Thursday, August 28, 2008

The Power of Consititutional Hydrotherapy

The body is largely comprised of water – so it makes sense that for thousands of years, water has been used to treat ailments of many varieties. The practice of hydrotherapy was revolutionized in the late 1800s by Dr. Otis G. Carroll, who found that combining hot and cold packs with mild electrical stimulation proved twice as effective in half the time of a traditional treatment. He called this “constitutional hydrotherapy,” a practice that is still as successful today as it was in Dr. Carroll’s time.

Constitutional hydrotherapy is named such because it changes the constitution of the cells, prompting them to rid themselves of waste products and work more effectively, thereby detoxifying the body and bringing it back into its proper balance. Alternate applications of hot and cold improve circulation, boost the body’s white cell count, increase the amount of oxygen in the bloodstream, and promote blood flow to the organs. The electrical current – which isn’t painful, just feels like a slight “buzzing” or tickling sensation – stimulates the muscles. In combination, the water and electricity work very well together, encouraging the body to heal itself naturally.

This type of treatment is useful for chronic conditions such as asthma, autoimmune conditions (fibromyalgia, arthritis, multiple sclerosis, etc.), migraines, even cancer. It can also be used to treat acute conditions: a sinus infection or bronchitis, for example. And if you aren’t ill, it can help keep you that way – since constitutional hydrotherapy helps the body to rid itself of waste and increases the amount of white blood cells, it’s a fantastic means of strengthening the immune system.

Water and electricity may normally be best kept apart, but in the case of constitutional hydrotherapy, they’re a perfect pair.


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