So, you want to cure a werewolf. Have you made sure that what you have on your hands is a werewolf? If so, then continue on. If not, check out yesterday’s post: Identifying a Werewolf. If you are wondering what in the world I am talking about, then I suggest you read: What is a werewolf?

The first thing to realize is that the person you have identified as a werewolf may not actually be a werewolf. I’m not saying that they can’t be a were-creature, but a werewolf is going to be different than say, a werebear or werecoyote. The tips I will be mentioning are going to be strictly for werewolves, so be sure which creature you are dealing with (for more information on these creatures: stay tuned).

Curing a werewolf is going to be extremely hard to do and, as you have noticed, most people think that the only way to cure one is to destroy it. That is not true. There are other options available to cure the terminally furry.

Now, depending on where you live in the world, there are region specific cures available.

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In Greece, people noticed that the werewolf, once returning to their human form, would be worn out. So they devised a series of purely physical activities meant to drive out the wolf aspect of a werewolf. This act came to be known as exorcising the beast. Europe quickly picked up the idea and labeled it ‘Exorcism’. Before that treatment became available to Europe, people believed the cure lie in becoming a Christian.

In Germany, however, the idea was a little different. They didn’t believe that physical exercise was enough to burn off the beast within. Not that they scoffed at the idea, they just didn’t believe it. Germans felt that if the werewolf was reminded of his humanity, he would return to his human shape. To do this, they simply called out the humans’ name three times.

There are a number of cures that involve water. The idea was that water could be molded into other forms. Take water and pour it into a cup and it will take on the form of that cup. The same will happen with a bowl that is round or square. If anything is added to the water, such as a spoon, the water will simply gather around it. So the thought was that if a person could be submerged during their change, the water could either control the change, or prevent it completely. Other ideas for water purification include jumping over a river, keeping one limb in water, submerging only the head, or rolling in the morning dew.  The only requirement is that the water has to be completely natural, no contaminants or treatments.

Probably one of the most gruesome cures is to remove a part of the wolf. This part can take the form of an ear, paw, or tail. Some people suggest the nose as a viable option, though I do not recommend this. There are a handful of legends that support this idea.

If none of these cures work, you could be faced with a willing werewolf or another kind of were-creature all-together. Sadly, in the case of a willing werewolf, you will be forced to take more permanent actions. They will have to be destroyed. If you are faced with another were-creature, there may be other options available. Like I said, this post is for curing the werewolf. While some of these tips may work with another creature, it will be extremely doubtful and dangerous to even try unless you know for certain that they will work.

Go back to All Things Werewolf                                                                 Check out Destroying a Werewolf

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Comments
  1. This reminds me of the old joke about how many psychologists it takes to change a light bulb. One – but only if the light bulb wants to change. My werewolves are born that way and there is no curing them short of death.

    • Cat Reyes says:

      Actually in historical records of werewolfism, very few are actually born that way. Today’s mythology tends to include the ‘born that way’ method. But only the seventh son/daughter of a seventh son/daughter or a child born with the caul over the face was likely to be a werewolf… and typically only after death or significant traumatic event. Typically, werewolf was thought of like vampires or revenants, only possible after the human aspect died. 🙂 I love everything about these myths and tend to read what I get my hands on. I will be doing a post on becoming a werewolf… actually, I accidentally went out of order. After ‘what’ I was supposed to do ‘become’ then do ‘identify’. I skipped ‘become’ on accident. Too much stuff happening to keep things on track, I guess. LOL

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