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Hydrotherapy is the use of water treatments to stimulate the immune system to fight sickness, infection, disease and to relieve pain.
The use of water for treatment of disease is an ancient practice of medicine.
Writings of Hippocrates, the father of medicine, indicate its use as early as 450 BC.
It was used in the Roman baths. Vincent Priessnitz (1799-1851) is known as the father of hydrotherapy.
At the end of his life water cure institutes became very popular in the United States.
Dr. James Jackson opened one of these institutes in Danville, New York.
After twenty years of practicing as a physician, he wrote: “In my entire practice I have never given a dose of medicine…I have used in the treatment of my patients the following—air, food, water, sunlight, dress, exercise, sleep, rest, social influences, and mental and moral forces.”
The Seventh-day Adventist Church has been a strong advocate of hydrotherapy and promotes the use of simple water treatment to date.
The Seventh-day Adventist church established its first health reform institute in 1866.
In the 1919 great flu epidemic an estimated 25 million people dead, however, those who received hydrotherapy and judicious nursing were the ones who survived.
Around 1920 Simon Baruch, hydrotherapist, wrote: “Of all the remedial agents in use since the dawn of medicine, water is the only one that has survived all the vicissitudes of doctrinal changes because its rise or fall was always contemporaneous with the rise and fall of intelligence among medical men.” (E. Qualls, P.T. Hydrotherapy Syllabus. History of Hydrotherapy, Wildwood’s College of Health Evangelism. 2014.)
Our nearby town of Eureka Springs was originally placed on the map due to it healing waters.
At Sunny Dawn Health Retreat we also advocate the use of hydrotherapy for:
- Nicotine Addiction
- Fight Cold or Flu
- Treat Infection
- Relaxation and Sleep Aid
- Pain Relief: Sore or Tight Muscles, Menstrual Cramps, Headaches, Migraines
- Improve Circulation
- And Much More
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