With the Corona virus waning and flu season upon us, specialized treatments that improve the immune system are increasingly vital to the prospect of returning to a normal flow of life. This staple of naturopathic medicine has roots in the earliest forms of medicine from Hippocrates to the great Roman baths.
So what is hydrotherapy and why is it so great? First, let’s be clear that we are not talking about colon hydrotherapy or “colonics,” which uses water to wash the lower gastrointestinal tract.
“Constitutional hydrotherapy” is a relaxing whole-body treatment using water as a medium for applying alternating temperatures to the body. The duration and temperature of each application are carefully chosen for your personal needs during a 45-minute session. The goal is to increase circulation and pump your own immune cells back and forth from the skin to the internal organs.
Electrical stimulation or low-level light therapy can further individualize your treatment depending on your needs. Hydrotherapy can help speed healing from ailments such as:
- Acute infection
- Chronic illness
- Fevers and chills
- Respiratory issues
- Mood dysregulation
- Swellings or skin lesions
The tools are humble, the treatment is gentle, but the effects can be gigantic. Our naturopathic forefathers explained, “Health, and therefore healing, is proportional to the normal flow of healthy blood” Improved circulation to organs makes them function better. For example, the lungs can breathe more clearly; the liver can metabolize toxins more quickly, and improved lymph circulation carries your immune cells to infection and ushers away the germs. All you have to do is lie still.
It worked for the Roman elite. It saved lives when TB ravished the continents. Constitutional Hydrotherapy remains unchanged and just as effective today. Just ask my son! As a teenager preparing for a wrestling match while feeling a bit under the weather, he agreed to one treatment. The next day he felt so much better, beyond 100%, that he still enthusiastically vouches for constitutional hydrotherapy as an adult. Try it! You’ll feel great when you’re done, and you just might ward off the next germ.
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