Cold Douche

Dr Kellogg

Dr Kellogg says...

Cold Douche

The higher the temperature the longer must be the duration and the greater the pressure required to produce decided tonic effects. p438

...the douche is the most powerful and valuable of all tonic measures. There is no drug known to man that is possessed of such marvellous renovating and permanently restorative properties.


from Dr JH Kellogg's Hydriatic Techniques...

  • 15, 10-20°C 4-30sec 10-40lbs
  • Powerful Tonic - immediate vigorous reaction
  • Preliminary heating Shower or Fan Douche 40-48°C
  • First treatment: 25°C 3sec 10 lbs., gradually increase
  • for more painful or neurological disorders see Fan Douche

Final Tonic in Graduated Tonic Cold

Used in chronic:

Antiphlogistic in Passive Congestion in

In Hysterical...

Contra-indications... (ie over the relevant reflex areas) take great care and progress slowly with


from Dr GK Abbott's Prescriptions...


  • Precede with warm or hot Shower or give as Alternate Douche with
  • 4 changes.
  • Use percussion to enhance reaction.
  • Begin with feet and legs, later chest then spine as well.
  • Vigorous Fluxion and Derivative