The use of water is one of the most ancient remedies used for overcoming disease. As early as 400 b.c, Hippocrates, who is considered by modern medical science to be the ‘The father of Medicine’ prescribed hot and cold water as a treatment to help people recover from their ailments.
Natural remedies combined with hydrotherapy are more effective in restoring health than all the drug medication in the world. However keep in mind that the use of water can accomplish but little if it is not combined with the appropriate diet and staying well hydrated by drinking copious amounts of water throughout the day. Disease does not exist without some kind of disturbance in the circulation. The efficacy of herbs is diminished if blood is not circulating properly. Perfect health depends upon perfect circulation. Raising and lowering temperature of the body through hydrotherapy will help break up congestion and facilitate elimination and improve circulation. Cold water stimulates and hot water relaxes. Together, they are like a universal pump that makes blood flow.
It is through the skin that hydrotherapy produces its powerful physiologic actions. the skin is intimately connected to every organ in the body via the nervous system and circulatory system. By changing the skin temperature with water applications that are hot or cold, nerve sensations will stimulate or sedate specific systems or organs. But remember that this is a process that must be done faithfully and continuously to get desired results. Take a hot shower for 3-5 minutes followed immediately by a cold shower for 30 seconds. Alternate between hot shower and cold shower 5 times. Always end with cold shower. Before each shower or bath, dry brush the skin with a stiff brush until the skin is rosy and warmed. Brush stroking towards the heart region. When contrast showers are done properly, it is said that there is a decided increase in the number of blood cells in the peripheral circulation. This increase often amounts to 20-25% in the red blood cells and from 200-300% in the white blood cells. The hemoglobin also shows an increase of 5% or more. Hydrotherapy can increase circulation by 400%
Try this contrast shower for 30days continuously. With hydrotherapy, every treatment extends and builds on the benefits of the previous one. In critical cases hydrotherapy should be done twice a day and focus the treatment on the afflicted body part. Taking a steam bath at home is excellent. in serious sicknesses, have a steam bath daily until you are recovered. Sit on a small stool, covered with a blanket, from the neck to the feet, . Place a basin of boiling water between your feet. Replace the water as it cools with more hot water. Maintain this position for twenty minutes. End with a cold shower for 1-2 minutes. As I said earlier, the key to the success of hydrotherapy is patience and continuity. REMEMBER GOOD HEALTH IS A CONTINUOUS HABIT NOT AN EVENT.