On May 15th 2015 my father in law, a strong and courageous 83- year old man, called me by phone while I was attending a homeopathic congress with Dr. Dario Spinedi from Switzerland. He told me that he had just been just bitten by his dog.
In the Emergency Room he simply received an antitetanic vaccination, and for some hidden reason the allopathic doctors forgot (!) to prescribe antibiotics. Just two weeks before his dog ate a processional moth (Thaumetopoea pityocampa), a very venomous insect, and suffered with a severe septic state with gangrene of the anterior part of the tongue.
My first phone prescription was Ledum palustre 200. Three day later I was able to examine my patient. The back of his left hand was very swollen and the least pressure caused severe pain. The wound had an offensive and putrid odor and was partially covered by a necrotic and shining scab with yellow-blackish edges. The patient was chilly (Pictures 1 and 2).
What a good opportunity to prove Homeopathy without the aid of allopathic medicaments! The repertorization clearly indicated the similarity to Arsenicum album (Picture 3).
My prescription was Arsenicum album 200 CH three globules once + doses of Echinacea mother tincture in water for one week and Calendula mother tincture in water for 3 weeks.
The day after, the ulcer was a bit less swollen and the pain on pressure slightly decreased. The eschar had fallen, revealing a raw surface partially covered with a yellowish exudate (Picture 5).
Gradually the healing process proceeded. It was unnecessary to provide anything other than the homeopathic prescription, beside local medications with Calendula mother tincture. The single Arsenicum album c200 dose administered at the beginning of the cure was sufficient.
After 70 days a round cicatrice could be observed around the previously ulcerated area (Picture 5). After three months the wound was completely healed. A round cicatrice can be observed in the area of previous lesion (Picture 5).
One year later no scar tissue can be detected at all! (Picture 6). Dr. M. C., a colleague and friend of mine, an experienced plastic surgeon, told me that it was a very striking cure, as normally, that large and necrotic lesion would have required a skin transplantation, which should have been surely followed by scar tissue formation.
A single dose of a high dilution of Arsenicum plus simple and mild topical medications completely cured this severe pathology leading to complete restitutio ad integrum.