Re: help! accidental ingestion of little flake of henna paste...

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Posted by Catherine Cartwright Jones on July 14, 2002 at 17:27:58:

In reply to: Re: help! accidental ingestion of little flake of henna paste... posted by Lelia on July 14, 2002 at 17:02:32:

: oh and CCJ "Folk remedies are often inneffective and can be
: dangerous". - so are MANY modern alopathic remedies - all things
: have there pros and cons :) - Lelia

I agree that many things that physicians have prescribed to me have
been ineffective and dangerous (occasionally life threatening) ......
but when I read through what had to get pressed into service when
people used to be ill ..... I'm not suprised that there was so little
increase in the human population prior to the last century. People
(especially children) mostly got sick, took anything in despair.....
and died young. Since henna's ethnic use was often to dispel the
"evil eye", the source of disease, depression, catastrophy and death
... I've gone back to see EXACTLY what the incidence and sources were
for disease, depression , catastrophy and death, to correlate the
henna traditions with identifiable risks. And .... for most people,
(especially women and children) life kinda sucked without reliable,
clean, testable medications. Henna's usefulness as a medication is
between minimal and nil, but having someone stop and spend some time
ormanenting you, acknowledging that you're ill, frightned, and in need
of some care, and that they want to do what they can to avert the evil
that is attacking you ..... that is helpful! For instance ......
during a mid 19th century cholera epidemic in Morocco, people
envisioned the disease as rampaging malevolent jnun camped outside the
city, attacking, and attacking. One could apply henna to avert attack
by these evil forces, but henna isn't going to protect a person from
cholera as efficiently as medication and a clean water supply. But
.... without medication and clean water, henna is what was pressed
into service to avert a sense of helplessness and dispair, and gave
them an edge on surviving the epidemic. Anyone anyone who's ever
worked in health care knows depression, helplessness and dispair kill


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