Monday, 11 April 2016

Hydrotherapy and its healing powers

Water, even though, universally known as being indispensable for survival, has more to it than being a “life line”. Talking about the human body, the elite status earned by this transparent colorless liquid, goes beyond more than 70% contribution it as in building our architecture, hence, mandating its daily sufficient consumption, as prescribed by the doctors. In reality, water, apart from quenching thirst and maintaining our bodies’ homeostatic balance by regulating the temperature, has certain inbuilt natural therapeutic properties, in existence, long before the contemporary medicine was born, leading to heightened interests of both the medical practitioners and the general public alike in this somewhat new medical remedy.

The medicinal value of water originates from its natural ability to soothe, relax and detoxify the body. This forms the basis of hydrotherapy – a form of alternative medicine, in which, water in all forms (water, ice or steam) is used externally or internally for curing diseases and restoring and maintaining health. Thus, we have steam baths, saunas, hot and cold compresses as some of the methods of treatment. Technically speaking, it is actually the water temperature, which lends efficacy to the healing process of hydrotherapy. According to Father Sebastian Kneipp, a 19th century Bavarian monk and the brain behind modern hydrotherapy, hot water eliminates body waste by dilating the blood vessels, and cold water in the form of ice pack rejuvenates health by decreasing inflammation, and alters blood circulation by constricting those superficial blood vessels that restrict blood flow to the internal organs. Likewise, alternating hot and cold treatment can achieve all the above outlined health goals, that can prove very beneficial for heart patients and those suffering from blood pressure related problems.

Hence, from the above discussion it is clear that besides oral consumption, water has abundant external medicinal value that can be optimally leveraged through hydrotherapy.