There are several curative hydrotherapeutic treatments and the two common among them are steam bath and full wet sheet pack. In this article you will learn the methods and benefits of steam bath and full wet sheet pack. Both the hydrotherapeutic treatments have several health benefits and act as a natural healing process for many diseases.
Stream baths can be done in several ways. It can be done by either making the patient to lie down on a wooden plank which is fitted with pores to pass stream to the body. He is made to drink the cold water and protect his head with cold cloth. His head is usually outside the cabin. This treatment is done till he gets perspiration on his body. He is advised cold shower bath after the stream bath.
Stream baths help to remove the toxins and morbid material from the body especially from the skin. It increases circulation of blood in the skin and stimulates the nervous system. It is beneficial in chronic rheumatism, gout, and obesity. It also relieves chronic nephritis, tetanus, migraine and infections.
This is not to be given to cardiac patients, pregnant women, weak and debilitated patients, high blood pressure. If the patient gets giddiness, he should be removed from the cabin and allow him to drink water and wash his face with cold water.
Full Wet Sheet Pack
In full wet sheet pack, the patient’s body is wrapped with a cold sheet and then wrapped in a dry blanket in order to regulate heat. The sheet must be properly fixed to the body. The head is covered with a wet cloth. The feet are kept warm during the treatment with hot water bottles, if the feet are cold. He is given cold or hot water to drink during the treatment. This is done till he gets perspiration. This treatment must be done three hours before meals especially for entire body.
Full wet sheet pack is useful in fever-typhoid and continued fevers; and it relieves sleeplessness, chronic cold and bronchitis and it also relieves obesity and rheumatism.
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