SYN: Mental illness, psychosis schizophrenia, see also Senility, bipolar, manic-depressive


from Hydrothermic Remedies...

Important: these treatments must be persisted with, a brief trial may result in worsening of the patient's condition. But maintain the his courage and persevere. Hydrotherapy often stimulates the nervous system, so the increase in intensity and number of symptoms is to be expected especially in neuralgia, migraine, Tics, nervous attacks where there are "nerve storms".

Never neglect the patient or cause incomplete reactions and the result of patience and time will be a symptomless patient in many cases with the basic disease process reduced.

For Sedative Effects, in noisy, uncooperative psychotics etc:-

For Nervousness:-

Always keep the head cool as symptoms will increase

For Stimulation :-

If the patient is very withdrawn begin with lots of tactile stimulation.

Always use cold compresses to head and apply before the heat


from Dr JH Kellogg's Prescriptions...

Pathological Problems:

Clinical Problems:


  • Very hot or prolonged cold treatments
  • Cold to head when face is pale


from Dr JH Kellogg's Hydriatic Techniques...





from Dr GK Abbott's Prescriptions...

Manic-depressives, paretics, senile, dementia, schizophrenics, alcoholics, with symptoms of:

  • sleeplessness
  • hyperactivity, extreme excitement, frenzy
  • profane, violent, destructive or resistive language

Four types:

  1. Hypomania - Bipolar disorder
  2. Acute mania
  3. Delirious mania
  4. Chronic mania

1-3 are all acute and have 3 main symptoms:

  1. Elated though unstable, mood
  2. Flight of ideas
  3. Increased psychomotor activity

Other features complicate the picture and may all appear:

  • Irritability
  • Suspicions
  • Disorientation
  • Lack of insight
  • Clouding of consciousness with delusions
  • Hallucinations

Treatment Principles:

  1. Treat the symptoms, each case is different
  2. Relatives need to be informed and assisted through this difficult disease
  3. While treating investigate for:-
    • focal infections
    • gastrointestinal stasis
    • cardiovascular disease
    • endocrine imbalance
  4. Nutritious Aseptic Diet - weigh weekly and keep chart
  5. Constipation and retention require careful bowel and bladder regulation
  6. Use Sedatives sparingly, basically when hydrotherapy does not work.
  7. Use hydrotherapy freely. It often makes restraint unnecessary. Explain to patient. Never use treatment as a threat or punishment.
  8. Don't use on exhausted patients as there may be collapse.

Remember that fatigue produces excitement not tranquility, rest is important.

Many patients feel secure in the pack when they feel they are not responsible for their actions


Use: Pure Sedatives

Chronic mania: manic excitement over a number of years

  • usually start after the age of forty

Three changes occur through the course of the illness

  1. Tendency to mood fluctuations with relatively quieter periods intervening
  2. Reduced overactivity and intellectual productivity with a tendency to stereotypy
  3. Transient delusional ideas, indicative of an intellectual weakening