Frankly speaking, I had no prior plan to write about treating patients suffering from chronic renal failure, until one day, one of my colleagues entered in the department where I was sitting, and asked me to reveal my experiences of the same. Perhaps he was treating a patient suffering from chronic renal failure. I have for a long time seriously thought about the fate of innumerable persons suffering from this ailment. People such as Lok Nayak Jay Prakash Narayan, former P.M. V.P. Flamboyant politician Mr. Amar Singh and thespian Shammi Kapoor suffered from chronic renal failure and were put on dialysis for a long time. Most of them have since died. I am keeping newspaper clippings : The Tribune, Chandigarh, dated 1st Sept 2005, depicting a photograph of a group of patients from Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttarakhand and Haryana, whose both kidneys failed as a result of taking allopathic medicines for ailments from indigestion to diabetes mellitus type-2 (NIDDM). They all were on dialysis and waiting for renal transplant in the near future, but presently sitting on a bench at PGIMER’s Hari Rai Sarai, Chandigarh with sullen faces.
I am now feeling compelled to give brief accounts of several patients who suffered from kidney failure and were treated with homoeopathic medicines.
Mr. X, a young married person around 30 years old. He was diagnosed as suffering from chronic renal failure by AIIMS New Delhi. He was advised to get a kidney transplant, but was not put on dialysis yet. His mother was ready to donate her kidney. Perhaps he would have got his kidney transplant from doctors at AIIMS, but his B.P. would not come down to normal, despite all their efforts. Therefore, the said process got delayed.
The patient was brought to me for homoeopathic treatment by his father-in-law in June 1988. He happened to be a resident of Chandigarh. While taking the case I found a history of suppression of some skin problem in childhood. In the family history I found: The father also had high blood pressure and the same history of a suppressed skin ailment. The patient was of normal health and nothing found abnormal in him except high B.P. On the basis of suppressed skin ailment, he was given the antipsoric medicine, Sulphur 10M, but without effect.
One day I talked about this patient to a colleague of mine, Dr. Alok Agnihotri, who suggested giving Mezerium. This was verified from another senior doctor, Dr. J.B.D.Castro. The literature praises Mezerium, when vital organs like the kidneys fail to perform normally owing to the suppression of a skin ailment in childhood or afterwards. Mezerium 30 BD was given to the patient for some days and the result was marvelous. The B.P. reached a normal level. The patient thereafter consulted me once or twice more and then stopped even contacting me by phone. Later on in 1992, I was visiting various schools of Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula in order to distribute booklets written on AIDS (A booklet on AIDS written and published by me). By chance I came in contact with the sister in law of the patient, who told me that the patient had not yet undergone kidney transplant.
Mr. Y, A young man of 22 years, who was doing B.A. He once went to a brothel and contracted STD: syphilis or gonorrhoea? Sometime after his sexual contact, the patient developed thorny condylomata all over the prepuce and glans penis. He consulted an allopath, who must have given him Penicillin injections along with other drugs and advised him to get an HIV test. He was found HIV positive by ELISA method, but Western blot never came positive at PGIMER Chandigarh.
The patient consulted me in February 1998. On the basis of his pathology, the patient was treated with antisyphilitic as well as antisycotic medicines one after another, since it was not clear whether the condylomata were syphilitic or gonorrheal in origin. Nitric acid and Thuja in high potencies were the medicines given to the patient. The result was disappearance of the condylomatous growth from the said part. He was declared HIV negative by a private pathology lab.
The patient being the only son of his parents, they now wanted him to marry. The girl was found in the area, where he was already known to be a case of HIV positive. Because of his being HIV negative status, the parents of the girl asked for an HIV negative report from a government hospital. The patient was found still an HIV positive case in the hospital report. After sometime, there reappeared thorny condylomatous growth on the penis of the patient. He was once again given antisycotic and antisyphilitic medicines in highest potencies. The result was disappearance of the thorny growth from the genitalia. But the patient was still found HIV positive despite having given the antipsoric drug Sulphur in CM. This thing really puzzled me.
On further inspection of the patient, it was found that a few tiny warty growths (verrucae) were present on the lower side of the abdomen. These in fact were overlooked by me in my earlier inspection. The growths were very small, flat and cauliflower like in appearance. Psorinum CM was given to the patient, resulting in reduction in the number of warty growths. However he was found HIV negative for one of the two HIVs.
Meanwhile the patient became a drug addict and started behaving a bit abnormal at times. He once visited with black goggles on his eyes, since his eyes were too red. I neither asked him, nor did he tell me about the cause of the redness of the eyes. In his next visit, the patient was accompanied by his cousin, who told me about his being a drug addict. She assured me that he would certainly withdraw from taking narcotic drugs. The patient had really withdrawn from taking drugs but meanwhile became a psychiatric patient. Someone from his family contacted me by phone and took my advice in this regard. I advised him to consult a psychiatrist. The psychiatrist at Jaipur treated him, but then he developed kidney failure.
The patient visited me with his father for the treatment. On the basis of anamnesis, i.e. medicamentum abuse and presenting symptoms of albumin in the urine, the medicine came out to be Pulsatilla. It was given in all the potencies starting from 30 up to the highest in a period of 2-3 months. The result was no further kidney failure, as the albumin had stopped appearing in the urine. Now for his still being an HIV positive case, he was given Psorinum CM in this visit (2009) , but the patient did not report thereafter to let me know about his HIV status.
Miss Z, around 20 years. Once I was told by a patient of mine about a girl whose kidneys failed after donating blood in a camp held in her college at Chandigarh. It was astonishing news for me. I became curious to know about this. I asked the patient to bring her father, who happened to be an employee in the same office where the patient was working.
One day the father of the girl visited my clinic. I told him my intention to know the reality of the situation and advised him to come to my place so that I could go to his residence. That Sunday I met the patient and asked for the details (anamnesis). The father told me that when the girl was young, she suffered from measles. Since her temperature was high for some days, he started giving her curd in order to bring down the temperature. This resulted in the suppression of the eruptions, which were to appear as Koplik’s spots in the throat and the rash over the face and whole upper parts of the body.
Here I would like to add, that in such cases of measles generally warm food or drinks like munnaca water are given to the children so that the fever does not abate until the eruptions come out. I normally prescribe Arsenicum album 30 in frequent doses to such patients. The girl had been given the cold food (curd) regularly until the temperature became normal. It was therefore imperative to give Arsenicum album as the remedy. She was put on 30th potency for some days. Here I would like to say that the family had already decided to go for the kidney transplant. The mother was willing to donate her kidney and was undergoing pre-operative tests. The girl too was undergoing various tests and had already been put on weekly dialysis. Despite all this, I was helping the patient by prescribing the homoeopathic medicine, keeping in view the future complications, and that too without any monetary benefit. The family however did not continue the treatment and even stopped contacting me.
Once, the brother of the patient met me while I was coming to my clinic. I enquired about the condition of his sister. He told me that her B.P. had come to a normal level from homoeopathic medicine. This was an indication that the medicine was working in the right direction. I asked him if it was necessary to go for the kidney transplant. But the family was ignorant about the future complications. The father was working in a PSU (Markfed) Punjab, therefore the expenses incurred, would be borne by the office. The result was the transplant of the kidney, which after some years got rejected with many complications. Then again there was another transplant done. This time the father was the donor. The girl was given a job by the office on compassionate grounds and she was yet not married, owing to her being a kidney transplant case. I hope and pray for the success of her second transplant.
Baby Bhawna, 2 ½ years old, a diagnosed case of Nephrotic syndrome. Father of the child approached me in the OPD of the college hospital in the first week of June in 2011 for treatment. While taking the history, the father said that, when the child was 22 days old, she suffered from some kind of routine children’s problem. The child was taken to an allopath for treatment. Thereafter, she started getting generalized swelling. Routine examination of the urine of the patient showed it contained albumin up to +4, which on subsequent treatment went down to traces. The child was getting recurrent episodes of dropsical swelling, along with the fever every month, especially during the waning moon, despite regular allopathic treatment.
On the basis of presenting symptoms and the history of drug abuse, Sulphur came out to be the medicine and was given in 30 potency, a single dose followed by placebo for a week. After a week the child was brought to the OPD for follow up. She seemed quite normal except for a watery thin nasal discharge. This was construed as a normal running of the nose and expected to clear of its own with the passage of time… but it wouldn’t be so. The child remained hospitalized for few days and was then discharged. I also proceeded on summer vacation.
As said earlier, the child started getting episodes of generalized swelling in the waning phase of the coming month. She was brought to the OPD where doctors on duty prescribed Arsenicum album and Nux vomica in 200 potency, one after another for nearly three weeks, but without any relief. She was brought to me by the father and I prescribed Sulphur 30 one dose, which had no effect. I repertorized the case and found Apis mellifica as the indicated medicine for the patient. She was given Apis 30, first at two hour intervals and thereafter every 3-4 hours. I am sorry to say that there appeared no appreciable relief, and rather the swelling increased. The patient was an IPD case, but owing to inadvertent dereliction of duty, the father of the child sought discharge and took her to the allopath for treatment.
I now think, the patient had required Sulphur 200, which might have given her relief, as Sulphur 30 proved an improper dose in view of her anamnesis.