The so-called "Black Stone" or "Belgian Stone," thanks
to its absorptive quality, works to neutralize the fatal effects of snakebite. It does not
replace treatment with the serum antidote, which is what is recommended, but in the
absence of the serum it can be of great help.
Its discovery is attributed to the Missionaries of
Africa who saw how an African tribe used it. Now its production is in public domain
but it took them a very long time to learn the secret that was jealousy guarded by the
medicine men of the tribe who would not say how it was produced but gave them some of the
METHOD OF USING: APPLY IMMEDIATELY AFTER A
- Wash the wound produced by the snake.
- Make small cuts in the bite marks until drops of
blood come out.
- Place the Black Stone on the wound until it sticks
there by itself.
- Try to get the patient to stay calm and not move.
- Treat the affected zone with antibiotics; those
recommended are Penicillin G and Dicloaxacilina to treat infection. To ease the pain give
the victim paracetamol.
Once the stone is used it can be re-used but first
it must be soaked overnight in a glass of milk , and by morning the stone will be ready to
be used again. The glass of milk must be thrown out because it is contaminated.
HOW YOU CAN MAKE YOUR "BLACK STONE"
- Take a long bone from the hindquarters of a buffalo,
a cow or an ox; preferably an old bone because it has very little fat.
- Wash it, rub it well with detergent, dry it, wash it
again at least three times so that it has no grease or oil on it.
- Cut it in pieces approximately 5 centimeters by 2
- File it down in order to open the pores of the bone.
- Put wood coal on a metal sheet, heat it until the
metal is very hot.
- When the metal sheet is very hot, open the coal and
put the pieces of bone in a row on it and re-cover with coal, allowing for good air
circulation so that the coal burns well.
- Keep the bones covered with coals for 15 minutes.
- Uncover after 15 minutes to see whether the bones are
black and shiny. If they are only brown, cover again and leave in the fire.
- If the bones are very black and shiny, take them out
with tongs and put them in untreated cold water from a well, a spring or a river (do not
put them in water treated with chlorine or in boiled water) for several seconds. This
makes the stone harder.
TO TEST ITS ABSORPTIVE POWER
Put the Black Stone on the tongue of a volunteer
and if it sticks like glue, it is ready to be used. Remove it by dampening around the
stone with water.