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PHOTO ESSAY: Sea Heals Peruvians

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| May 27 , 2015 , 16:04 IST
Peru 700 The sea is the pharmacy of humanity, it has minerals that help cure many diseases. Along with this, people like to head to the beach for recreational purposes. In Peru, people flock to the nearest beach in droves, often for therapeutic use. A peek into the Peruvian medicinal lifestyle: [caption id="attachment_43432" align="aligncenter" width="700"]In this May 8, 2015 photo, friends help Gisela Sanchez who suffers rheumatoid arthritis walk in the water off Fishermen's Beach in Lima, Peru. “The sand calms the inflammation in my joints and the sea gives me tranquility,” said Sanchez, who traveled here from Patapo, a village at the foot of the Andes mountains about 700 kilometers (1,690 miles) north of Lima. Sanchez, 25, says she hasn't been able to walk on her own for the past four years, and that she's hoping the sea will help her walk again. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd) In this May 8, 2015 photo, friends help Gisela Sanchez who suffers rheumatoid arthritis walk in the water off Fishermen's Beach in Lima, Peru. “The sand calms the inflammation in my joints and the sea gives me tranquility,” said Sanchez, who traveled here from Patapo, a village at the foot of the Andes mountains about 700 kilometers (1,690 miles) north of Lima. Sanchez, 25, says she hasn't been able to walk on her own for the past four years, and that she's hoping the sea will help her walk again. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_43433" align="aligncenter" width="700"]In this April 9, 2015 photo, a therapy group who have become friends pray on Fishermen's Beach before taking a therapeutic swim in the Pacific Ocean in Lima, Peru. "The sea is the pharmacy of humanity," said natural therapy promoter Jose Cusquisiban, who organizes therapy groups. "It has many minerals, vitamins."  (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd) In this April 9, 2015 photo, a therapy group who have become friends pray on Fishermen's Beach before taking a therapeutic swim in the Pacific Ocean in Lima, Peru. "The sea is the pharmacy of humanity," said natural therapy promoter Jose Cusquisiban, who organizes therapy groups. "It has many minerals, vitamins." (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_43435" align="aligncenter" width="700"]In this May 14, 2015 photo, Berto Nestaris covers his body with sand on Fishermen's Beach in Lima, Peru. Berto, a 55-year-old sociologist, said therapeutic massages using sea sand helps his circulation and nervous system. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd) In this May 14, 2015 photo, Berto Nestaris covers his body with sand on Fishermen's Beach in Lima, Peru. Berto, a 55-year-old sociologist, said therapeutic massages using sea sand helps his circulation and nervous system. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_43437" align="aligncenter" width="700"]In this May 8, 2015 photo, people smile during a laugh therapy session on Fishermen's Beach in Lima, Peru. Natural therapy promoter Jose Cusquisiban organizes therapy groups and has his patients jog barefoot on the beach sand. “Then we make a harmonious circle of prayer, afterward we sing, we practice laugh therapy, we hug and finally we enter the sea and teach those who don’t know how to swim,” Cusquisiban said. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd) In this May 8, 2015 photo, people smile during a laugh therapy session on Fishermen's Beach in Lima, Peru. Natural therapy promoter Jose Cusquisiban organizes therapy groups and has his patients jog barefoot on the beach sand. “Then we make a harmonious circle of prayer, afterward we sing, we practice laugh therapy, we hug and finally we enter the sea and teach those who don’t know how to swim,” Cusquisiban said. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_43438" align="aligncenter" width="700"]In this April 25, 2015 photo, chiropractor Felix Retamoso treats a patient on Fishermen's Beach in Lima, Peru. Felix charges 30 peruvian Soles, around 10 US Dollars, for each session on the beach. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd) In this April 25, 2015 photo, chiropractor Felix Retamoso treats a patient on Fishermen's Beach in Lima, Peru. Felix charges 30 peruvian Soles, around 10 US Dollars, for each session on the beach. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_43439" align="aligncenter" width="700"]In this May 15, 2015 photo, chiropractor Felix Retamoso treats Virginia Espinoza's lower back pain on Fishermen's Beach, where she took a therapeutic swim in the Pacific Ocean in Lima, Peru. "He's not only cheaper, but we're outdoors in direct contact with nature," said the 67-year-old. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd) In this May 15, 2015 photo, chiropractor Felix Retamoso treats Virginia Espinoza's lower back pain on Fishermen's Beach, where she took a therapeutic swim in the Pacific Ocean in Lima, Peru. "He's not only cheaper, but we're outdoors in direct contact with nature," said the 67-year-old. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_43440" align="aligncenter" width="700"]In this April 25, 2015 photo, Victor Villanueva rests in the sand on Fishermen's Beach during his therapeutic session of "sand therapy" on the coast of the Pacific Ocean in Lima, Peru. Villanueva is one of many along Lima's coast practicing thalassotherapy, in search of relief from the ailments doctors have been unable to cure. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd) In this April 25, 2015 photo, Victor Villanueva rests in the sand on Fishermen's Beach during his therapeutic session of "sand therapy" on the coast of the Pacific Ocean in Lima, Peru. Villanueva is one of many along Lima's coast practicing thalassotherapy, in search of relief from the ailments doctors have been unable to cure. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_43441" align="aligncenter" width="700"]In this May 7, 2015 photo, Graciela Meneses poses for a picture on Fishermen's Beach, holding her self-made float, decorated with fake, plastic plants, after swimming in the Pacific Ocean in Lima, Peru. Graciela, 67, says she lost 39 kilograms (85 pounds) by exercising in the sea. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd) In this May 7, 2015 photo, Graciela Meneses poses for a picture on Fishermen's Beach, holding her self-made float, decorated with fake, plastic plants, after swimming in the Pacific Ocean in Lima, Peru. Graciela, 67, says she lost 39 kilograms (85 pounds) by exercising in the sea. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_43442" align="aligncenter" width="700"]In this April 25, 2015 photo, a man reads the paper next to a wall decorated with a sun and the Spanish word "Health" on Fishermen's Beach, where bathers come for therapeutic swimming in Lima, Peru. Some hug each other and go in as a group, jumping, laughing and running along the shore. Others bathe silently by themselves in the calm, gray sea water. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd) In this April 25, 2015 photo, a man reads the paper next to a wall decorated with a sun and the Spanish word "Health" on Fishermen's Beach, where bathers come for therapeutic swimming in Lima, Peru. Some hug each other and go in as a group, jumping, laughing and running along the shore. Others bathe silently by themselves in the calm, gray sea water. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)[/caption]