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Water and Its Ability to Cure Diseases – Book Review of ‘The Practical Water Cure’

Updated: Apr 17

Photograph of my Kindle where I have bought the Book - 'The Practical Water Cure' by William Walker Atkinson

It is said that almost two thirds of the planet is filled with water. So, that means only one fourth part of the planet is habitable by species which can thrive on land. There are also a lot number of living species which lives on both land and water. Then there are the amphibians.

We humans can only thrive on land as we have to breathe and drink fresh water. As per the official website of USGS, it is said that up to 60% of the human adult body is water. According to Mitchell and others (1945), the percentage of water in the brain and heart is 73% and the lungs have 83% water. The skin contains 64% water, muscles and kidneys are 79% and the even the bones are said to watery having 31% of water (Source:

This book, ‘The Practical Water Cure’ written by William Walker Atkinson is a wonderful book on water and the way it can cure a human from diseases.

The way water acts as a therapy for the human’s body is well known fact in the western world as well as the eastern World. However, the method of intake of water, the technique by which it is consumed, the manner in which it is used for bathing and cleaning, all help in excreting harmful substances from the body.

Many spiritual scholars and old timers says that Prana, which is the great universal principle of energy which permeates all things, and which has one of its manifestations as a vital force in all living species is a very important component to be maintained in water. This Prana if is there in water, brings vitality in one’s body and keeps the body healthy.

The author, William Walker Atkinson expresses his thoughts in the book, ‘The Practical Water Cure’:

‘Prana permeates every drop of water, although in varying degrees. Fresh running water contains a much greater proportion of Prana than stagnant, still water. Likewise water that has been contained in cisterns, tanks or vessels is found to have parted with much of its original store of Prana.

The author, William Walker Atkinson further adds that:

‘Distilled water usually losses much of its Prana, which may, however, be restored to it by pouring it from one vessel to another, through the air, as aforesaid. An understanding of this fact will explain the reason why the ordinary distilled water seems to lose a certain amount of its “life”, which is noticed by those who drink distilled water as a measure of health preservation. … Western Science does not explain these well known facts, but the Hindus understand its cause to be the losing or gaining of Prana.”

Apart from many suggestions of how to increase the Prana in water and other techniques of flushing the colon, the internal bath, the way the skin has to be cleaned, the scientific bathing technique and other valuable methods, he further stated that:

In the same manner, when one wishes to take a hot bath, or to drink hot water; or to apply hot fomentations, etc.; it will be found advantageous to Pranaize the water in this way before using. In the case of a hot bath, dip up the water from the tub, with a saucepan or similar utensil, a number of times, until you have invigorated it with fresh Prana.

There are many old methods which were being followed by many towns across many parts in Eastern India, but those have been erased in many well-known Cities. Hence, the author expressed his thoughts through these lines:

‘One has to pay the price for the advantages of “civilization” – and that price is often Disease and Weakness. But if the original Natural Method of Physical Well-being are adhered to, one may have both “the penny of Health and the Cake of Civilization”.

This book explains the use of water in such a way that any person without having any technical knowledge of science can also understand the thoughts expressed. These techniques which he proposes need to analyse by one-self before using them and I beg to differ in some methods the author of the book mentioned about using water.

Photograph of the Book - 'The Practical Water Cure' by William Walker Atkinson, which I bought in Kindle Amazon

However, I felt that it’s a very good book on water cure and If I have to rate the book on 10 Stars and 10 being the highest, I will give the book 8.5 Stars. A patient reading sometimes do wonders with your life.

(Please Note: The above are my own personal thoughts after going through the book. Your views, facts, and opinions after reading the book may differ)

This is all from me in this short article. Hope you have liked my personal thoughts and opinions. Please share your thoughts or comments.

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Thanks and Regards:

Mainak Majumdar, Book Critic


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