It was Dr. Manuel Navarro who suggested pulped kamoteng kahoy for the malignant ulcers of my indigent patients.
My first poultice was crude and messy: grated kamoteng kahoy pulped with mortar and pestle, then applied directly on the breast ulcer. Though it worked, actually stopped the oozing on the first day, the problem was clearing off the previous application without abrading scabs that had formed.
It was yet another patient who, left to her own devises, saved the Laetrile I had provided (which she was supposed to take after meals) and in its stead chewed on the kamoteng kahoy for her daily dose of Vitamin B17, then summarily dredged the Laetrile powder on her ulcerated breast! Though that worked, too, it was difficult to evenly disperse the powder as it stuck in clumps once it hit the moist surface.
That fact, however, actually proved beneficial for ASI, my Tiaong patient. Besides noticeably less ooze from the areas where the powder stuck in clumps, that was where the ulcers first dried up, and formed scabs.
My initial plan was to actually use a wet poultice on ASI’s tumors: it would be like hitting more than 2 birds with 1 stone: for one, she could soak the sterile gauze squares in her kamoteng kahoy tea before drinking it for her morning dose; for another, the poultice would effectively get Vitamin B17 to the nooks and crannies of the ulceration without having to use precious Laetrile capsules; there, too, was the fact that the wet poultice would leave the ulcerations clean, scabs would remain visible, and due care could be taken from having them picked on. But it was a huge lump on her back over her right scapula that became a stumbling block: besides not being able to lie back at all, the sheer weight of the mass on her back had her crimped down on her breast tumors. A wet poultice would be useless with the oozing ulcers all on the underside, below where the nipple should have been. I opted to use the Laetrile powder instead. For build-up of laetrile powder previously applied, carefully squirting sterile normal saline solution over thick clumps from a loaded 10 cc syringe after a bath helped loosen layers, a little at a time, while respecting her healthy scabs.
According to the good doctor, a 250 mg. capsule of Laetrile, if available, is as good for a wet poultice as the kamoteng kahoy tea. To make sure that every grain of the precious laetrile powder is put to good use, the amount of water that the gauze will soak up is important. So I usually size off the affected area, figure out how much gauze will be needed, then do a trial run using first just tap water to make sure that there will be enough of the solution to soak through however many wads of sterile gauze may be needed to cover the ulceration.
Depending on amount of gauze to soak, I measure off 30 or 60 ml. first, adding increments of 5 ml. at a time till gauze pads are properly soaked through. Noting the total amount of water, I use an equivalent of sterile water, mix in the laetrile powder, soak the sterile gauze and apply the poultice, pressing lightly to allow the solution to seep into the nooks and crannies of the ulceration.
When making kamoteng kahoy tea even if only for wet poutice on malignant ulcerations, precaution against aflatoxin applies, kktea must be freshly made daily and only fresh and young kamoteng kahoy without any tinge of discoloration or veins in the white meat must be used.
Words of caution:
When a scab forms, it will be itchy. That means it’s healing.
Do not pick on scabs! Bleeding and infection can become problematic!
When bathing, just lightly soap over the area with the hand and to preserve scabs, very lightly pat dry with a soft absorbent cloth as soon as possible.
No matter how lightly it is cleaned, wet scabs easily peel off; bleeding where there was none before means a scab was unfortunately removed.
Beware of reddening, pus, and/or tenderness: they signal infection.
An important precaution: make sure there are no flies around that might settle on the exposed wound.
To better understand my concern about flies, read ASI’s goodbye.
For cassava (kamoteng kahoy) tea, read Kamoteng Kahoy Tea Must Be Freshly Prepared Daily, and Kamoteng Kahoy Tea (2)