Health Benefits of Constitutional Hydrotherapy
By altering blood and lymph flow, circulation and detoxification can be enhanced, while inflammation and pain are decreased. Immune system activity, particularly white blood cell count, increases. Improvements in digestive system function, sleep quality, energy level, and stress response are often reported. Cell function improves, which can have a healing effects anywhere in the body.
Medicine has long recognized the the mechanical effects of water temperature on blood flow (e.g. that hot water will relax a tight muscle or that cold water can limit swelling and inflammation.) Constitutional Hydrotherapy uses these basic mechanical effects to influence the quantity of blood flowing through a given tissue, and seeks to improve the quality of circulation. This is accomplished by enhancing blood flow through the organs of elimination (skin, liver, lungs, kidneys, colon) thereby increasing elimination of metabolic wastes.
Because of its ability to detoxify, improve overall nutrition of the individual, and restore immunity, constitutional hydrotherapy may be useful in almost any condition. However it may be particularly useful in the following:
- digestive tract problems (dyspepsia, Crohn’s disease, intestinal permeability (leaky gut), irritable bowel syndrome and ulcerative colitis)
- respiratory problems (chronic asthma, bronchitis, pleurisy)
- infectious disease (colds, flu, autoimmune conditions)
- female reproductive problems (PMS, dysmenorrhea, infertility, pregnancy)
- environmental hypersensitivity
- circulatory problems
The basic procedure is a series of hot and cold compresses applied to the chest, abdomen and back in conjunction with mild sine wave or other mild electrical stimulation to the back and abdomen. The procedure takes approximately one hour. A treatment protocol generally consists of a series of individual treatments, specifically designed for that individual, that are adjusted as necessary, as their healing progresses.