The Benefits and Effects of WATER....
History of Water
Water has been used from time immemorial for remedial purposes. It is not a modern discovery. Baths have long been used in combatting disease. The learned Greek-Hippocrates, who lived about five hundred years before Christ, was the first to write much about the healing of disease with water. The early Egyptians also practiced bathing considerably. Bathing held a prominent place in the law that was prepared by Moses under divine instruction for the government of the Hebrew nation. The relation of the bath in the treatment of leprosy also would lead one to believe that water was used for curative effects (Kloss, 1939).
The ancient Persians and Greeks erected stately and magnificent public buildings devoted to bathing. The Romans surpassed all other nations in the costliness and magnificence of their bathing facilities.Some of their greatest works of architecture were their public baths. The baths were supplied with every convenience for increasing the use and luxury of bathing. Kings and emperors competed for superiority in perfecting and expanding baths as sanitary institutions. Some of them were reported to be large enough to accommodate 20,000 bathers (Kloss, 1939).
Two noted Latin physicians, Celus and Galen, praised and glorified the bath as being invaluable. Galen indicated that exercise and friction should be used with the bath to create a cure. The Emperor Augustus was reported to be cured by water remedies of a disease which had thwarted all other remedies. In Arabia, the baths were used in pestilences. In Constantinople, the Turkish baths were used extensively in the 15th century (Kloss, 1939).
In the year 1600 public vapor baths were numerous in Paris.They were connected with the barber shops. Furthermore, many hospitals early on would give steam and water baths. This is not the case today. The Germans in olden times were very fond of bathing, according to the records of history. During the Middle Ages, when they had the leprosy plague, it was a religious duty to bathe because of the national faith in bathing. History reports that Charlemagne held court in a huge warm bath. (Kloss, 1939, p.104)
People forgot about bathing in the Dark ages in Europe. Some report that this accounted for the terrible plagues and pestilences of that period.
In 1840 to 1850, Victor Priesnitz, of Germany, was the leader in the use of water as a curative. He met with considerable opposition from doctors because he was able to cure some patients that they had given up on. He became famous worldwide because of his use of water as a cure.
The water cure spread to America in about 1850 and until about 1854, prospered greatly. According to one report (Kloss, 1939), the doctors would not stand for the water cure which was practical and non-expensive. About 1870, they had successfully prevented the water-cure practitioners from practicing in New York by a medical law. New York City was headquarters, and as soon as it was stopped there, its use was abandoned nearly everywhere for a while.
Northern American Indians were also know to use baths for many diseases. They used both water and vapor baths followed by plunging into a stream. Further, the native Mexicans used a hot-air bath. They confined themselves in a brick house, heated by a furnace on the outside. They seem to have implicit confidence in the efficiency of the bath to destroy disease, always using it with success when ill. It is reported that Sebastian Kneipp cured the Archduke Joseph of Austria of Bright's disease with the use of water and herbs.
Overview of Water
Water is one of the most abundantly supplied elements of nature for remedial uses. The blood and brain of the human body are composed of about four-fifths water. The fluid secretions and excretions are more than nine-tenths their weight in water.
Water undergoes no change in the body, but is absolutely essential to the performance of vital functions. It enables various organs to perform their work so that life is maintained. The circulatory system is especially dependent upon water. Water is the solvent which floats the blood corpuscles, nutritive, and waste elements which the blood is carrying. By the aid of water nutrients enter the blood and are carried to fibers where repair and growth are needed (Kloss, 1939, p. 109).
Water circulates through the most delicate capillaries, without friction, and even passes through membranes into parts that are not accessible by openings. Water is continually passing away from the body from some organ of elimination, either skin, kidneys, or lungs. It is important to supply the body with plenty of pure water at all times.
The average person eliminates about five pints of water in twenty-four hours, and an equal new supply must be made in order to preserve the fluidity of the blood. People who work in laborious jobs which causes profuse perspiration require more water than others. Also, people who eat many animal products, use salt, pepper and other spices and condiments, also require considerably more water to dissolve and cleanse the system of these unhealthful things. People who use mostly fruit, vegetables, grains and avoid the use of stimulating foods and drinks, require less water. This is because many vegetables and fruits are composed of more than half water. Water is the only substance that really quenches one's thirst.
Pure water dissolves poisons and toxins from the liver, skin, kidneys and lungs. By drinking water and bathing this causes the poisons to be expelled. The skin has millions of pores from which flow constantly a stream of poisons from the disintegration of the body. Bathing with water helps to dispel these toxins and poisons.
Water benefits the system in many ways. It is taken into the stomach and intestinal canal, it is received into the bloodstream and increases its volume. Water is eliminated through the lungs, skin, kidneys, and intestines. Water also removes waste through increased urinary secretions and increased activity of the skin. It also increases the elimination of the mucous membrane of the intestinal tract, which is an important organ of secretion. It relieves constipation. It also removes from the blood the most foulest materials, rendering it as a blood cleanser for the building up of tissues which aids in both waste and repair.
Bathing increases the circulation in the body. According to Kloss, a person who takes a daily cold morning bath has an almost perfect immunity from cold, and is not nearly so susceptible to changes in temperature. Colds contracted after bathing are the result of neglect of precaution (p. 116). Water is one of the most powerful means of affecting the human system in either health or disease.
Sedative drugs diminish the action of the heart. They affect all the nerve centers controlling the heart and their action is very often uncertain. Water is very much more efficient, and its use is never followed by hurtful after effects. (Kloss, 1939, p. 121).
- anodyne will lessen the nervous system thereby relieving pain. Hot water fomentations will always give relief and have often been used with drugs fail. A warm bath will invariably soothe and rest an extremely nervous person and produce restful sleep.
- Water is unrivaled as a remedy in hysterical convulsions, infantile convulsions, cramps and more.
Cold water can be used as an astringent and is used in arresting hemorrhages.
- Water can correct constipation and never causes violent or unpleasant symptoms that are associated with the use of other purgatives.
- Water is a perfect eliminator. Dissolves all poisonous waste materials and foreign elements in the blood, thereby aiding their elimination.
- Water produces profuse perspiration.
- Water not only destroys the waste elements, but increases the circulation and construction.
- Water used properly will increase the circulation, and the temperature very quickly and powerfully,
- Hot baths are the most efficient stimulants. They will stimulate the circulation so as to increase pulse from 70 to 150 in fifteen minutes.
-Most importantly, water is powerfully cleansing in its effects. Water will work wonders. It has been terribly neglected to the great detriment of the human race.
Many individuals never drink water--only sodas, juice or other fluids.
People should get in the habit of drinking pure water. It is recommended that people drink pure water, such as distilled water. Other popular waters are mineral and spring water. Tap water is not recommended as it has many chemicals. If you must drink tap water, then make sure you boil it for at least 15 to 20 minutes.
Kloss, Jethro. (1939). Back to Eden. Loma Linda, CA: Back to Eden Books.