DEPARTMENT OF AGADA TANTRA
Imparts training in toxicology, jurisprudence and forensic medicine, which explores the causes of unnatural behaviour and death. Ayurveda has nurtured and sustained a sophisticated system of toxicology that combats the effects of natural poisons posing long term or immediate threat to the continuity of the life process. This branch was so well developed in ancient India that the physicians of those days won the admiration of Alexander the Great, whose soldiers were miraculously cured of snake bites by native poison healers. Experts in Ayurvedic toxicology and snake poison healing have survived into modern times. Systematic clinical research in this branch can help in understanding the scope and potential of the Ayurvedic approach of healing in management of emergency conditions. Another important aspect of Ayurvedic toxicology is the treatment of chronic poisoning. Legal aspects of medicine, which are discussed in works like Arthashastra of Kautilya need to be intergrated with modern concepts and techniques of Forensic medicine. This department equips the student to become well versed in understanding natural and unnatural modes of death as well as medico-legal aspects of medical practice.