The benefits of hydrotherapy

Hydrotherapy uses water and temperature such as hot/cold baths, saunas, whirlpools, wraps, colonics, enemas, etc, as a method for healing.  Various forms of water therapy have been used for centuries in the treatment of disease and injury by many cultures including those of ancient Rome, China, and Japan.

How hydrotherapy works for healing

The recuperative and healing properties of hydro-thermal therapy are based on its mechanical and/or thermal effects that work by exploiting the body’s reaction to the hot and cold stimuli. Nerves carry impulses from the skin deep into the body where they are instrumental in stimulating the immune system, influencing the production of stress hormones, and invigorating the circulation and digestive systems, all of which encourages blood flow, and blood flow is what carries oxygen throughout the body.

There is a physiological basis to hydro-thermal therapy with cold water being of the stimulating and invigorating nature to increase internal activity, and hot water  being relaxing which will cause the blood vessels to dilate and help to remove waste from the tissues.

Forms of hydrotherapy:

Contrast hydrotherapy –hot/cold shower therapy is good for anyone with cancer because of the need to increase the circulation of the lymphatic system.  Your lymph nodes are the clean up crew of the body, when they get overloaded they will form blockages and become swollen.  Taking a shower that alternates between very hot and very cold water can work to stimulate this circulation system, decrease inflammation, improve elimination, and bring needed oxygen into the body.

Hot and cold hydrotherapy is performed in the shower by having very hot water on your body for a couple of  minutes and then switching to very cold water for one minute. Then back to hot and again back to cold.

The hot water circulates the red blood cells up toward the surface of your skin, then the cold water draws the red blood cells back down deep into the organs.  The action of going back and forth is what gets the circulation moving. Repeat the hot and cold action for at least three to five cycles, finally ending at a neutral temperature.


Short video on contrast hydrotherapy


hydrotherapyHerbal baths –When you submerge yourself in a bath you experience weightlessness as your body feels relief from the constant pull of gravity. Water will also have a hydrostatic effect. Water, in motion, as in a whirlpool, will stimulate the touch receptors on the skin, boosting blood circulation and releasing tight muscles. Herbs like valerian, lavender, linden, chamomile can be tied into a small cloth and then added into your bath.  Another option is to simmer the herbs on the stove and then add the liquid into your bath water and soak for thirty minutes. Studies show that evening is the best time to soak in warm water as people who took them reported that they slept more readily and deeply.

A Simple Detox Bath- if you have ever had radiation therapy, x-rays, mammograms, CT scans,  or other forms of radiation exposure you would benefit from this therapy. Take a long soak in very warm tub with 3 cups of Epson salts, and 1/2 cup of baking soda to help your body detox from the chemo and radiation. When magnesium sulfate is absorbed through the skin, (such as it would in a bath) it draws toxins out of the body, it also sedates the nervous system, reduces swelling and relaxes muscles. Sipping on a cup of water with 1 tsp of baking soda dissolved in it will also help the body to release radiation exposure (look for aluminum free baking soda for this) as well as alkalize the body.  Do this only on an empty stomach.

Hydrotherapy for the Colon –Coffee enemas are a critical part of the protocols for Gerson Therapy and Dr Nicholas Gonzales.  They help to clean the colon as well as stimulate the liver to release bile and accumulated toxins.   So many of us are over-burdened with toxins, changes in diet and losing weight will also cause the body to release toxins. Enemas will help to ensure that your liver is not overburdened during this elimination process.  They are also said to relieve pain in the area of the liver and gallbladder from cancer-so much so that pain medication can be decreased.   You must use only organic coffee for this therapy and please read up on it fully before attempting at home.

Andreas Moritz~ how to clean out a congested liver with coffee enemas


Additional Resources

How to do a coffee enema

Article on colonics and cancer


PureLife Enema Coffee

Enema Kit / 1.5 Qt. Stainless Steel Enema Bucket/ Silicone/ Used by Gerson Institute


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