Hydrotherapy is an important constituent in the treatment of Naturopathy. It uses the physical properties of water with varying temperature that stimulates the blood circulation and treat the symptoms of disease. This procedure involves external use of water in combination with oil, herbs, ect in different types.Local immersion baths- foot bath, herbal soak, foementation ect are examples.
The healing properties of Hydrotherapy are based on its thermal effect on body reaction to hot and cold stimulation. The nerves carry this stimulation and stimulate the immune system and influences the stress hormones, digestion, and regularizes blood flow reducing pain . They help also to remove waste from the body. Heat soothes the body and cold increases the internal activity in the body.