I was his student more than two decades ago. We met when he settled down with his son in
. By then, I was already in Bangalore . Bangalore
My teacher’s wife had a stroke and she lost partial control over her left hand and one leg. Then followed the most painful movement as my teacher and his wife made a tour of hospitals, diagnostic clinics and physio therapy centres.
There was improvement but my teacher’s wife could not regain full control over her left arm. She found difficulty in flexing her fingers and lifting weights or rather articles and even small things as combing her hair, became difficult.
Things went to such an extent that one day she when she entered the pooja room to light a lamp, the burning matchstick burnt p[art of her finger. You see, she could not throw away the match stick after lighting the lamp. Though her brain gave her a command to pout down the stick, the muscles refused to follow suit. The burning stick got extinguished only after it singed her finger.
Enough is enough said my teacher and in consultation with his son and daughter-in-law decided to opt for a home remedy at a remote place in Andhra Pradesh.
My teacher and his wife hired a car and went to the place in Andhra Pradesh which has attained fame for treating patients suffering from paralysis, stroke and other nerve related diseases.
This story is of my teacher and here it goes.
Three days ago, we hired a car and set out to Virupakshipuram which had become famous for its home remedy to cure people of their paralysis.
We had already been told about the healer and we set out from
early in the morning. We drove all along the national a highway upto Palamneer from where we took a deviation to a small village called Virupakshapuram. This is Andhra Pradesh and do not confuse it with the village near Mulabagal which is famous for the Virupaksha temple. Bangalore
By the way, you have to cross Mulabagal to reach the Andhra Pradesh border. Virupakshipuram is a small hamlet in Chappidipalle in Chittor district of Andhra Pradesh.
Once we entered the village, we found more than 100 cars already parked in a large open field with tamarind trees. As soon as we entered, we saw the healer, Mohan Rao, the son of Ranoji Rao.
Mr. Rao looked at all his patients and gave each a glass of ayurvedic liquid mixture and a fistful of rice. My wife
First drank the liquid and then eat the raw rice.
We were then shown into a fairly big hall built by Mr Rao to help patients who come to him and their relatives take rest. We were asked to see Mr Rao again after three hours. We spent time in the hall, talking to each other and hoping for the best. Time flew quickly and we were ushered into the room where Mr. Rao treated his patients.
He once again gave my wife the Ayurvedic liquid and again a fistful of rice. This time around he gave boiled rice so that my wife could eat. There was just boiled rice and nothing else. No sambar, no rasam, no pickles or curds.
We were asked to come to him the third and final time. This time around, he gave us three bottles of the Ayurvedic liquid and asked for Rs. 500 as charges.
When my wife mentioned that her hand is still not okay, he just smiled and said everything would be all right. Take the medicines for about a fortnight and by then the stiffness in the left hand and the numbness will disappear. If not come again and take the same treatment, he said.
He then said my wife’s left hand deserved more vigorous physio therapy and he held her hand and lifted it above her head. He asked me to help my wife lift her hand in this manner every day.
We came back by evening to
and since then we have been following the routine set out by Mr Rao. He asked us not to eat meat or drink alcohol. Since we are vegetarians and Brahmins, we have no problem about the diet he has prescribed. Bangalore
He has asked us to avoid food stuffs that will aggravate the paralysis or numbness. Avoid food that will warm your body, he told my wife.
By now, I have come to know that Mr. Mohan Rao belongs to the Marati family and that he has followed the footsteps of his father, Ranoji Rao, in giving home made medicines.
The home made Ayurvedic decoction is rich in blood stimulating ingredients. The medicine is made up of coriander, red chili, tamarind, cumin, ginger, pepper and goat milk.
The cure to paralysis is by traditional method of treatment. The family of Mr Rao is known for this treatment for over one hundred years.
The medicines have to be taken thrice a day between two hours interval and it has to be continued for a fortnight. Further treatment depends upon the extent of paralysis.
The intake of food stuffs and articles such as Urad dhal, sweet, chilled items has to be decreased gradually and Mr. Rao recommends that the body kept warm.
The address is Mr. C. Mohan Rao, S/O C. Ranoji Rao, Virupakshipuram (village) Chappidipalle - 517 432. Chittor District,
. The Andhra Pradesh, India Mobile number is 94404 59200: Phone no: 08579 200347.
Reach Virupakshapuram early so as to avail the benefit of treatment. The village is near Palamneer. It is also approachable from Kuppam.