Hydrotherapy (hydro = water) is the application of water for therapeutic purposes. Water may be applied cold, warm, hot, as steam and internally or externally.

Drinking Water: It is well known that most people do not drink enough water. Substances like alcohol and coffee lead to dehydration. Dehydration may lead to constipation and blocks the removal of toxins from the liver, kidneys, lungs, and other toxins which may worsen conditions like arthritis and diabetes. Drinking plenty of water is also important for fevers or when taking certain medication.

External application of Cold Water: Cold showers fight drowsiness, itching and inflammations. Cold showers also tonify the blood vessels of the skin by flexing their "muscles" (contraction and expansion).

External application of Hot Water: Hot water applications may include sitz baths, full baths, saunas, sweat lodges, hot showers and medicated hot water applications. Heat opens the pores in the skin and releases toxins which assists the body in fighting a variety of diseases and brings relief to overburdened kidneys and livers. It also flushes out accumulations of fat. Since sweating can also lead to dehydration it is important to drink lots of fresh, clean water.

Caution: A hot bath should not be extended over a certain period of time (15 to 20 minutes; check with your doctor!). Caution must also be taken in saunas, sweat lodges and with other heat treatments. Severe harm, even deaths, have resulted from people pushing their bodies past reasonable limits.

Conditions that have responded well to treatment with Hydrotherapy include:
  · Anxiety
  · Arthritis
  · Asthma
  · Back problems
  · Bronchitis
· Colds
· Colic
· Constipation
· Convalescence
· Depression
· Fatigue
· Headaches
· Hypotension
· Indigestion
· Infections
· Insomnia
· Motion sickness
· Muscle strain
· Nausea
· Nose problems
· Pain
· Poor circulation
· Rheumatism
· Sinusitis
· Varicose Veins

Proof of Effectiveness / Clinical Studies: Studies have found Hydrotherapy to be an effective treatment for conditions like: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Anal Fissures, and Varicose Veins.

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