A female patient who was being treated by the practitioner for chronic depression, requested treatment for her son for his infected toe on the 8th of June 2012. The lady was separated from her husband who was later seriously injured in a car accident and was in a coma for three months. Although separated he continued to create a lot of problems which resulted in the lady developing severe depression. The boy aged 16 had a chronic infection on his left toe for over 4 years, arising from an injury when he stubbed his toe. Sometimes it improved but the infection kept recurring. Over the past year it had worsened and affected the boy emotionally. He had difficulty putting on his shoes, could not go swimming or take part in any sports, or socialise with his peers. The toe was painful, reddish, swollen to three times the normal size, and full of pus. The mother complained that she had spent much time and money on different specialist doctors and herbalists, without any improvement, even after the nail was extracted, which was now growing back although not straight and detached from the skin. He was not taking any medication, and had no other health problems. As the practitioner was going away, she could not see the boy and gave the following remedy to the mother on the 8th of June 2012:
#1. CC21.9 Nails + CC21.11 Wounds & Abrasions...6TD, and also, in organic olive oil to be applied to the toe in the morning and in vibhuti in the evening
After 15 days the only improvement in the toe was reduction in the redness. The pus was probably slightly worse. The patient had stopped all topical applications due to fear of it getting worse, and only took the pills.
When seen on 4 July 2012, the boy unburdened all his emotional problems and guilt feelings caused by his father’s critical condition, his mother’s depression, and the stress, trouble and expense caused to her due to his problem. The treatment was changed to:
#2. NM2 Blood + NM16 Drawing + NM26 Penmycin + NM36 War + NM63 Back-up + SR264 Silicea + SR292 Graphites 200C + SR316 Streptococcus...6TD
On 12 July 2012 the mother reported that there was much less redness and swelling but there was still a lot of pus. On the same day, the boy was started on the following remedy for emotional problems:
#3. NM83 Grief + BR4 Fear + SM2 Divine Protection + SM9 Lack of Confidence...TDS
Five days later they reported that infection had improved by 50%. Ten days later the improvement was 80%. The boy was amazed and very happy. The toe looked almost normal. From the third week the boy had reduced #2 to TDS without consulting the practitioner. However, the improvement continued, but it was slower. After one and a half months the toe had healed by 90%-100% on the right side of the toe but the left side was not yet completely healed, the patient however stated he could see improvement every day. The mother told the practitioner the boy no longer took the remedies regularly.
On 27 July the combos were updated as follows:
#4. SR267 Alumina 200C + #2…TDS
# 5. CC12.1 Adult tonic + #3...TDS
On 23 September the patient reported 100% healing. The toe was now completely normal and the patient had stopped taking the remedies sometime ago.
The patient's comments:
Everything started one day when I banged my toe very hard against something. It caused a bruise which during the following days showed no sign of improving. It was also quite painful. I then discovered that the toenail was ingrown. I subsequently began a variety of different therapies, such as mud packs, ricotta cheese, antibiotics etc. I tried so many that I cannot even remember all the methods I tried. After one year I went to hospital where they surgically pulled out the toenail. Even without the toenail the swelling did not go down. It was still very painful. After about 5 months the nail had grown back, but the infection did not to heal. I could not take part in any physical activity at school. I had to buy shoes that were two sizes bigger than my normal size. One day my mother met the practitionerand she told her about vibrionics. We were convinced to try something else again. Within three days the toe was no longer inflamed and the pain had gone. By 20 days the swelling had also gone down and after a month I was completely healed. These humble granules had beaten modern surgery.
The practitioner's comments: This case was resolved completely. It was difficult because the boy was young and disappointed by the previous attempts to cure the problem. These therapies had been expensive and had not improved the condition. In some cases it had even worsened the situation. He also felt guilty that his mother who was suffering from deep depression, had to spend lot of time and money for this. In my opinion it demonstrated the importance of also working with emotional factors of the situation.