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close this bookWhere There Is No Doctor - A Village Health Care Handbook (Hesperian Foundation, 1993, 516 p.)
close this folderChapter 5 - HEALING WITHOUT MEDICINES
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For most sicknesses no medicines are needed. Our bodies have their own defenses, or ways to resist and fight disease. In most cases, these natural defenses are far more important to our health than are medicines.

People will get well from most sicknesses - including the common cold and 'flu' - by themselves, without need for medicines.

To help the body fight off or overcome a sickness, often all that is needed is to:

keep clean

get plenty of rest

eat well and drink a lot of liquid

Even in a case of more serious illness, when a medicine may be needed, it is the body that must overcome the disease; the medicine only helps. Cleanliness, rest, nutritious food, and lots of water are still very important.

Much of the art of health care does not - and should not - depend on use of medications. Even if you live in an area where there are no modern medicines, there is a great deal you can do to prevent and treat most common sicknesses - if you learn how.

Many sicknesses can be prevented or treated without medicines.

If people simply learned how to use water correctly, this alone might do more to prevent and cure illnesses than all the medicines they now use... and misuse.