FOR years I suffered with boils and other similar abscesses. As the Scripture says: “I suffered much of many physicians, but rather grew worse than better.” One week before my graduation I found a beautiful boil starting to come on my nose. In despair I determined to try to cure myself. Fowlers solution of Arsenic, three drops well diluted IMMEDIATELY after each meal prevented that particular boil from developing. In fact, neither that boil nor any other has bothered me since that time and that is now more than thirty-nine years ago.
Although I studied homoeopathy later and graduated at a Homoeopathic College the following year, I have never found anything better to prevent boils. I asked one of the professors in the Homoeopathic College about this remedy and he said the action was homoeopathic. At any rate I have cured many people of the tendency to boils by this treatment.
I have had unusual success with carbuncles. I think the simplest and the best treatment for carbuncles is the Calendula treatment advised in Helmuths surgery. I use a solution of Calendula and water in the proportion of about one part Calendula to six or eight parts or even one ounce to the pint o water. Apply cloths wrung out of this solution as hot as the patient can conveniently stand, covering with some impervious material like oiled silk or even flannel. Change the cloths every two hours.
In due time the slough will come away in a lump, leaving a clean, slightly oozing hole which will fill up rapidly. The size of the hole will startle you, but it will heal almost by magic. Of course I always give the indicated homoeopathic remedy in addition to this local treatment. I have used this treatment for carbuncle for thirty- five years and never lost a case, and I have never cut a carbuncle.
Some eighteen years ago a consultant insisted that a carbuncle must be but. I refused to do the cutting and made him do it. They held the funeral a week later.