Benefits of BATH Therapy
Different kinds of bath are one of the major modes of treatment in Naturopathy. Don't think that these baths are as simple as your daily bath.
Hip bath is given at cold, neutral, hot and alternate temperatures in a special Hip Bath Tub. Essentials: Hip bath tub, a moderately coarse cloth, (the size of a hand kerchief)
Water Temperature: Cold 18-24 deg. C.
Duration: 15 minutes, unless otherwise indicated.
Procedure: The tub should be filled with cold water enough to cover the hips and reaching up to the navel of the patient when he sits in it. Generally, four to six gallons of water are necessary. If the patient feels chill or when the climate is very cold or if the patient is very weak, a hot foot bath should be given along with the cold hip bath.
The patient should gently rub the abdomen around the navel in clockwise direction with a coarse cloth. This 'should be continued during the entire period of the bath. It is important that the legs, feet and the upper part of the body should be thoroughly dry and should not get wet during and after the bath. Wear shoes before entering the bath. After the cold hip bath, the patient should undertake moderate exercises like brisk walking, Yogasanas, Surya namaskar etc. If he is very weak, he should lie down in bed covering the body with a blanket.
Uses: A cold hip bath is a routine treatment for almost all diseases. The treatment is meant to relieve constipation, indigestion, and obesity and to help the eliminative organs to function properly. This bath is also helpful in sub involution of the uterus, inflammation of the pelvic organs, piles, hepatic and splenic congestion, urinary incontinence in young children, chronic uterine infections, chronic congestion of the prostate, seminal weakness, atony of bladder in both sexes, impotency, sterility, dilation of the stomach and colon.
Precautions: Avoid in cases of inflammation and neuralgias of pelvic and abdominal organs and in painful contractions of the bladder, rectum or vagina, low back pain and during menstrual period, diarrhea, dysentery and fever.
NEUTRAL HIP BATH
Essentials: Cold compress for the head, besides the tub.
Water temperature: 32-36 deg. C.
Duration: 15 minutes.
Procedure: The patient should drink I or 2 glasses of cold water and sit in the tub, avoiding friction to the abdomen. Cold compress should be kept on the head. After the bath, both cold shower and exercise need to be avoided. Relaxation/rest for 30 minutes is advocated.
Uses: The neutral hip bath is helpful in relieving all acute and sub- acute inflammatory conditions of the bladder and urethra, sub-acute inflammation of the uterus, ovaries and tubes. It helps in relieving neuralgia of the fallopian tubes, testicles, painful spasm of the vagina, pruritus (itching) of the anus and vulva and hyperesthesias (Excessive sensitivity) of the abdominal organs. It is a sedative treatment for Erotomania in both sexes. It is the ideal treatment for Spermatorrhea.
HOT HIP BATH
Essentials: Hip bath tub, I cold compress
Water temperature: 40-45 deg. C.
Duration: 10 minutes.
Procedure: The patient should drink one or two glasses of cold water before the treatment. The bath should be started with water at 40 deg. C and the temperature increased gradually to the required level. The water temperature should be maintained adding either hot or cold water. While undergoing the hot hip bath, the patient should not apply friction to the abdomen. During the treatment a cold compress should be placed over his head. Thereafter, the patient should take a cold water shower for one or two minutes.
Uses: Hot hip bath is used in cases of delayed menstruation, pain in the pelvic organs, painful urination, inflamed rectum or bladder or pain due to piles. It is also useful in cases of enlarged prostate gland, painful contractions or spasm of the bladder, sciatica, neuralgia of the ovaries and bladder, lumbar spondylosis etc. and also helps in relieving painful menstruation, (but should not be avoided during periods).
Contra-indication: It should be avoided in case of recurrent high BP, weakness and fever.
Precautions: Care should be taken to prevent the patient from catching cold after the bath as it causes unpleasant symptoms and spoil the reaction. Terminate the bath if the patient feels giddy or weak or complains of excessive pain.