Information on animal venoms and plant and mineral-based poisons along with remedial procedures is available plentifully in ancient Indian texts, such as the Atharva Véda. As early as the 4th Century BC, poison therapists known as the Agandankarãs existed in India. Arthasãstra (2nd century AD?) includes references to protecting the King from being poisoned. Sušruŧa Samhitã and Çaraka Samhitã include hints on poisoning army animals.
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