Unusual Alternative Medicines for Rabies (Hydrophobia)
A backwoodsman, who is also a nature doctor, has treated all kinds of things with remarkable success. He says to do this: Wash the wound with water right away; then mix half and half vinegar and warm water, and wash the wound with it. When dry, apply 1-2 drops of muriatic acid (hydrochloric acid) to each wound. Do this even if (what appears to be) a rabid dog only licks a previous wound on your body. For extra precaution, you may apply a tourniquet and a rubber vacuum cup as for a snake bite. If muriatic acid is not available and you are far from civilization, you may burn the wound with a magnifying glass in the sunlight or use a red-hot iron. Then treat as a regular burn until it is healed. This treatment usually prevents further worry, so says one backwoodsman.
Jethro Kloss has a lengthy article on rabies in his book, "Back to Eden (pp. 490-495). He also says to put hydrochloric acid on the wound, to neutralize the rabies poison in the saliva. Then, after discussing a number of herbal remedies to also use, he quotes a scientific paper by an M. Buisson, read to the French Academy of Arts and Sciences. M. Buisson had accidentally contracted rabies from a women suffering with it. By the time he discovered he had it, the disease was advanced and he knew he was soon to die. Kloss quotes a London newspaper which reported on the scientific paper:
- "Concluding from these various symptoms that he was suffering with hydrophobia, he [Buisson] resolved to make an end of himself by suffocating himself in a vapor (steam) bath. With this view, he raised the heat very, very hot, but was delighted, no less than surprised, to find that all his pains disappeared. He went out of the bath completely cured, ate a hearty dinner, and drank more freely than was usual with him. He adds that he has treated more than fourscore persons who have been bitten by mad dogs in a similar manner, and they all recovered, with the exception of a child seven years old, who died in a vapor bath he was administering." - Jethro Kloss, Back to Eden, p. 493.
Water therapists normally work with a steam bath temperature of 115°-120°F. Those with diabetes, valvular heart disease, extreme arteriosclerosis, or emaciation should not take a steam bath.
Kloss also quotes a German newspaper which discussed an incident which happened in Saxony:
"A Saxon forester named Gastell, at the age of 82, unwilling to take to the grave with him a secret of so much importance, has made public in the Leipsic Journal the method which he used for fifty years, and he affirms he has rescued many human beings and cattle from the fearful death of hydrophobia. Wash the wound immediately with warm water and vinegar; let it dry, and then pour upon the wound a few drops of hydrochloric acid, and that will neutralize and destroy the poison of the saliva." - Kloss, p. 494.
Dr. Christopher suggests the following for rabies: Steep 1 teaspoon lobelia in 1 pint boiling water and drink as much as possible to induce vomiting and cleansing of the stomach. Follow this with a high enema of lobelia and catnip. Dr. Christopher's remedy is based on the theory that by cleansing the stomach and intestinal tract, the rabies can be eliminated.
In his book, Hydropathic Encyclopedia, Robert Trall, M.D., recommended the following treatment for rabies: Apply wet sheet packs or dry sheet packs to promote perspiration; or give a rubbing sheet pack, followed by a wet sheet pack.
Trall's method is similar to the steam bath method; both of these methods cause the body to heat up in order to burn out the rabies virus.
Taking garlic and other antibiotic herbs are also very helpful in treating serious infections.