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Alternative Medicine for Immune System Strengthening

Hydrotherapy

Hydrotherapy, is the use of water, vapor, ice, steam, and water at hot and cold temperatures to maintain and restore health.

The skin is the largest detoxifying organ of the body. It also stores specific antibacterial forces built up by water, air and light stimulation.

Water therapies can be used to train the skin to more efficiently regulate warmth and circulation of the body. It can stimulate the immune system, help increase the body's white blood cell count, aid the body in purging itself of accumulated toxins, and produce a state of general relaxation essential to the healing process.

Cold-water stepping, dew walking, dry brushing and lymph drainage are all useful in stimulating the skin.

Take a cold bath or shower daily for a few seconds to improve the circulation and immune system. Regular swimming in cold water is excellent.

Hot or cold water administered externally or internally can be effective in treating conditions ranging from stress and pain to the many toxins, parasites, bacteria, and viruses that can cause disease.

Compresses and packs stimulate the immune system and help increase the body's white blood cell count.

Self-Applied Hyperthermia

This treatment enhances immune function, and encourages elimination of toxic material from the body.

As a Complementary therapy, it is useful in the treatment of the upper respiratory infections that are a common complication of many different types of cancer including advanced cases of lung cancer. It is also useful in helping to eliminate toxic material from the body by encouraging sweating.

Materials required

A hot tub or deep bath with water at 103- 104 F
A basin of ice water
Terry cloth towel
Pure drinking water.

Procedure

Immerse your body in hot water (103-104 F) for up to 60 minutes at a time. Maintain this bath temperature for the entire time. Apply a cold compress to the head early in the treatment and maintain it throughout to prevent a headache. Check oral temperature every 10-15 minutes. If it exceeds 104 F, cool the bath and apply more cold to the head. Following the treatment, rinse in a cool shower with glycerin soap and KDF (charcoal) showerhead-filtered water, then wrap up and stay warm.

Precautions

Take the following precautions when using hyperthermia treatment.

1) If you suffer from any of the following, consult your physician before doing this treatment:

High or low blood pressure

Serious illness

Diabetes mellitus

Multiple or muscular sclerosis

Do not use this treatment if you are or may be pregnant.

2) Watch for signs of hyperventilation. The symptoms of hyperventilation include numbness and tingling in the lips, hands, or feet. 

If hyperventilation occurs:

Reduce the bath temperature

Breathe from the abdomen, not the chest 

or

Breathe into a paper bag until the tingling passes.

3) Hotter water can generally be tolerated for short periods, but it may cause the body temperature to go up too quickly. If this occurs, terminate the treatment immediately.

4) Stand slowly after finishing the treatment. Be especially careful during the cool rinse in the shower so as not to faint.

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