Its Flu and Cold Time Preventive Water Therapy
Its Flu and Cold Time
Preventive Water Therapy
It’s that time of year when doctors, pharmacists and other health professionals encourage you to have a “flu shot”. That is fine and dandy. But did you know that you can do something very simple to activate or increase your immune system to help you combat an oncoming cold or even the flu? The trick is not to wait until you have a cold or the flu. So here is what you do at the first sign of a cold:
See also – Video of Kneipp healthy living practices.
Got the Flu Already?
Too late for prevention?
To shorten the duration I recommend the following:
- A large pail or garbage can large enough to reach up to the knees and comfortably wide enough for two feet next to each other.
- A pot capable of holding approximately four cups of hot water
- A thermometer
- Timer or clock – set to twenty minutes
- A pair of long warm socks, and also be dressed warmly ready to go to bed
Prepare just ONE pail of water at 39/40 °C (98/99 °F) Place into the bathtub as with the alternate footbath. (see picture below), insert both legs into the warm water up to the knees. Sit close to the hot water tap and have the pot handy. After five minutes fill this pot with hot water and add it carefully to the water in the pail. It may be overflowing but since it stands in the bathtub it does not matter. Slightly lift legs up and down in order to mix the water. Check the temperature. It should be 1 or 2 degrees warmer now. After another 5 minutes add another pot full of hot water, carefully staying away from your legs. Mix water and check the temperature. It should be approximately 42 or 43 °C or 108/109 °F. Wait five minutes and again add four cups of hot water and this time the temperature should be up to 44 °C or 111 °F. Keep your legs in this hot water for another five minutes. If one pot full of hot water is not enough to reach the desired temperature use two. Always move the legs slightly to mix the water.
All this takes twenty minutes and by now you’ll probably start feeling feverish and a bit sweaty. This is what we want. Dry your legs taking care to dry between your toes, put the long socks on and go to bed, no matter what time of day it is. Cuddle yourself under double covers up to the neck and don’t give in when you feel you like kicking back the blankets! Remember, “bugs don’t like heat…”. We have created an artificial fever and you want to sweat this out.
If you don’t fall asleep get up after one hour and have a very quick rub-down with a small towel dipped in COLD water, rung out. Get dressed in your pj’s again and go back to bed. This treatment should only be done ONCE a day. Bed rest is compulsory.
Children Love Cold Water
Children naturally love water. Playing in the bathtub and not wanting to get out, running around in a summer rain, jumping into puddles and squishing the mud between their toes, wading or sitting in play pools and, best of all, building sand castles running back and forth at the ocean and screaming when mom says “It’s time to get out of the wet bathing suit…” Yes, – mom is right. The nerve endings for detecting the “cold” when it’s too cold have not developed in the skin of children yet. They can take the cold water for a long time, even to the point of turning “blue”. It’s probably nature’s way to protect them but it is also detrimental for their health.
Look at this happy picture of grandfather and child. There is nothing better than cold water to cool down on a hot summer day. Running cold water from your toes up your legs (always start on the right foot, it being the farthest spot from the heart) is wonderfully refreshing. Using a garden hose to do this is even better. What happens in the body?
Warm or hot days make you feel lazy. Why? Because your blood pressure sinks and your energy level declines. The cold water on your legs helps to increase the circulation to the upper body by pushing more blood out of the legs, – to put it simply. It clears your head and you can even see better. Try it!