Indian homoeopath offers SARS preventive

A renowned homoeopath is claiming success in preventing the mystery pneumonia SARS. He is not only suggesting a preventive for SARS but also a possible remedy for the disease.

india Updated: May 01, 2003 19:40 IST

A renowned Indian homoeopath is claiming success in preventing the mystery pneumonia SARS. Bholanath Chakraborty is not only suggesting a preventive for SARS but also a possible remedy for the disease that has killed over 350 people worldwide and affected about 5,400.

The veteran homoeopath based here says taking four globules of influenzinum-200 twice a day for a week can help develop immunity against SARS.

"For a child, the dose should be four globules per day for one week," says Chakraborty. He says a few Indians in Singapore who have been following his prescription have not contracted SARS.

There is no need to panic as the mortality rate for SARS is only 3.5 per cent, adds the homoeopath. He says once a person has influenzinum-200 for a week, he or she will develop a slight fever, which is a sign that the immunity system is working against SARS.

If the person doesn't get a fever at the end of the week, then the medicine has to be taken for seven more days. Once the person feels feverish, the medicine should be stopped.

Chakraborty even prescribes a "cure" for SARS. He says bryonia-alb can be had if a patient has fever and repeatedly feels thirsty. The medicine arsenic can be had if one has fever without thirst and pyrogen-200 can be taken if the patient has high fever.

Chakraborty and his team of doctors decided to prescribe influenzinum-200 after studying the symptoms of SARS and the corona virus that causes it.

First Published: May 01, 2003 19:40 IST