Foot and Arm Baths
Hip BathHip bath is given at cold, neutral, hot and alternate temperatures in a special Hip Bath Tub.
Hot Foot and Arm Bath CombinedBetter results could be obtained by combining Hot foot bath and Arm bath for all types of headaches, broncho–nasal congestions such as asthma, cold, sinusitis and other problems. The duration is 15 minutes. In this bath, the temperature should gradually be increased from 40 to 45°C. The patient should be covered with a shawl or blanket around his trunk. Just as in other hot treatments, the patient should be given cold water to drink before the treatment and the head should be protected with a wet towel. A short cold shower is to be given soon after the treatment.
Hot Foot BathRequisites: A small tub or bucket, cold compress, a blanket.
Water temperature: 40–45°C.
Duration: 15 minutes
Procedure: The patient should drink 1 or 2 glasses of cold water. The head should be protected with a cold compress. The legs, up to the calf, should be immersed in the water and the patient is covered with a blanket (so that heat is not lost). During the period of treatment, the patient may be given water to drink, if he feels thirsty. After the bath, the patient should take a cold shower immediately.
Uses: Hot foot bath is useful to stimulate the involuntary muscles of the uterus, intestines, bladder and other pelvic and abdominal organs. It increases supply of blood to the uterus and ovaries and helps to restore delayed menstruation. This bath relieves sprains and ankle joint pain, headache caused by cerebral congestion and cold due to chilled feet. It is also used in cases of cold, cough and asthma.
Contra–indications: It should be avoided in cases of high blood pressure, weakness, and heart diseases.