Mrs. A.Chandra hails from Uluthimadai, Virudhinagar district in Tamil Nadu. She is 37 years old, married and has a son and daughter.
Mrs.Chandra treats rat bites and inherited this practice from her ancestors. People from about nine surrounding villages approach her with this complaint. She has been practising this for the past 15 years and enjoys a good reputation in her area. About 10,000 patients have come to her and been treated successfully. She also practises treatments for gastric problems, skin diseases, fever, loose motion and she has developed antidotes for scorpion bites and viper bites.
Method of the practice
A paste is made of the leaves of Elimarunthu chedi (a plant whose local name means green leaves for rat bites) and this is applied on the bite and bandaged. The patient is then made to stand in stagnant water for some time. Usually they get cured by this immediately and are able to leave. But if not cured instantly, she allows the patient to stay at her house and repeats the treatment till he/she gets cured.