As a way of promoting continual detoxification, relaxation, and immune response in addition to our in-office session we offer instructions on how to receive a contrast hydrotherapy treatment at home. These instructions can be useful when a trip to the office is not possible and a treatment would significantly reduce symptoms of an oncoming cold, painful menses, or even an arthritis flare. Circumstances where a hydrotherapy treatment should not be done would be on persons with acute asthma, acute bladder infections, or low temperature (< 97°F oral).  In chronic conditions, hydrotherapy treatment should only be done under the doctor’s supervision.

“Quickie” Self Hydrotherapy

Take a hot bath or shower for 5 minutes. Get out and dry quickly. Take a thin medium sized towel wrung out in cold water and wrap it around the trunk of the body, from the armpits to the groin. Cover with the sheet and then wool blanket. Leave in place at least 20 minutes, or longer, until the towel is warmed. Dry off with fresh towel moving in the direction of the heart.

For step by step instructions and a visional look at both the at home hydrotherapy and the “quickie” hydrotherapy, click here.

“Magic” or Warming Socks

Historically this hydrotherapy was called “Wet Sock therapy”; well, you can imagine why that name got changed. At some point when I was in naturopathic school in the early 90’s the title morphed into “Warming Socks”. As naturopathic doctors often conveyed the overnight drying of the socks as a magic trick to young children, the name quickly evolved into “Magic Socks”. Kids love it and it actually does work like magic to arrest the onset of mild colds and flus.

When covered (insulated) with wool, damp socks work to draw congestion from the head and work overnight to stimulate systemic circulation. This, in turn, invigorates the immune system and helps fend off acute illness. Finally, the Magic Socks are an effective cure for mild insomnia.

For step by step instructions on how to perform the above therapy, click here.

Castor Oil Packs

castor oil pack is an external application of castor oil to a specific area of the body, most often the abdomen and liver. Castor oil is extracted from the castor plant’s seed-often mistaken as a bean-and has been used as a therapeutic agent for centuries. While the oil from this plant’s seed has been mentioned in texts since ancient Egypt, Naturopathic physicians have used the castor oil pack technique for decades and found that it has tremendous healing benefits, particularly to detoxify the liver and lymphatic circulation.

Castor oil has been found to be so effective in human health, a wide variety of conditions have been recorded as being helped by the therapy. Here is an exhaustive, but still incomplete, list, since the main effects of the packs are to promote elimination and repair gastrointestinal integrity and liver function-critical functions to a wide variety of illnesses.

Indications for the Castor oil pack:

  • Constipation
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Liver & gallbladder disturbances
  • Abscesses
  • Headaches
  • Appendicitis
  • Epilepsy
  • Intestinal obstructions & disorders
  • Hyperactivity
  • Abdominal complaints
  • Muscle strains
  • To improve elimination
  • Inflamed joints
  • Cancer
  • Headaches
  • Inflammatory conditions
  • Muscle pains
  • Skin eruptions & lesions
  • Cystic breast disease
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Abrasions & infections
  • Irritation of the conjunctiva of the eye
  • Nighttime urinary frequency

For mothers and newborns:

  • Promotes healing of the umbilicus in a newborn
  • Increases milk flow in lactating women when applied to the breasts.

For step by step instructions on how to perform the above therapy, click here.

Mustard Plasters

A Mustard Plasters is a classic naturopathic treatment for recalcitrant coughs. It can also help relax the diaphragm in a case of nausea and vomiting. If you do not have access to supportive cough remedies, homeopathics or have a cough that just won’t quit, this old home remedy just might help you over the hump and kick the immune system into gear to overcome it.

For step by step instructions on how to perform the above therapy, click here.

Heating Compress for the Throat

Similar to many hydrotherapy treatments, a heating throat compress is used to promote blood circulation, more specifically white blood cells to stimulate healing. A heating compress involves a cool moist compress that is applied to the region of the throat and heats up by the body’s reaction to the cold. This treatment acts to reflexively increase the circulation and decrease congestion in the throat and head. The throat compress is effective for pain relief and increases the immune response during acute infections. It also has a sedating action and may help promote sleep.

For step by step instructions on how to perform the above therapy, click here.