Below is a list of 13 well-known segulos for Health and a Long Life. Where possible the source(s) for each segula are included:
Segulos for Health and a Long Life
- Reciting the brocha Asher Yatzar with great concentration is a well-known and tested segula to be healed (Rabbi Meir of Premishlan).
- Reciting Tehillim with emuna and bitachon is a very great segula to be healed (Yalkut Me’am Lo’ez, Tehillim, Section 2).
- According to Chazal, saying chapters 6, 30, and 142 of Tehillim after the daily tefilla is a segula for healing.
- Before taking any medicine one should say, “May it be for a refuah sheleimah by the zechus of Avrohom, Yitzchok, Yaakov, Sorah, Rivka, Rochel, and Leah.” He should have the kavanna that refuah comes only from Hashem and that he is taking the medicine solely to fulfill his obligation to do hishtadlus.
- Someone who is ill should recite the tefilla that Chizkiyohu Hamelech davened when he was sick, since he was eventually cured (Melochim II 20). In this way he will be both healed and saved from all harsh Divine judgments. (Taamei HaMinhagim pg. 319)
- Giving tzedakah, hachnasas orchim, and helping other Jews in need are all segulahs for a refuah shaleima. (Igros Kodesh, Vol. III, p. 359)
- Supporting a Torah student creates a vessel for to receive Hashem’s brocha for healing. (Igros Kodesh, Vol. V, p. 225)
- When parents strengthen their observance of the laws of family purity it is a segula fo their children’s health and healing. (Igros Kodesh, Vol. XVI, p. 357)
- One who has an ill person in his household should go to a chacham and ask him to intercede for mercy on behalf of the ill person (Bava Basra 116a). However, though one can go to a wise and holy person to ask him to pray on his behalf for healing he must remember to ultimately place his trust in Hashem, who is Rofeh Cholim.
- Distributing “chai rotl” (or 54 liters of drink) to the to the celebrants on Lag B’Omer in Meron is a segula for a refuah shaleima. (Ta’amei ha-Minhagim)
- Saying Shir HaShirim for forty consecutive days is a segulah for refuah.
- One should pray for forty consecutive days at the Kosel. People who live far from the Kosel can do this through a shaliach, by requesting that someone who lives nearby pray for them. (Tzaddik Yesod Olom II, pg. 39)
- The mitzvah of shaluach hakain is a segula for a long life:
If a bird’s nest chances before you on the road, on any tree, or on the ground, and [it contains] fledglings or eggs, if the mother is sitting upon the fledglings or upon the eggs, you shall not take the mother upon the young. You shall send away the mother, and [then] you may take the young for yourself, in order that it should be good for you, and you should lengthen your days. (Devarim 22:6,7)