Dr. K.R.K. Prabhakara Murty
Dr. K.R.K. Prabhakara Murty is a well known physician who renders great service to Homoeopathic fraternity. He holds various positions in social welfare organizations. Now he is the National General Secretary if Indian Institute of Homoeopathic Physicians. He had presented many papers in scientific seminars and had been awarded for his excellence. Here he shares clinical experience with us on a case of Filariasis.
A 29-year-old lady was brought to me with an infected filarial foot, heading towards gangrenous state and suggested for amputation. The Patient had recurrent, periodical bouts of intermittent fever once in a month for many years and later she developed swelling in the right foot with blisters and open wounds. She was taking allopathic treatment irregularly. The wounds gradually became infected and very offensive serum and occasional pus oozing. started The offensiveness was so much that the odour did not leave my clinic even after she left. I had to change the coir mat in my clinic as the serous offensive discharge she left on it used to give the stench regularly. The patient was febrile and the temperature was 100°F.
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She further complained of severe pain in right foot extending to groin,
and difficulty in walking. At this stage the allopathic doctor who was
treating her suggested to go for amputation, as otherwise it may spread
up. financial crisis did not allow her to take his advice. She was thrown
out by her husband to her mother’s place only with a suggestion
to return with a healed leg. She was thoroughly disappointed and vexed
with life, and wanted to die ; but for her small kids she could not. Her
uncle a staunch believer of Homoeopathy gave her assurance and brought
her to me. I was having my own doubts and I told them I will treat only
for 6 weeks and if I am not satisfied she may have to go for amputation.
1. Periodicity of fever
First Prescription - 20-7-1998
Folloup 1: 27-7-1998
No significant change in any symptom.
Followup 2 : 4-8-1998
Except in fever there is no much improvement.
Followup 3: 12-8-1998
No change. The patient turning desperate and she wanted to die or get
amputated instead of suffering like this. I asked her to wait for some
more time as the mental picture was very strong. I asked to take Arsenicum
Album 1M in graduated doses as mixing three pellets of the dose in ½
glass of water and to take 1 spoon of water after thoroughly stirring
anti-clockwise for 15-20 times,
Followup 4: 17-8-1998
She gave me negative improvement. Then I took up the case once again and depended on the only good modality as she told the pain aggravated in first motion and better later. Rhus Tox 200 in graduated doses as above until improvement came.
Followup 5: 23-8-1998
She came with a beaming face with pain reduced to great extent and the blisters started healing. I asked to stop the doses and gave Placebo.
Followup 6: 30-8-1998
The blisters part completely over and the patient presenting a bright look.
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No medicine was given later and the healing was complete. The difference between the two photos was only 13 days as the actual improvement is in that period. Even now she comes to the clinic, she did not get any relapses, except filarial fever occurring very occasionally.
Inference: Ars.Alb was given considering the strong mentals in the beginning, Later thinking the mentals are only exacerbation from the physical suffering, I depended on simple modality. Graduated doses are followed in acute cases not to repeat the same medicine in same potency as per the directions in organon derived by the master. I have treated the acute part only but the original filarial fever is recurring occasionally. Every case tells you a lesson-we should not attribute each and every symptom to mentals.