Is laughter the best medicine?

My response to the Daily Prompt titled Laughter.

They say laughter is the best medicine. My question is, the best medicine for what?

Different illnesses require different medicine. I don’t see how laughter would help with the issues of broken ribs. A collapsed lung. An asthma attack. Cardiac arrest. A broken leg. A rash. A cut. Herpes. The list goes on really.

So what is laughter the best medicine for? Simple painkillers seem like they would help with more of those issues than laughter.

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