Cold Compress and Heating Compress – Methods and Benefits

Water is an essential part of your life. It is an important therapeutic aid since time immemorial. In Ayurveda, water has given importance not only for drinking, cleaning, growing of herbs, plants and foods but also for bathing to cleanse your body. It is also used in the treatment of the several diseases.

Water is necessary for your circulation, to tone up muscles, and aids in digestion, assimilation and also nutrition. It helps in excretion of waste and toxic products of your body. In this article you will learn the following procedures of water treatment.

Cold Compress

In cold compress, a piece of cloth is dipped in either cold or ice water and applied on the head, neck, chest, back and abdomen. This water treatment is useful in controlling the inflammation of abdominal organs as liver, spleen, kidney, stomach, intestines and brain and pelvic organs as bladder, uterus. It is also applied externally to the eyes to reduce the inflammation.

Heating Compress

It is a cold compress, which brings warmth to the body. It is nothing but three or four folds of cloth wrung out in cold water, which is covered completely either with blanket or dry flannel to prevent air and increase body heat. It is applied for few hours to several hours. It depends on the nature of thickness of the covering and the temperature of water. After removing the compress, the area must be rubbed with a wet cloth and then dried with a dry towel.

Heating compress must be applied to the abdomen, joints, chest, and abdomen. An abdominal compress relieves gastritis, hyperacidity, jaundice, indigestion, constipation, diarrhea, dysentery. A throat compress will heal the sore throat. The chest compress will relieves cold, bronchitis, pleurisy, pneumonia, fever and cough. The compression of joints will relieve rheumatic fever, rheumatism, inflamed joints and sprains.

Disclaimer: This article is not meant to provide health advice and is for general information only. Always seek the insights of a qualified health professional before embarking on any health program.

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