

The turmeric root can also be used and it can be refrigerated for a few months. But when you extract the juice, your juicer will turn orange permanently.

Wounds can also be cleaned with fresh urine which is common practice in India. I am not familiar with poison bites but an Ayurvedic vet online could advise you for future references.

Namaste, Om

Replied by Mama To Many


Not to deter you from using turmeric, which I think is an amazing herb, but to add this just for others who may not have turmeric on hand...

Activated charcoal has been used to treat poisonous snake bites.

Charcoal can also be given internally to support removing poisons, whatever external treatment is chosen. It is tasteless and usually easy to get animals to take when mixed in whatever they normally eat.

I keep a quart jar of water with 4 Tablespoons of Charcoal in it in my cabinet for emergencies like this. (If someone got bitten by a poisonous snake, I would have them begin drinking charcoal water and immediately apply a charcoal poultice. We live a long way from a hospital and the sooner treatment begins, the better. If an emergency room visit is needed, at least the initiation of treatment has not had to wait for an hour or more.)

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hey P Vandervoort!

Another fellow breeder here. Sorry to hear about your boxer getting a snake bite :(

It sounds like your vet hit all the right beats re: western treatment. Given the time that has already passed, I would consider a homeopathic approach.

Consider these remedies [not my words, here is the source: ] :


Hypericum 30C & Ledum 30C - these two homeopathics are the first homeopathic remedies I recommend after any kind of puncture wound, including snake bites. Start with one and alternate every 10 minutes.

Cedron 6X - For rattlesnake bites-can be in alternation with the Hypericum and Ledum. For severe rattlesnake bites, I would give Cedron in between the Hypericum & Ledum.


Echinacea - this is the herb you might take to boost your immune system when you feel a cold coming on. Apparently, there is a substance in this herb that denatures the rattlesnake venom. I recommend taking Echinacea every 20-30 minutes until you see the swelling and inflammation subsiding.


In addition I would google "homeopathy snake bite remedy" and then read up on all the hits - you will find some remedies commonly repeated, ie those named above, however you will also gain additional ideas for natural treatment by reading as many stories as possible. Part of a successful treatment is YOU: you need to sense and feel if you are on the right track, so follow your gut instincts as you treat. If you just feel one remedy is more appropriate for your particular dog in this particular situation, go with your gut. Using homeopathy **done right** is time consuming, requiring frequent treatments and alternating remedies. Ideally you do NOT touch the pills with your bare hands, rather you tip them into an envelope and crush them and then tip the powder into your dog's mouth.

I am not trained in homeopathy however I have used the 'cook book' approach by looking up illnesses and remedies in the Materia Medica and despite my huge lack of knowledge in this area I have been successful in treating acute conditions with the like cures like approach.

Good luck with your boxer and please report back!

Replied by Dawn

My dogs came home with lot of juicey swellen. Not sure what snake other dog just almost a little druppy skin. Guess first dog got it worse . Do I put a little slice in bag or what.

Urine Therapy  

Posted by Obed (Kittson, Minnesota) on 10/18/2014

The urine therapy folks say the antidote is immediately in the urine.