Heating compress (Warming Socks )

The heating compress is an application of a cold compress to an area that is initially cooled by the water and then warmed by the influx of blood to the area. It is an effective therapy for sore throat, cold, flu, and sinus congestion when it is administered to the throat or feet. When the feet are treated, it is also known as warming socks or a wet socks treatment. Learn More about Warming Socks.

Hot Foot Bath

A hot foot bath is the immersion of both feet and ankles in hot water for 10–30 minutes. It is an excellent way to draw blood from inflamed or congested areas of the body. Indications for use are foot and leg cramps, sore throat, cold, flu, nausea, insomnia, and chest or pelvic congestion. Learn More about Hot Foot Bath.

Sitz Bath

A sitz bath is a bath in just enough water to cover the buttocks, upper thighs and lower abdomen. It is more labor intensive than other hydrotherapy treatments, but it powerfully affects the pelvic and abdominal organs.

A hot sitz bath is recommended for uterine cramps, spasms, ovarian or prostate pain, prostate infections, hemorrhoids, colic, insomnia, and sciatica. A short cold sitz bath is good for inflammation, constipation, vaginal discharge, benign prostate hypertrophy, and impotence. Alternating hot and cold is used for relieving pelvic congestion, constipation, prostatitis, hemorrhoids, pelvic inflammatory disease, chronic urinary tract infections, and vaginal infections. Neutral baths are used for acute bladder infection, pruritis ani (intense itching in the anal area), and mental overstimulation. Learn More about Sitz Bath.

Castor Oil Pack

Castor oil has been used therapeutically for hundreds of years, both internally and externally. Castor oil applied topically has many beneficial effects and can be used for almost any malady. The castor oil pack is a simple procedure, yet it can produce wonderful results. Physiological effects of the castor oil pack include, but are not limited to: stimulating the liver, increasing eliminations, relieving pain, increasing lymphatic circulation, improving gastrointestinal function, increasing relaxation, and reducing inflammation. Learn More about Castor Oil Pack.

Constitutional Hydrotherapy

The constitutional hydro is a series of hot and cold towels applied to the chest and back. This treatment is more involved than other hydrotherapy treatments but is very effective for almost every condition. Naturopathic physicians use this method for promoting overall health and immune system strength. If this treatment is performed in a physician's office, a sine wave (electrical stimulation) may be used to enhance the treatment. Learn More about Constitutional Hydrotherapy.

Publication Review By: Stanley J. Swierzewski, III, M.D.

Published: 01 Jan 2001

Last Modified: 22 Sep 2015