There are certainly many advantages to being a werewolf. You’re stronger than anyone, can run faster than anyone, and have immense freedom, being able to go wherever you want, in a relatively short period of time. But, when the legends of werewolves first started, many thought of it as being a curse, and something that needed to be remedied. The sooner the better. Even just a glimpse into the character of Jacob in New Moon and one can see why turning from man to beast might not always be that great. Perhaps Jacob would have benefitted to know some of these ancient remedies for being a werewolf.
One belief in medieval Europe was that surgery or exorcism could cure one of being a werewolf. Unfortunately, many times the patient did not make it through the treatment though and so, was quite counterproductive. A werewolf remedy that can be traced back to Sicilian times is that a werewolf can be cured by hitting it on the head with a metal object or knife. Metal objects are still largely believed to be a huge werewolf remedy, or something that werewolves are vulnerable to, throughout many werewolf legends today. Another Sicilian belief was that a werewolf can be cured by piercing both of his palms with nails.
There are werewolf methods that don’t involve processes quite as painful or aggressive as these. In Germany it was believed that repeating the werewolf’s Christian name three times while in the werewolf’s presence would cure the wolf. There’s also an interesting Danish legend that states that a werewolf can be cured if one was to yell at it.
Some other very common myths of remedying a werewolf situation are to keep the wolf in constant physical activity while in man form. Some think that this exhausts the being so much that it’s simply too exhausted to phase into wolf form. Other theories suggest that if the man just does not phase for a long period of time, the werewolf part of him will simply leave due to neglect and non-use.
But the truth is that if one was a werewolf and found himself phasing one day, he might as well grab onto the fact that there are many advantages to being in the form of a wolf. Because the chances are, that there’s no goin back.