Here are few reasons you may want to use heat, along with whatever you feel your body may need. Whenever my hubby comes down with any kind of bug he takes several hot baths a day until he feels better. That is the only thing he does to aid his body in recovery.
- Increase circulation
- Stimulation, used in short intervals
- Vasodilator - opens blood and lymph vessels
- Opens up the channels inside the body for more flow and fluid movement and efficient waste removal (warm herbal tea is the best way to do this).
- Relaxing effect which in turn can alleviate pain
- Burns off toxins and relieves congestion (using the sweating bath method)
- Draws energy/blood to the surface which relieves and heals
- Drives out cold
- Relaxes tissues which relieves pressure on nerve fibers
- Relaxes muscle spasms and sore muscles (don't use if inflammation is a factor).
- Opens pores to absorb nutrients and excrete toxins (use herbal bath or foot bath for this).
- High temperatures will kill off viruses (although it is important to be putting lots of fluids into your body when using this method).
- Fevers (only when incorporating diaphoretic herbs as well).
Diaphoretic (sweat inducing) Herbs
- Cooling, use for burns and hot skin conditions.
- Astringent to arrest hemorrhaging and bleeding.
- Bloody noses, place an ice cube in the hand until bleeding stops, usually within seconds.
- Contracts arteries and vessels, this forces blood deeper into internal organs and away from the surface.
- Anti-inflammatory, use for any type of inflammation in the muscles, bones and joints. (10 min on 10 min off)
- Anesthetic for temporary pain relief as it numbs.
- Headache relief due to contracting of vessels, anti-inflammatory action and pain relief.
- General stimulant when exposed for a short period of time (1-3 minutes).
Combining Hot and Cold (Cold Sheet Treatment)
Combined heat and cold does not need to be as complicated as Dr. Christopher's version, you could simply take a hot, steamy bath, then get in a cold shower or sponge the body with a cold cloth after. You can alternate hot pads and cold packs, or hot and cold compresses for 10 minutes each, for a period of time. While I've never done Dr. Christopher's cold sheet treatment, I have gathered all the items needed to do it and printed instructions in my emergency kit. The Covid-19 pandemic has opened many of our eyes to the realization we need to be medically prepared if hospitals are full and we need to treat our families during pandemic conditions. Dr. Christopher used this treatment to heal pneumonia and other severe lung conditions.
- Restore poor circulation
- Bone and joint complaints
- Aches and pains
- Cold and flu
- Skin eruptions and diseases
- Burn off excess toxins in the body
- Headache, soak feet or body in a hot tub while placing a cold cloth over the back of the neck and forehead.
- Congestion and inflammation relief as the blood vessels contract, sending blood deep into organs (5-8 minutes) then applying heat does the opposite, pulling the blood from the organs to the skin. "Alternate hot and cold applications, continued for thirty minutes, will relieve congestion more quickly than any other remedy" Jethro Kloss, Back to Eden
- Dr. Christopher used his cold sheet treatment for bones and joints, degenerative and chronic diseases as well as colds, flu and pneumonia. (Refer to the book Herbal Home Healthcare by Dr. John R. Christopher for more details or The Cold Sheet Treatment Booklet)