Starvation is familiar to man and animals from time immemorial. In primitive people, this was the only way to treat it. Centuries passed, a person was starving when he was injured or sick, because the self-preservation instinct told him so. Along with starvation, medicinal plants were used as a tonic and anti-inflammatory agent.
Watching starvation for more than fifty years, I saw that it worked wonders. This is not only the oldest of all means of dealing with ailments, but also the best, since it has no side effects. This is the most natural way to cleanse the body.
The instinct that makes us starve when the body is injured, is common to all living things. Sick or injured animals refuse to eat, because the instinct of self-preservation is stronger than hunger.
In this case, the vital energy (usually wasted on digestion) concentrates on the injury site and is spent on removing harmful substances and cleansing the body. The instinct of starvation is so strong that it retains its power over the modern civilized man.
Fasting is as old as the world
From ancient history, we know that, since time immemorial, supporters of Eastern religions, as well as in ancient civilizations, used fasting. Starvation was practiced then not only to restore health and preserve youth, but also for spiritual enlightenment.
The Great Pythagoras demanded a forty-day fast from his students before devoting them to the secrets of his philosophical doctrine. He believed that only a forty-day fasting can clear and enlighten the mind to such an extent as to perceive the depths of the doctrine of the mysteries of life.
Now, as in previous times, fasting not only cleanses the body and helps restore health, but also has a strong effect on the spiritual side of human existence.