Hot and Cold Water Immersion
Hot and Cold Water Immersion is a method used primarily to stimulate
bloodflow to extremeties, like the hands, legs, feet, etc. There are many
reports of people with affected limbs from diabetes, gangrene, and other
maladies being saved using only this method. It is also valuable to fight
lymph node swelling, edema of the limbs, and other circulation disorders.
It generally produces a noticeable improvement in hours if not immediately.
The method is to immerse a limb or other body part in water as hot as is
comfortable. Leave for 3 minutes. Add
more hot water as tolerance to the high heat increases. Remove limb and immerse in
very cold water, preferably in the 32-40 degree F range, for 30
seconds. Repeat hot/cold immersion two more times and end
with three minutes in hot water. Massage after and/or during immersion.
For whole body use, this is not practical. Just
taking hot baths, preferably with water jets, works well
enough. Using epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) in the
makes it more effective and can greatly assist therapy for
some even serious disorders. Other additions can
include baking soda or sea salt. If this is an ongoing
therapy, try all three to see which works best.
If it is not practical to use hot and cold water on the
area, much of the same benefit can be had from using a
heating pad and an ice pack instead of the hot and cold