Naturopathy is the system of treatment based on the theory of Panch Mahabhutas (five basic elements), i.e. our body is made up of five basic elements and also run by them. They are: earth, water, fire, air and sky. The right proportion these elements are required for the proper maintenance of the body and mind. When there is imbalance, it appears as diseases in us. Based on the use of these five elements, copious therapies are there to deal with the ailments. One of them is water therapy which is also known as hydrotherapy.
Even hydrotherapy involves multifarious treatments using water. Here all the three states of water are used for curing diseases. Of them cold friction is one of the best treatment especially for hypertension and fever without rigors.
A hot water bag, a glove made of turkish cloth, a blanket and a bucket of cold water.
18-23 degree centigrade
The patient is made to lie down on his abdomen on the bed with a hot water bag at his feet. The attendant dips the glove in cold water and applies brisk friction to the patient, starting from the feet and working upwards, part by part, including the front and back. Each part should be rubbed, and covered with blanket. A short, cold shower is given after the treatment.
It should be avoided in extreme weakness, fever with chills and open skin wounds etc.