A ‘Miracle’ Oil To Cure Dengue Patients
By Nirmala Kannangara
Despite claims by Ven. Amithirigala Palitha Damma Thero of Seth Vehera, Weerasuriyakanda, Pasyala that he has cured over 450 dengue patients at Ragama General Hospital and Wathupitiwala Base Hospital using a medicinal oil, Medical Supirintendent Wathupitiwala Dr. Sisira Wijesundara says that he cannot say whether this treatment cured the patients as the dengue death rate is very low at his hospital.
“Since the death rate is very low in dengue cases in this hospital I cannot really say whether this oil treatment was able to cure the patients or not. Anyhow Damma Thero visited this hospital once and gave the oil treatment to the patients,” said Dr. Wijesundara.
However Deputy Director Ragama General Hospital Dr. Champa said that she knew nothing about any treatment given to their in-house dengue patients by a Buddhist monk.“I am not aware of it cannot make any comment,” said Dr. Champa.
However there are those who claim that lives of more than 20, 000 have been saved by a medicinal oil made out of herbs by Ven. Amithirigala Palitha Damma Thero. His temple is a few kilo meters away from Nittambuwa on Colombo- Kandy main road.
This oil is said to have given relief to many patients. This is not an oral medicine but it has to be applied above the eyes on both sides of the patient’s forehead. Chief Minister Western Province Prasanna Ranatunge- brother of former Sri Lankan Cricket Captain Arjuna Ranatunge is one of those who bear testimony to the effectiveness of the oil. he says it saved the life of his little nephew from deadly dengue six months ago.
“When the doctors who attended on my nephew gave up hopes, it was this oil that helped to save his life. Certainly this is a miracle. I have recommended this Buddhist monk and his miracle oil to many of my friends including politicians and also those whom I come across having dengue. I know as to how Palitha Damma Thero cured dengue patients in large numbers when he treated patients in Wathupitiwala and Ragama Hospitals,” he said.
However he said that he was unable to talk openly about this oil and the monk to prevent dengue deaths as he cannot take the blame in the event if this oil does not work on any individual.
“We have seen as to how many patients have praised Dr. Eliyantha White for curing their ailments but what happened next? When the same medication did not agree with the others they blamed him as a rouge. So that is why I did not want to talk openly about Palitha Damma Thero and his miracle oil although I have first-hand experience. Certainly I know this is a miracle oil and there is no question about it. He is known to cure many ailments not only dengue. During my father’s last few days, this Buddhist monk visited our residence and prayed for my father. I believe his peaceful death was due to this monk’s blessings,” said the Chief Minister.
For Veena Ratnayake of Minuwangoda, she would have lost the apple of her eye- the only child if not for her brother who brought the oil to her when her son was dying at the ICU at Durdans Hospital last month.
For Ratnayake, it was truly a miracle which saved her son’s life. “My son was having high fever and was in dengue hemorrhage stage. Even the doctors gave up hopes and I sought divine help. I then asked my husband who was in Germany to come back immediately. I had a strong belief that my late parents may have seen my plight and got the information about this Buddhist monk and his miracle oil,” said Ratnayake.
According to her, from the moment this oil was applied on her son’s forehead on June 12 afternoon, the child’s health dramatically improved.“I can remember vividly how my brother came and gave me a tiny piece of cotton wool soaked with this oil when I had lost all hope. Although I did not believe in this oil at first, I applied the oil on my son solely because I could not disappoint my brother. This was repeated once every four hours. Miraculously the child who did not open his eyes for three days slowly opened his eyes after the second application. Within two days my son was completely out of danger but still had to be in a ward for three more days as he was weak. No sooner we bought the son home; we took him to this Buddhist monk to pay homage to him. It would be a great help if wide publicity is given to this medicine. I do not want to see any mother in this world suffer the way how I suffered,” added Ratnayake.
When this reporter visited the Sethvehera temple at Pasyala, the temple was full of people – not with devotees but with patients who have come from far away to take medicine for their different ailments.
Although we got the opportunity to talk to a section of the crowd about their illnesses and how they were cured by Palitha Damma Thero, unfortunately there weren’t any one that had come to take treatment for dengue.
Palitha Damma Thero was not keen to talk about his ability to cure illnesses especially dengue patients. But the few words he spoke showed how much he is satisfied after saving lives from certain death.
“Gautama Buddha preached that health is wealth. So if I am able to give this wealth to any patient irrespective of cast, creed, religion or financial status I am happy since I am able to follow the Great Teacher’s path,” said Palitha Damma Thero.
Although our main objective was to know about the dengue treatment and to talk to family members of those were infected with dengue virus and to capture their pictures we could not fulfill our mission.
It was only then I asked the Thero whether I can get any contact details of some of the dengue patients to find out what their experience was. “I do not want much publicity about this treatment as it could be harmful to me. I do not want to have any enemies- if people who are in mosquito coil and mosquito nets businesses they can get angry with me for curing dengue. But since you have come all the way from Colombo to meet me I will give you some books where family members of dengue patients have written their comments,” said the Thero.
That was how we were able to speak to family members of a few dengue patients.
K.G. Dhammika Priyadharshana Principal Nalagasdeniya Model School in Hikkaduwa was a father who had to give up hopes of his 9 year old son Sakindu. He was admitted to Karapitiya Hospital for dengue.
“My son was having high fever for two weeks and the doctors could not bring the fever down. It was only then I came to know about this monk and when I telephoned him there was no answer. I then tried to contact my sister who is in Gampaha to meet this monk and see whether there is any possibility for us to start any treatment. However by which time my sister too had come to know about this oil and had brought the medicine. It was truly a miracle. The fever went down gradually and the platelet count increased. I got my son discharged and admitted to Sri Jayewardenepura General Hospital as he needed much bed rest as he was so week.
May this Buddhist monk attain Nirvana- the sublime bliss for curing my son,” said Priyadharshana. Nine year old Namithma Samarasekera’s condition too was critical and her platelet count was decreasing alarmingly when her grandfather came to know about this oil from one of his friends at Kadawatha.
“We went and met the Buddhist monk and the cotton wool soaked with this miracle oil was given to apply on my granddaughter’s forehead once every four hours. The moment the oil was applied we saw a change in the little girl and her condition improved. We did not tell the medical team at the Nawaloka Hospital MICU where Namithma was taking treatment as we did not know as to what they will tell us. Later I went and asked this monk whether we could go to hospitals and cure patients,” said the grandfather.
Palitha Damma Thero said that he does not have any issue of visiting hospitals to cure dengue patients but added that it has to be done with the proper approvals.
“How can I go to a hospital and treat the patients without any approval. If the Health Ministry gives approval I will certainly discharge my duties by the sick – treating sick is a meritorious deed. I have treated President Mahinda Rajapaksa for a leg ailment and have told him about this oil as well. If the officials want my service I am glad to visit any hospital in the country and cure the patients. When I was asked I have gone to Wathupitiwela and Ragama Hospitals and have cured more than 450 patients. I came to know that some patients have got discharged forcibly and have gone home after the treatment,” said Palitha Damma Thero.
For Damma Thero Thursday is a busy day as he treats patients for any ailment from 6 am till 7 pm. However for dengue, there is no specific day for treatment any person can visit the monk round the clock to obtain the oil.
“Dengue is a deadly disease. It can snatch away any person at any time. That is why any person can come to the temple at any time and ask for this oil,” said the Thero.