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Water Therapy: 7 Effective Methods For Health Benefits

Chitrangada has a keen interest in alternative therapies. As a parent and teacher, she shares her real-life experiences with readers.

Hydrotherapy: Can it help you?

Hydrotherapy: Can it help you?

Hydrotherapy or "Water Therapy"

Water is the most important component of our physiology. There are many significant properties of water. Three-fourths of the Earth is covered with water, and the same is true for our bodies. About 70% of our body is water.

In ancient times, people used to take baths in the rivers or waterfalls. Water was said to have a magical rejuvenating effect on your brain and body. A commonly recognized form of water therapy today is a hip bath or sitz bath, but of course, there are many types of water therapy in use today.

What Makes Water Therapeutic Aside From Its Hydrating Properties?

  • Natural sources of water such as the river, seawater, waterfalls, hot water Kund or springs, contain various chemicals and minerals that are good for our health.
  • When the water travels through the soil, it combines with elements such as copper, carbon, sulphur, phosphorus, iodine, calcium and many other precious components, which have medicinal value.
  • This combination results in adequate magnetic power and energy, helpful in resolving many ailments.
  • Every Kund or hot water spring contains specific chemicals and minerals that have the ability to alleviate specific diseases.

How Does Water Therapy work?

Water therapy can be performed using a variety of methods. You can drink warm water in a timed matter—this is called Japanese water therapy—or you can soak and immerse the affected body part in warm water as part of treatment for various ailments. This is known as hydrotherapy, and it's what I will focus on today.

Water, in fact, energises the body and helps all the internal organs, such as the liver, kidney, intestines, etc., which are responsible for eliminating toxic or waste materials from our body.

Hot or warm water ensures, smooth flow of blood, it eases pain, reduces internal inflammation, and maintains ideal body temperature.

Essentially, water helps flush accumulated waste out of our system. This helps with overall health and lessens chronic illness. Hot or warm water therapy can be used to treat internal, deep blood accumulation or inflammation. The warm water reduces pain in the muscles or joints, in a wonderful way. It relaxes the stiff muscles and bone joints.

7 Effective Methods of Hydrotherapy

Water can be used for therapy, in solid, liquid and/or gaseous form.

Water therapy can include hot or cold water bath, sponge bath, warming with a hot water bag, cold water or warm water bandage and other methods.

1. Warm Water Bandage

Soak a thick piece of cotton cloth in warm water and after squeezing out the water, apply it to the affected part.

This is best used on the neck, for relief from soreness in the throat, swelling in the tonsils, joint pains in the hands or legs, or on the abdomen if one has poor digestion.

2. Cold Water Bandage

A strip of thick cotton cloth is soaked in cold or iced water. Excess water is squeezed out, and the cloth is spread on the affected area.

This is generally used in cases of high fever, headache, etc.

It is also used in severe stomach pain, as first aid.

3. Soaking Feet in Hot Water

Immerse feet in a hot water bucket so that the water level is up to the knees. The temperature of the water should be bearable. Soak feet for 10 to 15 minutes. Then take out and wipe with a soft towel, which is soaked in cold water. Rub the feet with a dry towel.

This has a wonderful effect on blood circulation. Once your feet are energized it results in positive benefits on the entire body. You feel instantly relaxed mentally as well as physically.

4. Alternate Cold and Warm Bath

This kind of bath is very beneficial for blood circulation, skin-related problems, and aches. One can take this bath for the entire body or some individual affected organs.

Prepare two buckets: one hot and one cold. Maintain the temperature of the hot water bucket by continuously adding hot water if it becomes slightly cold.

Start with warm water, and then alternate to cold water, spending 5 minutes each in both tubs. Continue for half an hour before wiping off with a dry towel.

5. Hip bath or Sitz Bath

This kind of water therapy is useful for remediating stomach-related ailments, diseases related to the pelvic region, organs below the spinal cord, ailments related to male and female reproductive organs, piles, urinary organs, etc.

It is also beneficial in obesity, weak digestive system, worms and many other ailments.

A bucket or tub is filled with warm water, such that your hips are immersed into it. The legs can be kept out. One can sit in it for 15 to 20 minutes, whilst massaging the stomach.

If you have a bathtub at home, you can very easily do this at home.

Once finished, pat dry with a towel.

6. Hot Water Bags

This is again a very common method of treatment with water. Warm (not boiling) water is filled in the hot water bags, and then the cap is closed. Place the hot water bag on the affected area.

This gives relief from the pain in various organs, such as the hands, neck, back, legs or stiff bone joints.

7. Steam Bath

Steam bath is very effective in eliminating toxic materials from our body through the skin by means of perspiration.

Many health clubs have a steam room, where hot vapor is pumped through the hot water pipes.

You can create a steam room at home, too. Take a bucket filled with hot water. Cover yourself with a blanket, hovering over the bucket, so that all the steam is trapped inside the blanket. Once the water is of bearable temperature. Place your feet in it.

After, cover your head with a cold water towel. Drink some warm water too to make this more effective. Remain in this position for 15 minutes, then come out, and take a cold water shower.

This is beneficial for the digestive system, arthritis or bone joint pains, skin-related issues, etc.

A Word of Caution

There are countless other benefits of water that can't be listed here. More often than not we do not try natural resources or holistic reflection for various ailments and instead immediately rush to expensive doctors and medicines. This article is meant to serve as a reminder that sometimes slowing down and supporting our injuries with rest and hydration is what we truly need.

While the potential side effects of water therapy are relatively benign, be sure to talk to your doctor before attempting to resolve an ailment purely with water therapy.

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2021 Chitrangada Sharan

Comments

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on March 09, 2021:

Thank you so much Audrey, for your appreciation of the article.

I am glad that you found this information helpful. I hope and pray that these alternative therapies help to get you some relief. I prefer them, because they are safe.

For diabetics, it’s important to walk everyday, and you are doing the right thing.

Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts. Have a blessed day.

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on March 08, 2021:

Thank you, Chitrangada, for reminding me how important water therapy is. My feet could use a good soaking. Diabetic neuropathy takes a toll, still, I walk every day uphill and downhill. I'm going to increase my water intake too.

Natural medicine/therapies is important to me and I love learning from you about the various minerals and medicinal effects

Important information!

Blessing of good health, peace, and eternal love.

Audrey

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on March 08, 2021:

Thank you MsDora, for reading and appreciating the article.

Happy to know that you found it helpful.

Have a good day. Thank you so much.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on March 08, 2021:

Thank you Tamara, for reading and commenting on this article. Happy to read your positive feedback.

Have a great day.

Tamara Yancosky from Uninhabited Regions on March 07, 2021:

Such a wealth of information! Thank you for this fantastic post, Chitrangada. ♥️

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on March 07, 2021:

Thanks for your helpful article. I appreciate the practical suggestions, especially the weight loss tips.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on March 07, 2021:

Appreciations and best wishes, Manatita. Take care.

manatita44 from london on March 07, 2021:

Thanks Ji. Appreciated.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on March 07, 2021:

Thank you FlourishAnyway, for appreciating the article.

I believe in alternative therapies, for common health issues. Glad that you found this information useful.

Appreciations and good day to you.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on March 07, 2021:

Thank you Linda, for appreciating the article. You are right that water has immense health benefits and is inexpensive too.

Appreciate you for taking the time to read and comment. Thank you so much.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on March 07, 2021:

Thank you Nithya, for taking the time to read and share your thoughts on this article.

You are right that water has immense beneficial properties, and an important natural resource. Thank you for endorsing the article.

Have a wonderful day.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on March 07, 2021:

Thank you EK Jadoon, for reading and commenting on this article. Glad that you liked it. Much appreciated.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on March 06, 2021:

Thank you dear Misbah, for reading and appreciating the article.

Have a blessed day. Thank you so much.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on March 06, 2021:

Thank you Louise, for reading and appreciating the article. Yes, water has many health benefits, and inexpensive too.

Soaking feet in warn water has immense health benefits, as mentioned above. Glad that you believe in this method.

Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Good day to you.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on March 06, 2021:

Thank you Mary, for reading the article. I am happy, that this was a reminder to you. Usually, we don’t realise the importance of easy to try home remedies, for the treatment of common health issues.

Good to read your comments. Hope you are doing well. Thank you and good day.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on March 06, 2021:

Many thanks Peggy, for appreciating the article.

I am glad that you liked these alternative therapies for common ailments.

Yes, these are beneficial and inexpensive methods, known since ancient times.

Thank you for reading and commenting. Have a good day.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on March 06, 2021:

Thank you Bill, for endorsing the article. Yes, these are time tested, simple home remedies, which are beneficial, and act as a first aid.

I am glad that you liked the article. Wish you a good day.

Thank you for always supporting my work.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on March 06, 2021:

Thank you Manatita, for reading the article and sharing your thoughts.

Sorry to know about your painful fingers. It may be due to arthritis or overuse. Although, I am not qualified to advise, but I believe gentle finger movements, one by one, closing and opening of fists, preferably on a stress ball, might help. There are some other tools in physiotherapy, especially meant for fingers. Basically, you have to increase the range of motion, and increase flexibility. And all this should be done, several times in a day.

I believe, painkillers don’t help in such cases. It’s the physiotherapy treatments, done regularly, which really helps. I know some people, who have extremely benefited from taking a Physiothetapist’s advice. Please take a medical opinion and I am sure, you will feel better.

Always wish you the best of health, peace and happiness.

Thank you so much and God bless.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on March 06, 2021:

Thank you Pamela, for sharing your thoughts and always supporting my work with your positive feedback.

Sometimes, we don’t realise the simple things we can do, for healthy living. Drinking the prescribed glasses of water, is one of those things.

Thank you for reading and appreciating the article. Have a good day.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on March 06, 2021:

Hi Heidi!

You have added more value to this article, by your observations and valuable comments. Yes, water and other natural resources must be used judiciously.

Drinking warm water is one of the best immunity boosters, according to Naturopathy. It can prevent us from many ailments.

Always a pleasure to read your insightful comments. Much appreciated.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on March 06, 2021:

Thank you Chrish, for your presence here. Loved to read your comments.

Glad that you liked the article. Much love. Thank you.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on March 06, 2021:

Thank you Umesh Ji, for reading and commenting. Much appreciated.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on March 06, 2021:

Thank you so much Rosina, for appreciating the article. I am glad that you liked it and also believe in water therapy. They are age old, tried and tested methods, effective and inexpensive.

Always a pleasure to read your comments. Thank you for your support.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on March 06, 2021:

Thank you so much Devika, for your kind comments. I am glad that you liked the article and also believe in these alternative therapies.

Many thanks for sharing your thoughts and supporting my work.

FlourishAnyway from USA on March 06, 2021:

These ideas sound relaxing and soothing. Thanks for sharing nonmedicinal ways to address ailments.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on March 06, 2021:

This is an interesting and enjoyable article. Water can be useful for us in so many ways.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on March 06, 2021:

Interesting article about water therapy. I love soaking my feet in hot water, it relieves pain in my legs. I keep myself hydrated by drinking water throughout the day in small quantities. Water is one of nature’s healing resources.

EK Jadoon from Abbottabad Pakistan on March 06, 2021:

That was a nice and informative article. I am water phobic. Whenever I go to a water place, I feel that it will take me in its waves and I would be dead.

Thanks for sharing this article.

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on March 06, 2021:

Very interesting and informative article Chitra di

Thanks for sharing

Blessings

Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on March 06, 2021:

It's amazing what water can do for our bodies. I actually really enjoy soaking my feet in hot water. It's really quite relaxing.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on March 06, 2021:

This is really useful. I have tried one or two of these but I seldom think of it. Thanks for the reminder to use these natural resources we have.

manatita44 from london on March 06, 2021:

A very essential article, as valid as water itself. I need to drink more, I know.

Sometimes I do the hot water and lemon thing in the morning, but I'm not consistent. I'm also using Epsom Salts baths as my fingers are increasingly painful from using the keyboard. Any suggestions helpful.

I went to a Spa in 1980, where I fasted for the first week. Mines was a combination of water and fresh juices only. During the day I had Sitz baths, Ionization therapy, sauna and jacuzzi, yoga exercises and daily enemas. We also had lectures three times a day. very expensive but I had a doctor's letter and got a discount.

Many of your ideas are wonderful and of course exquisitely written.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on March 06, 2021:

Hi Chitrangada,

These methods of water therapy are natural and effective for many conditions. Your article offers good advice. Most of our ancestors would have used these methods as a matter of course.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on March 06, 2021:

Very interesting article, my friend. I have never thought of these methods as therapy but they are, for sure, time-tested therapy we all have used.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on March 06, 2021:

I think this is an excellent article on the benefits of water, Chitrangada. It is a very thorough article that lists things I hadn't thought of before. We sure wouldn't have a world if we didn't have water.

I love to drink water and drink several glasses each day.

Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on March 06, 2021:

Water is so essential! We only have to look at our neighbor planet Mars for proof of that. I'm really anxious to see what the new Perseverance rover will find about the existence of water on Mars.

I drink hot water in the AM. Done it since I was in my teens. I find it really gets my day off to a great start.

Thanks for sharing this! Have a beautiful day!

Chrish Canosa from Manila Philippines on March 06, 2021:

For those who can't go out and plunge their body's into the soothing warmth of hot springs like me, these is overly perfect! Thanks for reminding me Ms Sharan.

I'm sending lots of love!!!

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on March 06, 2021:

Useful and informative.

Rosina S Khan on March 06, 2021:

Yes, effective methods of water therapy exist and they help to cure many ailments. I am familiar with a few of which you mentioned. Thanks for the superb share, Chitrangada.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on March 06, 2021:

I enjoyed reading this hub. Lots of ideas and most useful. Thank you for such a well-explained hub on water therapy.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on March 06, 2021:

I soak my feet often in lavender salt and warm water, it gives me such a relaxed time and I enjoy it. Your simple ideas effective and informative.

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