Hydrotherapy is of special importance in accelerating the process of healing and providing relief to the patient from the painful symptoms of the disorders. Water is an integral of our life processes. Actually water makes up 70 per cent of the human body.
There are several widely accepted methods of hydro-therapeutic treatment, chiefly among which are enema, hip-bath, steam bath, the full sheet pack, local wet packs, hot foot bath, spinal bath, localized fomentation by steam, etc.
Let us consider the two common uses of water. These are drinking and bathing.
Every one drink water at least 5 to 6 glasses of water in a day. Best results are obtained if water is taken on an empty stomach just after getting up and cleaning the teeth, half an hour before each meal, and two hours after each meal. In addition, of course, water can be taken as required when needed. The temperature of the water should preferably be neither too high nor too low.
A glass of water with a little lemon juice, taken early in the morning on an empty stomach, is highly beneficial. Magnetized water would be even better. It must also be remembered that drinking water in quantities smaller than those indicated above leads to constipation, and has an adverse effect on the functioning of the kidneys.
Bathing has a unique importance in our daily life. A bath washes away the dirt adhering to the body, the skin is rendered clean and glowing, and its pores are opened up, thus facilitating the elimination of the poisons in the body through perspiration. The friction on the body caused by bathing and by drying the body stimulates circulation, and imparts a blissful feeling of freshness. A good scrubbing relieves fatigue. People who perspire too freely should bathe twice a day.
Everyone should form a habit of using cold or lukewarm water for bathing. A hot water baths would be pleasant at the time of bathing, but is likely to generate a feeling of lassitude later, whereas a cold-water bath is stimulating.
Disclaimer: This article is not meant to provide health advice and is for general information only. Always seek the insights of a qualified health professional before embarking on any health program.