What is Naturopathic Hydrotherapy? It is the application of water in any form, (hot or cold) either externally or internally, in the treatment of disease and maintenance of health.
Hydrotherapy is a cornerstone treatment in Naturopathic Medicine. Infact, it was the first treatment used by the early pioneers in the field of Naturopathy. Sadly, hydrotherapy has much been forgotten today by most practitioners of Holistic Medicine. Hydrotherapy is a simple set of treatments with water that when used can have amazingly positive results for a persons health and vitality.
Check out this trick!
If you have a head cold or flu and you want to improve you condition I suggest trying this classic hydrotherapy trick.
Preparations: In the evening before going to bed, prepare by having a pair of cotton socks and a pair of wool socks. They must be at least 90% cotton and 90% wool, respectively.
Step 1: Soak the foot part of the cotton socks in cold tap water and wring them out thoroughly. Place the socks close to the basin or bathtub used in the next step. Note: If your feet are already warm (e.g., you have already been in bed) you can skip to Step 3.
Step 2: Put your feet into a basin or bathtub of hot water to warm up your feet. Soak them for a few minutes until they are hot and pink.
Step 3: Remove your feet from the hot water and quickly dry them off. Immediately put on the cold wet cotton socks, and then over them, put on the dry wool socks.
Step 4: Go directly to bed and keep the feet covered through the night. The therapy does not work if you or your feet are uncovered, such as when walking around or sitting in a chair uncovered.
Over time your feel will heat up and blood flow will be directed to your feet which will help your immune system and cold tremendously. Note that this treatment works best when combined with other remedies for flu and colds like a honey remedy, increased fluid intake, sleep, and immune-boosting supplements such as garlic, vitamins A, C, D and E, and zinc.
Warning! This trick is not suitable for everyone:
Powerful medicine requires responsible use - I want to impress upon you clearly that hydrotherapy is a powerful medicine and as such must be practiced with care and with the supervision of a trained hydrotherapist. It really must be appropriate for the person’s medical condition. Applied properly hydrotherapy will produce great results, but applied inappropriately to the wrong person can be damaging, if not life threatening. People who have high blood pressure, heart disease or are on heart medication, people with a weak or debilitating condition, acute injuries (within 24 hours), tuberculosis, peripheral vascular disease, Raynauds, diabetic neuropathies, hemophilia, diabetes, pregnancy or have any cancer or malignancies should not do hydrotherapy including this abovementioned sock treatment - infact it can be extremely dangerous, so consult your local naturopathic physician or you western physician to see if hydrotherapy is appropriate for you.
This is not the only trick up my sleeve:
The example above is just one of many hydrotherapy techniques. There are others methods of using water that can address chronic headaches, fatigue, laryngitis, cough, respiratory issues, hemorrhoids, insomnia, and anxiety. I suggest that if you are interested in hydrotherapy that you seek to find a qualified practitioner of hydrotherapy in your area (myself included) or read up on the topic. I truly wish more people knew about hydrotherapy because as hard as it is to believe, water can make a major difference in improving ones health.
Dr. Anders Nerman, ND.
Dr. Anders Nerman, N.D. is a Naturopathic Doctor with an Integrative Family Medical practice in Wolfson Medical Center in Jerusalem, Israel. For more visit www.drnerman.com or call 972-54-427-8667.
Information is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for the advice provided by your physician or other healthcare professional. Always speak with your physician or other healthcare professional before taking any medication or nutritional, herbal or homeopathic supplement, or adopting any treatment for a health problem.