Puttur is the renowned place for bone setting in the district and beyond. This is about forty kilometes from our village. Kallur is ten kilometers away and also has a family of bone setters.
Amarnaths’s thigh bone got broken when he slipped from the tractor. It healed within two months with the Kallur treatment. Annapurna’s mother fell from the scooter and had a severe muscle damage as per X-rays. She went first to Tirupathi and spent a thousand rupees as her son wanted X-rays, and an orthopaedic opinion! Then they reverted to the Kallur treatment, and she also recovered fully. After the required three kattus, she kept tying bandaara (Dodonia viscose) leaf which is locally used to speed healing. Eashwaramma relates how Seenaiah’s leg got turned backwards twenty years ago when he had an accident. He recovered completely with the Kallur kattu. After the kattu was removed, she said she used to rub the area twice daily with mushti (Strychnos nux-vomica) kaaya and kanithi mooligai. Kanithi mooligai is the bone marrow of a kanithi or sambar deer found in forests. The kanithi mooligai is available in Kothapeta. But it is best to get the raw drug, which the Irulas collect and sell. Even application of just mushti kaaya (Strychnos nux-vomica) is effective, Eashwaramma said.