Water temperature: Cold 18–24°C.
Duration: 2–10 minutes.
Procedure: In the hip bath tub, the stool specially made for this bath is placed. The tub is filled with cold water leaving the top of the stool dry. The patient then sits on the stool, keeping the legs outside. In case of a female patient, she dips a soft linen cloth in the water and gently washes the genitals from top, downwards. It is important that the external lips only be washed and inner parts of the sexual organs remained unwashed and untouched.
In case of males, the extreme edge of the foreskin of the genitals is washed in cold water. The patient should hold the foreskin between his middle and forefinger of the left hand and draw as far as possible over tip of the glans penis till the skin touches the water level in the tub. He should then gently wash the extreme end of the foreskin with a soft cloth. Under no circumstances should the cloth in the right hand touch the glans penis.
Soon after the bath, care should be taken to restore the warmth of the body by undertaking moderate exercise.
Uses: This treatment stimulates the nervous system, since the genitals are known as an important center of the central nervous system. In subnormal temperatures, it produces necessary heat in the body. Morbid internal heat in the body is diminished and, at the same time, a marked invigoration of the nervous system with increased vitality could be achieved by this application.
Neutral Hip BathRequisites: Cold compress for the head, besides the tub.
Water temperature: 32–36°C.
Duration: 15 minutes.
Procedure: The patient should drink 1 or 2 glasses of cold water and sit in the tub, avoiding friction to the abdomen. Cold compress should be kept on the head. After the bath, both cold shower and exercise are to be avoided. Relaxation/rest for 30 minutes is advocated.
Uses: The neutral hip bath is helpful in relieving all acute and sub–acute inflammatory conditions of the bladder and urethra, sub–acute inflammation of the uterus, ovaries and tubes. It helps in relieving neuralgia of the fallopian tubes, testicles, painful spasm of the vagina, pruritus (itching) of the anus and vulva and hyperesthesias (excessive sensitivity) of the abdominal organs. It is a sedative treatment for erotomania in both sexes. It is the ideal treatment for spermatorrhea.