The less-known health benefits of water

We are all aware of the immense health benefits of the water and the wonders it can do for our skin. But, only a few are aware of the fact that water is an effective pain reliever too, when treated externally on our body. Water cure helps in equalisation of body heat and helps in temporary improvement of vitality.

Cold Spinal Bath: The cold spinal bath is excellent for nervous system, improves blood circulation and relieves irritation, hypertension and fatigue. It has been beneficial in treating several nervous disorders including hysteria, mental disorder, fits, and loss of memory.

Method: This can be done by lying down in a specially designed tub with back raised and feet outside position so as offer good support to the head. The water level in the tub should be an inch and a half to two inches, and the patient should lie in that position for 15 to 45 minutes. Complete it with a head bath.

Hip Bath: Helps in stimulating liver, intestines, stomach, spleen, kidneys and other digestive organs, and in maintaining their efficiency.

Method: This is done by sitting in a bath tub in lukewarm water. The level of water should be such that it touches the naval when you sit. The position should be such that only abdomen and part of the thighs should touch the water. The abdominal area can be massaged using a towel. Continue for 10 to 20 minutes.

Abdominal Wet Pack: Soothes the nerves and alleviates pain. It brings out the latent heat in any part of the body, and helps in cases of chronic constipation and loose motions.

Method: This is done by wrapping a broad bandage of soft and thick wet cloth around the abdomen. Else, cover a coarse woollen wrapper so that the pack can get warm with internal heat. The bandage can be removed within 30 to 45 minutes.

Head Pack: The wet pack can be applied on the forehead and lie down in a calm and dark room for half an hour. This serves as natural remedy for headaches

Eye Pack: Place grated cucumber over a thin piece of clean wet cloth and place it over the eyes for 15 minutes to cure sore eyes.

For pain relief: Pour cold water gently over a bandage or cloth tied on any painful part of the body, for temporary relief.

Gargling: Gargling with cold water for 2 minutes until the water in the mouth turns warm, helps in curing toothache, sore mouth, swollen gums, or any such inflammation in the mouth. In cases of sprains, wounds or burns, cold or stimulating wet bandages may be applied to affected area.

Apart from such manifold health benefits of water, recent researches have included other additions to the list including improving alertness and maintaining blood pressure within normal range.

The researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center have carried out a study, which indicated that drinking water improves activity of nervous system. It improves alertness, blood pressure and energy expenditure.

Water is also the best drink available to increase alertness for over-night studies, preventing incidents of fainting after blood donation, and for promoting weight loss.