As the moon wanes (decreases after a full moon), we come to the final week of the Spring hormone detox. As we move towards completion lunar energy re-connects both her and us to the element of water. It is time to consider hydrotherapy and hormones. This undervalued but traditional form of natural medicine is also known as thermotherapy. These days we generally associate it with something physiotherapists provide for sports injuries, joint, skeletal and muscle disorders using exercises within a water medium. In truth, this is only one application of thermotherapy. Hydrotherapy originated in England (Floyer 1649-1734) and has a tangle of overlapping influences between orthodox doctors and naturopaths. However, we must look to Germany, Austria and the United States for their true influence and its functional integrative approach. Today we discuss hydrotherapy/thermotherapy and hormones.
Forms of Hydrotherapy
Hydration: drinking pure filtered water and water fasts
Cleansing: enemas and colonics, salt glows, sauna
Thermotherapy: the true remedial form of hydrotherapy which uses water as a medium for treating health disorders. These include hot foot baths, sitz baths, neutral baths, alternate baths, steam inhalation and saline nasal washes, heating compresses, ice packs, blitz showers, wet sheet packs and cold friction mittens
Therapeutic support: floating water tanks, swimming (in nature or indoors), jacuzzi
During the first 3 weeks of the Spring Hormone Detox we applied hydrotherapy techniques including cleansing teas and drinking plenty of fresh filtered water. We included daily dry skin brushing, epsom salt body scrubs , far infared therapy sauna and lymphatic massage plus castor oil compresses . These simple support techniques are all effective but what other forms of hydrotherapy can we consider to support hormone health?
Hydrotherapy and hormones
Shower blitz, enema’s and colonics
Believed to help oxygen absorption, increase tissue tone, stimulate the senses, energise, boost metabolism, support circulatory symptoms, boost the immune system, lower blood glucose, stimulate the liver, as an aid to bowel elimination, supports the nervous system, reduce joint pain, muscular aches and pain, reduce inflammation, distension, reduce irritable bowel and digestive disturbance, hot flushes, insomnia, headaches, use as an aid to weight loss
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Hot and Cold Shower Blitz
Cold blast (10-20 seconds). Very cost effective, apply at the end of your daily shower. A cold blast helps remove heat from the body (hot flushes), increase red blood cell count, increase tissue tone, stimulate metabolism, calm the nervous system (great for insomnia and anxiety) and helps toxin breakdown though the liver, spleen and bowels
Alternate hot blast with cold blasts (10-20 seconds of each – start with 3 of each and work up gradually to repeat a maximum of 10 times) – Believed to help prevent colds and congestion, support circulation, detox from alcohol, believed to support drug and tobacco withdrawal, low energy, oedema and bloating, nervous exhaustion, eating disorders and depression/anxiety. Placing your whole body in the alternative water temperatures may be too much for you to begin so I recommend you place a limb or part of your abdomen under the water jet until you feel confident.
If you suffer with hot flushes, anxiety or insomnia try placing a limb under running cold water for about 20 seconds. This helps reboot body temperature, a pounding heart or distressed sleep patterns. Alternatively, if the above will wake your partner then place a pair of cold wet socks in the fridge and if you can’t sleep, wake up anxious or suffer with a hormonal hot flush place them on your feet.
ref:Lectures in Naturopathic hydrotherapy – Wade BoyleND & Andre Saine ND
Benefits: Support phase 1 and 2 of liver clearance which can help with hormone and digestive imbalances. A colonic or enema may help relieve headaches, muscle aches, oestrogen and progesterone imbalances, ovulation pain, acne, and improve mental and physical sluggishness. In addition of course both forms help clear the bowels of residual toxins, parasites, worms etc and can be an effective form of pain relief. Both can be used to reduce inflammation because they eliminate irritating toxins, relieve abdominal distention, irritable bowel and painful reflex effects
What’s the difference between an enema and a colonic?
Both these forms of hydrotherapy help return your digestive system to a more natural, healthy state. The gentle flow of water works in two ways: firstly it cleans out waste matter in the colon, and secondly it stimulates the natural nerve and muscle action of the bowels to encourage proper bowel function.
Unlike an enema, colon hydrotherapy needs to be administered by a qualified practitioner who will include an abdominal massage to reach the full length of the large intestine. This ensures a thorough cleanse and the maximum benefit. In comparison, enema’s are administered at home using water, specialised herbal mixtures or coffee and are less intense.
Download Detoxification Support to find out how to use an enema
The local colon hydrotherapist in Kingston upon Thames is Edward Jackson-Gray. You can also follow these links to the Colonic Association and Institute of Professional Colonic Hydrotherapists to find a professional practitioner near you.
Disclaimer: Justine Evans ND is a registered naturopath and nutritional therapist. Her opinions are personal and should not be considered advice. Justine does not accept any responsibility towards your health through reading this blog. If you have any concerns about your health please receive the advice of a health professional before applying any changes to your lifestyle programme