The Hard Truth Behind Ita Ntutu and Igbo Nails. Vol.4 No. 11

In our last series, we tried to make some clarifications on the process of extracting needles from the body and the vomiting of poison. In spite of our efforts to do justice to that task, it’s obvious that there were some inconsistencies which we were unable to rectify and which the experts of this so called medications have been unable to explain or even to transmit to the younger generation who are very inquisitive to learn from them. The reasons for this transmission is not far from the inauthenticity of this medication. Such difficulties may include how can one really explain the fact that by mere bites or beating, needles are brought out from one’s body? I may not totally deny the fact of vomiting poison in as much as some herbs are given to the patient in order to assist the process of vomiting. But then, it’s difficult to reconcile if one has been actually poisoned on the long run. That is to say, if one actually wishes to poison the other, why should the poison not kill instantly but continues to affect the individual for a very long time (say months)?
Actually, one of the aims of this write up is to awaken our consciousness as Nigerians to the reality of certain superstitious claims inconveniencing the whole society. More often than not, we believe without questioning and worse still, assist to spread rumors as if we were first witnesses. One of the wisdom of our elders encapsulated in their time-tested proverbs says that it is a barren woman that listens to tales of how children bite their mothers in the womb. By implication, the elders expect a barren woman, not withstanding her plight, to be able to reflect and to ask a simple question, which is, from where did children get the teeth with which they bite their mothers in the womb. It’s only through enquiry and research that we can be saved from the clutches of ignorance surrounding human health. Of course, at the high point of a protracted illness, any means of survival becomes authentic.
Before I arrive at my conclusion, I will like to share this story from my lecturer. It is a story to affirm how mysterious the human mind could be. According to him, a woman was once stung by killer bees in her farm. She was in serious pain and was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. The doctor who took care of her removed the barbed stingers the aggressive bees left on their trail, administered the necessary medication to arrest the symptom, kept the woman in the hospital for close observation for the night. The following morning, he discharged her. As she was told that she could go home, the woman reported to the doctor that one of the bees that stung her had found its way into her ear cavity and was alive and kicking, and that she could hear the humming sound of the bee. But the doctor dismissed her fears as the flimsy imagination of a troubled mind. Few days after the incident, the woman was still wriggling in pain. Apart from the stings she got, she was convinced that the aggressive bee, which she believed entered her inner ear was still there as she could hear its buzzing sound. Consequently, the woman’s distressed family decided to take her to another doctor for medical examination and treatment. After listening to the story of the woman’s case, the doctor thought out a simple solution. He sent one of his aid to fetch a dead bee and asked the woman to lie down on her side while he pretended to be searching for the menacing bee. After about ten minutes of careful touching, turning, fondling and cleaning of the woman’s ear, he brought out the dead bee his aid had kept, which of course, was concealed from the woman. And he exclaimed: “I have got it “. At the sight of the dead bee, the woman was relieved instantly and the phantom buzzing noise stopped. I will end here with the hope to conclude this series by next week. Happy weekend!

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