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When the SHTF, people prepared for it will have adequate medical supplies for a year or two. There will be no drug store to renew prescription drugs most people depend upon and getting drugs for new ailments will be impossible. You need to start preparing now to develop the medical skills to handle illness without a doctor or a drugstore. While you can practice some skills such as gardening, weaving and hunting before a disaster, practicing medicine is more difficult. Yet learning healing tips and alternatives to modern drugs is not impossible.
If you have a serious medical condition, delaying treatment in favor of more primitive natural healing techniques is not only scary it is reckless. On the other hand, some of the methods can be an alternative to running to the doctor for small injuries and minor illnesses can be beneficial right now. Emergency medical training, wilderness medical training and first aid courses can be helpful in all types of emergencies, whether they are personal or global. Taking online and in person courses can begin your preparation.
If you have the simple medical first aid training, you can tackle many of the health issues. However, sometimes you need to know more than just how to set a bone or close a wound. You need to know how to give your body help in the war against microscopic soldiers like germs or fungus or get back on track and function properly. Herbal training can help in this case. Anyone who watches Starz’ “Outlander” gets a glimpse of how post WWII medical skills and herbal knowledge can help when there is no other alternative. The lead character fell through a door through time, going from the 1940s to the 1770s with a plethora of field nursing skills from the war and a basic understanding of herbs and herbal remedies. It would be much the same after a few years of primitive living if you had basic wilderness medical skills and herbal knowledge.
Simple wilderness herbal cures, such as chewing on the bark of the willow tree for headaches can be helpful to know. Willow bark was the precursor to aspirin. It can also help prevent menstrual cramps, heart attack and help arthritis and acne. Apple cider vinegar is another simple aid that has legions of followers and believers. It has so many uses, it would need its own full length book, or at least a chapter in a book, to list. Learning to make your own and all the many health benefits could be an invaluable aid. It also could be fun to learn and a skill you can learn and use now. Honey, hot chili peppers, black walnut, calendula and even dandelions are just a few of the many flowers, plants or herbs that provide alternative cures. Knowing the uses and growing these plants can be helpful whether in a disaster or not.