Therapeutic BathsWater has been used as a valuable therapeutic agent since time immemorial. In all majorancient civilizations, bathing was considered an important measure for the maintenance ofhealth and prevention of disease. It was also valued for its remedial properties. The ancientVedic literature in India contains numerous references to the efficacy of water in the treatment ofdisease.In modern times, the therapeutic value of water was popularised by Vincent Priessnitz, FatherSebastian Kneipp, Louis Kuhne and other European water-cure pioneers. They raised watercure to an institutional level and employed it successfully for the treatment of almost everyknown disease. There are numerous spas and “Bads” in most European countries wheretherapeutic baths are used as a major healing agent.Water exerts beneficial effects on the human system. It equalises circulation, boosts musculartone and aids digestion and nutrition. It also tones up the activity of perspiratory gland and in theprocess eliminates the damaged cells and toxic matter from the system.The common water temperature chart is : cold 100C to 180C, neutral 320C to 360C and hot 400Cto 450C. Above 450C, water loses its therapeutic value and is destructive.The main methods of water treatment which can be employed in the healing of various diseasesin a do-it-yourself manner are described below.
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