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Written by Dr. Nisha Gupta   
Sunday, 18 December 2011 15:20

Hot Water A Natural Healer

Use of Hot Water in Naturopathy

Water is the most essential compnent of our body which makes around 70% of an adult and 80% of an infant body mass. According to philosophy of Naturopathy, whole universe as well as human body is composed of five elements i.e. Akash (Space), Vayu (Air), Agni (Fire), Jala (Water) and Prithvi (earth). This water is eliminated from body by various means like sweat, urine, expired air, etc. and has to be refilled by water intake. It is assumed that a healthy person must drink 8-10 glasses of water every day. If a person consumes 4-5% less water than recommended, it can decrease his physical and mental perfromance by up to 20-30%. Water taken even at normal temperature is very good for health but it is supposed that it should be closer to body termperature so that, it could perform its physiological functions in a better way. Hot water cannot be differentiated very much from cold water qualitatively except its hot attribute but it carries valuable therapeutic properties in itself. Generally, we are in practice of taking cold water. Too much cold water can stimulate disorderliness in the different systems of the body. On the other hand, hot water alone is the inexpensive but best remedy itself by improving the efficiency of all the systems of the body.

Properties of Hot Water

Water is the only substance on the earth that is found in all three states of matter i.e. solid, liquid and gaseous state. Water is tasteless, odourless and colourless substance with pH value of 7. Hot water is comparatively lighter than cold water. It's this property makes it easily digestible, better absorbable, more penetrable and quickly portable in the body.

Water can be administered chiefly by two routes:


Hot water is taken as drink in small but regular doses. In this way water easily digests, absorbs, assimilates and then transports the nutrients throughout body for maintenance of health. Temprature of the drinking water must be mild to moderately hot and below boiling.


Entire body or affected part of body is either immersed in skin friendly hot water tub or water is made to fall in a fine stream on affected part. This mode of application opens the pores of skin and induces profuse sweating thereby removing stiffness in the body.

use of Hot Water in Naturopathy

However, there is a third route administration i.e. anorectal route where hot water is administered in rectum (large intestine) for proper movement and management of diagestive system as well as cleansing of the body. This application is known as 'Enema' in Naturopathy.

Healing in General

  • It is very good appetizer and stimulates the process of digestion.
  • Being a very good diurectic, it cleanses the bladder and removes unwanted materials from the body.
  • It relieves constipation and associated disorders.
  • It is very potent vasodilator and therefore improves blood circulation to all the muscles.

Specific Healing

GIT Disorders

Naturopathic Use of Hot Water in GIT DisordersIt is specifically indicated in the diseases of gastrointestinal tract like anorexia, indigestion, distension of abdomen, constipation, etc. Local water application of hot and even cold water is found very effective in the headache and restlessness of the fever. Two glasses of hot water taken after getting up in the morning evacuate the bowel completely and therefore prevent constipation. It helps gut work more efficiently and avoiding many GIT related disorders. Simple hot water enema is very effective in Chronic constipation and irritable Bowel syndrome.

Respiratory Disorders

It is very effective remedy for all kind of respirator disorders like rhinitis, acute bronchitis, chronic bronchitis, laryngitis, tonsillitis, high fever and bronchial asthma. It's internal use relaxes the musculature and is very good bronchodilator thus, bringing about relief in above diseases. Water vapours on inhalation act as topical sedative, expectorant, relieve the constriction of vessels, there by facilitating expectoration even in acute stages. Sponges filled with bearable hot water applied on chest, nech, back for half an hour are very effective in controlling the attack of asthma.

Skin Diseases

Luke warm water hydrates sking by effective working of sweat glands and controlled secretion of the sebaceous glands. Drinking plenty of hot water can combat skin diseases like eczema, psoriasis, dry sking, wrinkles and spots.

Musculoskeletal Disorders

It improves the blood circulation of muscles and is therefore; very effective in muscular disorders in which stiffness is the chief complaint. It can be used by both means but is more result oriented when used as a local therapy as fomentation. It improves blood circulation to the joint and helps joints in well lubricated condition, helping to prevent joint diseases in later life, if taken regularly. Hot water removes stiffness and pain of the joints. It must be used orally, as well as, locally to bring the best results in diseases like osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Kidney Disorders

It is useful in kidney problems like retention of urine, dysuria, renal calculus, ureteric colic, ureteric strictures etc. It excretes the accumulated toxins of body in a better way, cleansing the whole body. It relaxes the muscular spasms of the system by improving blood circulation.
Its regular and ample use disintegrates the calculi into smaller particles and thus facilitating their flush out.

Nervous System Disorders

Use of hot water is found very effective in all diseases of nervous system. The diseases where numbness, stiffness, inability to move body or body parts (paraplegia or hemiplegia) are the chief compaints, hot water use by both routes is found very stimulating and potent healer.

Stress Related Disorders

Hot water used as external measure plays a significant role in release of stress and therefore mental relaxation. It is found to be very effective in anxiety, tension and insomnia.

Metabolic Disorders

In the metabolic disorders like obesity, drinking hot water is the best remedy for the rechannelisation of fats. It results in effective weight loss. Cholesterol and triglycerides are also found to be decreasing by hot water intake only.


Hot water application by both routes has remarkable effect on diseases like cancer, piles, diabetes, mellitus, inflammation, hernia, sciatica, goiter, Parkinsonism, cardiac disorders, hypertension, fibromyalgia, etc.
Although water is life's matter and matrix in general, yet it can add value if used moderately and bearable hot in daily life as a drink, as it purifyies all the systes of the body and therefore leading to the increase in immune strength. Life begins with water and is sustained by water but positive changes in the body functions like digestion and metabolism may be carried out better by proper intake of hot water. This hot water facilitates the physiology, as well as cures pathological changes and provides over all protection to the body from various physical and psychological ailments in a natural and motherly fashion.

Source - Nisragopchar - April 0211

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