Constitutional Hydrotherapy was developed by Dr O.G. Caroll (1879-1962) one of the busiest health practitioners of any persuasion in the United States in the 1930′s and 40′s. His practice centered around these treatments which he perfected in 1923 and did not change over the next 40 years.
One of the principles of constitutional hydrotherapy is that health (and healing) is proportional to the normal flow of healthy blood. The treatment goal is to normalize the quantity of blood circulating through a given area or tissue to improve the overall quality of blood in the general circulation.
Medicine has long recognized the the mechanical effects of water temperature on blood flow (e.g. that hot water will relax a tight muscle or that cold water can limit swelling and inflammation.) Constitutional hydrotherapy uses these basic mechanical effects to influence the quantity of blood flowing through a given tissue, and seeks to improve the quality of circulation. This is accomplished by enhancing blood flow through the organs of elimination (skin, liver, lungs, kidneys, colon) thereby increasing elimination of metabolic wastes.
The blood is a vehicle conveying life to all cells (oxygen, nutrients, etc), constitutional hydrotherapy manipulates the circulation in order to maximize the benefits of this process for overall health and healing. It enhances the immune response, improves overall nutrition, promotes detoxification and helps restore nervous equilibrium.
The practice and principles of these constitutional hydrotherapy treatments have been preserved and are being practiced at gesund.
The basic procedure is a series of hot and cold compresses applied to the chest, abdomen and back. The procedure takes approximately 45-60 minutes. The treatment protocol generally consists of a series of individual treatments specifically designed for that individual.
Because of its ability to improve overall nutrition of the individual and boost immunity constitutional hydrotherapy may be useful in almost any condition. However it may be particularly useful in the following:
- digestive tract problems (dyspepsia, Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome and ulcerative colitis)
- respiratory problems (chronic asthma, bronchitis, pleurisy)
- infectious disease (colds, flu)
- female reproductive problems (PMS, dysmenorrhea)
- environmental hypersensitivity
- circulatory problems