Creating Waves of Awareness
In this July 14, 2010 photo, Mohammad Sherzad places scorpions on his hand at his homeopathic clinic in Charakar province, north of Kabul, Afghanistan. - AP Photo
This news is reproduced from DAWN of 13 August 2010.Though it may not be truly "Homeopathic"method of treatment but snake poison has been used to produce very highly effective homeopathic medicines.Farokh j Master's book on snake poisons is now an accepted fact.Hughes proving of Lachesis is a classic in homeopathy.Scorpion poison has also found place in Homeopathy.
The fact that some person is trying to "research"and experiment with venom's in a war torn,poverty stricken country is a tribute to sagacity of the people of that country.If there was a modern facility for these rag tag "doctors" and proper environment was provided,for their education they could create wonders.
CHARAKAR, Afghanistan: The hundreds of patients who flock to Mohammad Sherzad's homeopathic clinic in northern Afghanistan are
greeted with a glass case of snakes and a covered glass dish of
For decades, Sherzad has been extracting poison from snakes and scorpions, mixing it with natural herbs and using the concoctions to treat people ill with epilepsy and vitiligo, which causes white,
depigmented patches on the skin.
Medical facilities are so scarce in this impoverished nation that many Afghans can't find doctors – the country has 1 doctor for every 10,000 people, according to the United Nations. Dozens of homeopathic
doctors like Sherzad offer an alternative.
More then 1,800 patients are registered at Sherzad's home clinic in Charakar, the capital of Parwan province. Patients pay an initial fee of about $10 and leave with different capsules, powders and other forms of
homeopathic medicines that cost roughly $20 to $30 a month.
Sherzad proudly shows visitors an album of before and after photos of his patients. One shows a young girl with white spots all over her feet. Another, taken later, shows the girl, smiling, her skin color
returned to normal.
''I thank God today that this disease (vitiligo) can be cured in Afghanistan,'' said Sherzad, who never went to medical school, but has written more than 800 pages on the human body. ''We can say to the world
that we are now able to treat this disease.''
Dr. Qasim Sayedi, who directs the health department in Parwan province, is skeptical that Sherzad's treatments really work.
The Afghan government does not regulate homeopathic doctors, but does exert some informal oversight. The local health department has asked Sherzad, an Afghan returnee from Iran, to provide documents of his
''He had no documents except some video and photos from Iran, that showed him with snakes and scorpions,'' said Sayedi. Sayedi said he is giving Sherzad enough time to get proper documents, and that Sherzad has
promised to go through all the legal steps needed to get a legal
Sherzad said his patients' experiences are evidence of his success.
Nelofer, a 21-year-old woman, took a nearly two-hour flight from Herat in western Afghanistan to Kabul and then a 90-minute trip from the Afghan capital to Parwan province to visit Sherzad. She said she had
been suffering for nine years from vitiligo, which creates white patches
on the hands, face and around the eyes, mouth and nostrils.
''I am hated because of having white spots on my hands,'' said Nelofer, who said she saw 20 skin experts in Afghanistan and Pakistan before seeking help at Sherzad's clinic.
Nelofer said that over the years the white spots grew larger on her hands and new ones appeared on her feet. She hates appearing in public for fear of being ostracized by others.
''That is bothering me more than anything else – that no one wants to eat with me at the same table,'' Nelofer said, crying.In contrast, Nazira, a 34-year-old mother, shed tears of joy, saying that her 9-year-old daughter, who suffered from vitiligo for years, was getting better day by day after seeing
Sherzad for the past few months. She says her daughter, Kawsar, no longer feels isolated from other children and plays with her classmates at school.
''I first saw the doctor in a TV show,'' Nazira said. ''I was amazed with his work. Now my daughter is under his treatment.''She said she took her daughter to 10 skin specialists, but got only one answer: They could do nothing.
Extracting poison from a snake or scorpion is delicate, if not hazardous, work, but having done it for more than three decades Sherzad has developed a fondness for his creatures.
''I love them and that is the reason why I look after them,'' Sherzad said as a gray snake looped around his hand.
Sherzad laid a snake across his lap and squeezed venom from its mouth. He used a syringe to extract poison from the tips of his scorpions' tails, which curve over their backs. He then process the
poison, purifies it to remove harmful substances and then mixes it with
herbs found in the mountains.
One of his patients, 11-year-old Mohammad Shafiq, began suffering epilepsy-like seizures after falling from the roof of a house. The boy, dressed in a light blue Afghan traditional shulwar kumuz, saw many
doctors and took several medications. Still, his condition didn't
improve. He suffered five to six seizures a day. His mother,
Sharifa Ahamdi, said that after being under Sherzad's care for two weeks, ''life changed'' for her son. He could walk and talk better and do a better
job feeding himself.
''That was a good sign that his condition was improving,'' said
Shafiq's mother, who was in Sherzad's office to pick up the treatment
for the coming months. ''You made our life change by treating my son.'' –
Second volume of the "Survival-series" on the animal kingdom The class of reptiles in the animal kingdom is an array of creatures from the lizards to the extinct gigantic dinosaurs that includes the shelled turtles and tortoises, the huge and powerfully built crocodiles and alligators, and the limbless, slithering snakes. What do reptiles have in common?
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Dr. Rajan Sankaran brought into homeopathy a unique integration between the symptoms of a remedy and the characteristics of the source of the remedy from nature. His first book in the animal series Survival - the Mollusk clearly delineates the survival strategy of the mollusks and its representation in the symptomatology and cases of mollusk remedies.
This book on reptiles does the same for the reptile remedies. Coauthored with Dr. Meghna Shah, this book studies the survival strategy of reptiles in general and each reptile in particular. This book shows how this information, integrated with traditional information of these remedies and with clinical cases from several experienced homoeopaths, makes our remedy selection far more precise than ever before.