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close this bookWhere There Is No Doctor - A Village Health Care Handbook (Hesperian Foundation, 1993, 516 p.)
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Times When the Right Use of Water May Do More Good than Medicines


to help prevent

use water

1. diarrhea, worms, gut infections

boil or filter drinking water, wash hands, etc.


2. skin infections

bathe often

3. wounds becoming infected; tetanus

wash wounds well with soap and clean water



to treat

use water

1. diarrhea, dehydration

drink plenty of liquids


2. illnesses with fever

drink plenty of liquids

3. high fever

remove clothing and soak body with cool water


4. minor urinary infections (common in women)

drink plenty of water

5. cough, asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, whooping cough

drink a lot of water and breathe hot water vapors (to loosen mucus)


6. sores, impetigo, ringworm of skin or scalp, cradle cap, pimples

scrub with soap and clean water


7. infected wounds, abscesses, boils

hot soaks or compresses

8. stiff, sore muscles and joints

hot compresses


9. itching, burning, or weeping irritations of the skin

cold compresses

10. minor burns

hold in cold water at once


11. sore throat or tonsillitis

gargle with warm salt water

12. acid, lye, dirt, or irritating substance in eye

flood eye with cool water at once, and continue for 30 minutes


13. stuffed up nose

sniff salt water


14. constipation, hard stools

drink lots of water (also, enemas are safer than laxatives, but do not overuse)

15. cold sores or fever blisters

hold ice on blister for 1 hr. at first sign


In each of the above cases (except pneumonia) when water is used correctly, often medicines are not needed. In this book you will find many suggestions for ways of healing without need for medicine. Use medicines only when absolutely necessary.