(Last Updated on : 10-03-2017)
Bath Therapy is a valuable therapeutic agent since time immemorial. In all major ancient civilisations, bathing was considered an important measure for the maintenance of health and prevention of disease.
Water has been regarded as an important remedial agent to several diseases such as diarrhoea
, ulcerative colitis
, jaundice, constipation
, and other such ailments. Water exerts valuable effects on the human system. It equalises circulation, boosts muscular tone and helps in digestion and nutrition
. Muscles are highly responsive to magnesium as they contract based on mineral salts
. Soaking in a hot tub of water is always comforting. The combination of the salts and hot water induce a relaxation response and improve the circulation in sore and tired muscles. Additionally, hot water induces sweat, enabling the skin to release toxins.
Types of Bath Therapy
There are several types of Bath therapy which helps in curing gastritis
, hyperacidity, indigestion
, jaundice, constipation, diarrhoea, dysentery
, fever, cough
and so on. The various types of bath therapy are Enema, Cold Compress, heating compress, hip bath
, spinal bath, full wet sheet pack, cold foot bath, steam bath, immersion bath and Epsom salt bath.
Methods of Bath Therapy
Bath therapies are an effective method of cure to several ailments. There are certain methods, duration and process which are to be followed in each therapy.
Clean and pure water must be used for baths and water once used should not be used again.
While taking baths, temperature and duration should be strictly observed to obtain the desired effects.
A thermometer should always be used to measure the temperature of the body.
There are also certain precautions which are necessary while taking these therapeutic baths. Full baths should be avoided within 3 hours after a meal and 1 hour before it. Local baths like the hip bath and foot bath may, however, be taken 2 hours after a meal.
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