Nghe An : Herbalist Bùi Đức Lục with talent of poisonous snake bite treatment

Posted at: WEDnesday - 12/09/2012 15:04 - post name: Phan Trọng Quỳnh

Nghe An : Herbalist Bùi Đức Lục with talent of poisonous snake bite treatment

In Lạt town (Tan Ky, Nghe An), Herbalist Bùi Đức Lục is considered as a "detox expert" to poisonous snakes. Many cases seemed to be incurable, but he made their life back as a miracle.

Mr. Lục wants everyone to know how to deal with poisonous snake bite by common, simple medicinal herbs which are easily grown and found...

Opening each page, Herbalist Bùi Đức Lục counted 149 cases of poisonous snake bites that he successfully cured. That figure was calculated from July 2004 to July 2012. Mr. Lục said, “Born in 1961, by the age of 12 years old, he helped his father pick herbs to cure snake bites. What he remembered is that 100% cases of snake bites are successfully cured by him. Many cases seemed to be incurable, but he made their life back as a miracle.

7 years ago, Mr. Hùng, a police working in Prison No. 3, was bitten by a krait snake, and rushed to the Tan Ky General hospital. When the patient lost his power of speech and doctor deemed helpless, his family called up on Mr. Lục for help in the last resort. Never give up, he persevered in using massage medication, dissolving herbs and give him each spoon. After 10 hours of treatment, the patient was out of danger and drama of life came back to him miraculously.

In 2008, a 9-year-old girl, Tú, in Hong Linh Town (Ha Tinh) suffered from poisonous snake bite to lying motionless on a respirator. She was taken to see him. In face of the precarious situation, Mr. Lục still stayed calm and used all traditional remedy over many years of experience; he saved the patient from danger.

Mr. Lục said there were many poisonous snakes in all regions; especially in rural areas, mountainous areas, poisonous snakes appeared anywhere. Those who are not careful are prone to be bitten. In that case, if they are subjective to lengthen the time, it is likely to lead to death. Recently, in mass media published a lot of deaths due to poisonous snake bites. That means people are subjective to poisonous snakes. Therefore, he desires to widely introduce all the medicinal remedies to people for self-treatment in case of poisonous snake bite.

In the early August, Tan Ky science and technology Association in collaboration with the Oriental Medicine Association held a scientific seminar on "How to prevent and herbal remedy for poisonous snake bites". There are many officials and inhabitants participating. Among them, many come from Department of Health, Nghe An Traditional Medicine Association, the provincial Oriental Medicine Association, Nghe An Border Guard and Hanoi University of Pharmacy.

The scientific project "How to prevent and herbal remedy for poisonous snake bites" compiled by Herbalist Bùi Đức Lục together with a number of other herbalists with years of experience in the treatment of poisonous snake bites, gives a specific, detailed, understandable introduction. The common types of poisonous snakes include King cobras, red-tail vipers, kraits, Bungarus fasciatus, Protobothrops mucrosquamatus, Asian green vine snakes, Hydrophiidae (sea snakes), worm snakes (a small black poisonous snake). These snakes have two fangs; they often appear in summer and rainy season, at night, and on the highland rice fields...

The common characteristics of poisonous snake bites are two parallel lines caused by 2 poisonous fangs to bite venom into the victim’s body. If there are 3 - 4 marks, it proves that the poisonous snakes bite 2 - 3 times. Venomous snakes can bite 3-4 victims in 1 hour, with an equal amount of toxin and venom. There are two forms of bites, including "wet" and "dry", but the former is more dangerous, for it could cause anaphylaxis within 5 to 40 minutes. In the latter case, it takes effect after 12 - 24 hours.

There should be based on groups of toxins to determine toxicity. If it is neurotoxin, the symptoms are faint bites, with mild pain or no pain, little or no swelling. Right after being bitten, the victims may just feel a little numbed or normal. If touching the bitten marks, they may feel coldness, poor reflexes, and drowsiness... They also feel qualmish, less flexible; speak slowly and unclearly; and decrease memory. If abdominal and bladder pain, they are infected with whole-body toxicity. Other symptoms include hypotension, cardiac arrhythmias, respiratory distress, and etc.

Regarding group of edema and necrosis, the bites are clearly red, livid, black and green; the bubble is mildly opaque, swollen from the bite and quickly widespread. The patients suffer from pain, severe pain, and pain spreading widely on the skin. Besides, other symptoms may include anaphylaxis, cardiac arrhythmias, hypotension, abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, and bladder pain; cell necrosis, fever, and infection; internal bleeding, leaking necrosis fluid out causing typical odor; pupil dilation, eyelids collapse, respiratory failure, and paralysis of extremities.

In case of being bitten, they should perform first aid actions. First, put a tourniquet on the bites to stop venom from running to the heart and head of the victim. Don’t fix the tourniquet at a particular position more than 15 minutes. After that, use needles, spikes, or rigid tools to extract and needle around the mouth of bites (depending on the depth of bites) to take poisoning blood out.

Use soap or water or antibacterial liquid to sterilize the injuries, disinfect the bitten area. Do not extort the bite, not apply hot oil on the bite. Do not have the victim drink tobacco and poisoning drugs. Use cloth or roodi to bandage the bitten area, fix splint to limit movement of the venom.

With nearly 40-year experience working with his father in treatment of poisonous snake bites, Herbalist Bùi Đức Lục has drawn a "3-easy" remedy: Easily found, easily processed, and easily applied. Three types of leaves which are easy to be founded to combine in case of emergency include Chỉ thiên herb (often grows in the garden or the bank of the field); xuyên tiêu leaves (grow in the thick bush); prickly găng leaves (grow in the fence, hills, and forests). Experience shows that harvesting the leaves in summer or in autumn (when it is sunny or in the afternoon) yields higher effects. We can manufacture and process them when they are fresh by cutting, slicing the leaves, and then drying them under the sunlight separately.

Prescription: 2 Chỉ thiên herb (Elephantopus scarber) (40%), 2 xuyên tiêu (Zanthoxylum nitidum) (40%), 1 găng leaves (20%). Dry the herbs at proper temperature (maximum 500C) to avoid reducing their properties; stir regularly to dryness and brittleness, and then store in a high place. It can be stored within 24 - 36 months. When bitten by a poisonous snake, mix powder with hot water for patients to drink, or apply and soak, spread the drug. Use an appropriate amount of boiling water mixed with the herb (ensuring the wetness and condensedness) to apply on the bites and swollen areas, and then use bandage and compresses to keep the humidity so that the herb can absorb into the body. However, the most effective method is “combination of drinking in and applying herbs outside”.

In case of emergency, it is necessary to determine the clinical symptoms for treatment. If the patients want to get self-medication, they should take enough doses at the same time remove the band. If the bite is featured by congestion of black blood, bruise, or swelling, they should clear and unstop it till it becomes normal, and then apply herbs and bandage it. Change the herb twice a day when the patient’s condition is stable. Remember to use boiling water to clean the wound each time.

In case the patients can’t speak out, or find difficult to open their mouth, slowly response to swallowing, or ganglions appear and fluid leak from upper jaw, put boiling water into the herb, and then add more cold water for immediate use, apply the herb directly onto the 2 corners of the jaw on the neck. Use the herb to massage the jaw muscles, temple, squeeze acupuncture points. Use syringe to suction phlegm so that the patients could easily breathe.

It is also necessary to take the patients to the medical center for respiratory support and drip feed. If the patients fall into a coma, there is a high risk of death. The first thing to do is to take the patient to the medical center for respiratory emergency, drip feed, and oxygen breathing. Use a syringe to inject the medicine into the stomach, because the patients lose swallow response. If stomach shrinks, the patients are not allowed to eat anything, to make room for drugs.

According to herbalist Bùi Đức Lục’s advice, to avoid snake bites, it is not advisable to catch the snake with your bare hands. Either in the house or yard, garden... always is wary of snakes. If unfortunately, they must be taken to the medical center, or use medicinal remedy as introduced.

Translated by Nga Nguyen


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