Water is believed to have a therapeutic effect since time immemorial. Due to its tremendous remedial properties, water is considered as an important measure to maintain health and prevent diseases. Water equalizes blood circulations, helps in toning muscles and aids nutrition and digestion. It also helps in removing the damaged cells and toxic matter from the body.
Due to such efficacy of water, traditional Ayurveda has various therapeutic baths as a part of its treatment process.
Hip Baths: The hip bath is the most important part of Hydrotherapy. A hip bath is given by using a special kind of tub which is filled with water just sufficient to cover the hips till the navel. A cold hip bath is used for treating indigestion, obesity and constipation. A hot hip bath takes anywhere between 8 to 10 minutes. The patient is given a glass of cold water and a cold compress is placed on the head. Hot hip baths help in relieving pain in the pelvic regions, painful urination and piles. A neutral hip bath takes anywhere between 20 minutes to one hour. This helps in relieving problems related to urethra, bladder and inflammations of uterus, ovaries and tubes.
Neutral Immersion Baths: An immersion bath is given in a bath tub which has connections for both hot and cold water. Neutral immersion bath takes about 15 minutes to one hour, with the temperature of the bath tub ranging from 26 to 28 degree Celsius. It is used for treatment of skin and kidney related diseases. It is also found beneficial for treating diseases pertaining to brain and spinal cord.
Steam bath: Steam bath is given with the patient made to sit in a seat in a specially designed cabinet. It provides relief from gout, rheumatism, uric acid problems and obesity.