Well, I went out and bought myself a little booklet with color illustrations of danish herbal medicines (monks and everyday folk used to use it). It's only like a 20-page basic introduction, but it's got instructions and everything, what herbs are good for what, etc.
As for what's good for what, if you look around on 'the fasting connection' (thefastingconnection.com ) you'll find some real good info. It's the art of stopping the digestive system to initiate the body's own repair processes. I've done three day water fasts..
It's not the easiest thing to do, what with toting around an insulin pump and having to do pre-prepared basal-rate lowerings and adjusting temp basal rates to compensate when blood sugar drops too low, but I'll be honest, I feel.. wonderfully clear-headed and upbeat at the two and three day marks. It's very encouraging, and makes me want to see if I can do more. :)
Plus fasting's the fastest way to clear out candida nests. Dry fasting? Bye bye buggers, miss no-mercy (my own body) is taking all the wind and water out of your sails, no more nosh for you. You're the food now!
The reports shared on the forums at TFC include links to and summaries of work by a dry-fasting doctor from Russia who worked with all sorts of patients, including about 40 patients who had varying levels of radiation poisoning from the Chernobyl accident. That doctor reported only one incident of death from the radiation.