FILARIASIS (DAUL FEEL)
The obstruction of the lymphatic system causing the marked inflammation and obstruction to lumphatic fluids especially in the lower limbs is known as daul feel. The limbs get swollen and resemble the feet of elephants. Hence the name daul feel (elephant's feet) in Unani medicine. Unani physicians attribute filariasis to the imbalance in the phlegm, yellow bile and black bile.
In a comparative study with the generally used allopathic medicines, Unani medicine fared better and at least three times more effective.
This disease is characterised by periodical bouts of fevers, chill, rigor and pain along with swelling in the affected limbs. Initially the swelling is not very prominent.
It mostly affects the lower limbs followed by the testicles, arms and breasts. It might affect more than one part. The incidence is high among the males of the lower socio-economical strata.
Any of the following plants could be used effectively in the treatment of this disease.
Neem (Azadirachta indica,A.Juss)
The following preparation made into a powder and taken orally helps in reducing the swelling. While on this medication no bitter preparations are to be taken.
Kundur (Boswellia serrata,Roxb) 1 gm
For external application Babuna (Matricaria chamomilla,Linn) is to be mixed with the juice of coriander leaves and applied regularly.