"O God! The Supreme Knower!
The Ancient Tongue speaks that which will satisfy the wise in the absence of doctors. "
"Do not eat except when you are hungry. Do not drink after you have retired to sleep.
"Exercise is good when the stomach is empty; it strengthens the muscles.
When the stomach is full it is harmful.
"Do not neglect medical* treatment when necessary, but leave it off when the body is in good
"Do not take nourishment except when digestion is completed.
Do not swallow until you have thoroughly masticated your food. "
"Treat disease first of all through diet, and refrain from medicine.
If you can find what you need for healing in a single herb do not use a compound medicament.
Leave off medicine when the health is good, and use it in case of necessity.
"If two diametrically opposite foods are put on the table do not mix them.
Be content with one of them.
Take first the liquid food before partaking of `solid food. The taking of food before that which you have
already eaten is digested is dangerous.
"When you have eaten walk a little that the food may settle.
That which is difficult to masticate is forbidden by the wise... "
"A light meal in the morning is as a light to the body.
Avoid all harmful habits: they cause unhappiness in the world. Search for the causes of disease.
" Be content in all conditions... grief and sorrow will cause the greatest misery; jealousy will
consume the body while anger burns the liver.
Avoid these two as you would a lion.
"O doctor! In treating the sick, first mention the name of God...
then use what God hath destined for the healing of His creatures.
" By My Life!
The doctor who has drunk from the Wine of My Love, his visit is healing, and his breath is mercy
and hope. Cling to him for the welfare of the constitution. He is confirmed by God in his treatment. *²
This beautiful Tablet closes with Healing prayer, invested with special power.
"Thy Name is my healing, O my God, and remembrance of Thee is my remedy.
Nearness to Thee is my hope, and love for Thee is my companion.
Thy mercy to me is my healing and my succor in both this world and the world to come.
Thou, verily, art the All-Bountiful, the All-Knowing, the All-Wise."
*¹ A Tablet by Baha'u'llah
* Note: When this Tablet was revealed, there were a wide variety of schools of health in use at the time (including many harmful practices).
Medicine and drugging as well as other modalities were referred to as "medical practice."
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