The purpose of this treatment is to stimulate a more rapid improvement in health along with the application of specific dietary therapy and other measures. It is an integral part of the treatment protocol, but has other applications. It can be used whenever there is fever or febrile illness, or to ward off an illness which is beginning to manifest. It is tonifying to the digestive system, helps to normalize circulation, soothes the nervous system, and stimulates both the eliminative processes and the “vital force.” It is a subtle yet powerful treatment with no potential for harm if done according to the following directions, under the order of a qualified naturopathic physician. If one is doing this treatment during a chronic illness, a weekly report to the naturopathic physician is mandatory, and no other treatments or medication of any kind should be used without the knowledge of the naturopathic physician.
- In a supine position, cover the bared chest and abdomen with two thicknesses of terrycloth towel wrung out in hot water tolerable to the touch. Cover the body with a sheet and preferably a wool blanket to avoid becoming chilled. Leave the hot towels in place for 5 minutes.
- 2. Replace the hot towels with a single thickness of towel wrung out in cold water. Cover the person as before to avoid chill. Leave the cold towel in place for 10 minutes. Do not remove the towel until it becomes warmed.
- 3. Repeat the same treatment on the back.
The treatment should take about half an hour. If done in the above manner, it is best if another person applies the treatment to the person receiving it.
If one is alone, the following modification should be used.
Take a hot bath or shower for 5 minutes. Get out and dry quickly. Take a towel wrung out in cold water and wrap it all around the trunk of the body, from the armpits to the groin. Cover with a wool blanket to avoid chill. Leave the cold towel in place at least 20 minutes or longer, until it is warmed.