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Afghanistan’s venom doctor

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Ahmad Shah Ghanizada
Ahmad Shah Ghanizada
Ahmadshah Ghanizada is the deputy editor in chief for The Khaama Press Agency who manages and overlooks the English edition.

vlcsnap-2014-04-18-14h11m41s246Joe Sheffer – NATOChannel

With patients travelling hundreds of miles to see him, and with thousands of satisfied customers, Dr Shirzad claims to be one of Afghanistan’s most successful medical practitioners. But not everything is as it seems in Parwan Province, as Dr Shirzad is the one and only venom doctor.

NATOChannel visits the surgery of Dr Mohammad Shirzad who is a doctor offering alternative treatment for skin diseases like vitiligo and epilepsy in Parwan, Afghanistan.

The doctor, who claims thousands of satisfied patients, uses the venom which he extracts from scorpions and snakes in his medicines. The doctor and his family have been working as alternative medical practitioners for over 215 years, despite their lack of formal medical training. The story follows Dr Shirzad as he diagnoses a patient and also prepares a fresh batch of medicine, using freshly harvested scorpion venom.

vlcsnap-2014-04-18-14h14m24s79They come seeking treatment for skin vitiligo and epilepsy; conditions that are often incurable by even the world’s most advanced medics.

But Dr Shirzad is no conventional doctor as his medicine contains a surprising ingredient: the venom of scorpions and snakes.  His techniques might seem strange, but Dr Shirzad is far from being a beginner in this business.

The patient with her burqa revealing her face clearly has vitiligo on her forehead. Nineteen years ago she got this disease from an egg.

“We have 215 years of experience in Parwan, my father, grandfather and great-grandfather, going back seven generations,” Dr. Shirzad said.

And while the self-styled venom doctor might be written off as a quack, the doctor isn’t short of admirers, boasting hundreds of returning patients from all around the world for his unique treatments.

vlcsnap-2014-04-18-14h19m37s156Dr. Shirzad said, “I have patients from more than 41 countries, [pause] Germany, England, France, India, Dubai, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan.”

The doctor even has a certificate of appreciation from an ISAF base commander for his work on disposing of venomous pests on Bagram Airfield. He also isn’t shy in sharing the recipes he cooks up his treatments with.

Dr. Shirzad extracts venom from scorpion in his lab by using a syrine to extract the venom from the tail of the invertebrate. He says it takes five or six minutes to make his medicine to mix the poison with certain medicine powders.

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  1. Hi dear Dr
    Hope all is well, we have a patient who has wight dots on her skin and we want to take her to u but we no address or any phone number if u plz send us your cell number or complete add we would appreciate it thanks and regards. Hatami


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