Dripping Sheet


from Hydrothermic Remedies...

Water Temperature:

  • For sheet and first pail, 21°C
  • second and third pails, 18 and 15°C respectively



A tonic treatment using a combination of Hot Foot Bath, Wet Sheet Rub and Pail Pour in the standing position.

Physiologic Effects

  1. General tonic
  2. To stimulate appetite
  3. To relieve cerebral congestion
  4. To bring down mild fever


  1. Insomnia
  2. Gout
  3. Osteoarthritis

Contraindications and Cautions

  1. Skin Eruptions
  2. Hyperaesthesia
  3. Acute Cardiac Weakness
  4. Widespread Neuritis
  5. Severe Neuralgia
  6. Frailty
  7. Patient must be vigorous


  1. Two large sheets
  2. Three buckets with water at 21°C
  3. Thermometer
  4. Foot bath at 40°C


Important Considerations

  • Keep treatment room at a temperature of around 21°C
  • Ensure that the patient is warm to begin with.
  • Treat 2-8 minutes for a tonic effect, 15-20 minutes for antipyretic effect.
  • If reaction does not occur, terminate treatment, and immediately warm patient up by: full warm bath or hot foot bath, or put to bed with to water bottle to feet and sides of trunk.

Preparation for Treatment

  • Strip patient and stand him in foot bath.


  • Soak sheet in water at 21°C and wring out water partially.
  • Wrap sheet around the trunk of patient once (with hands raised).
  • Continue wrapping with hands down; envelope hands.
  • Wrap around legs; tuck sheet between legs.
  • Empty a pail of water over the patient's head, shoulders, and trunk.
  • Rub briskly with stroking and percussion; start with the back, then the sides and extremities.
  • Continue until sheet becomes warm.
  • Pour second pail over patient and massage as before.
  • Pour third pail over patient and rub down briskly until reaction, characterised by warming of the sheet, occurs
  • Conclude treatment by removing wet sheet and covering with a dry sheet.
  • Rub down until patient is dry and warm and skin is hyperaemic

Completion of Treatment

  • Rest the patient 15-30 minutes.
  • Put away equipment.


from Dr JH Kellogg's Hydriatic Techniques...


  • Reclining - apply as wet sheet pack with gentle rubbing
  • Re-wet with 18°C sprinkling until shivering
  • Re-apply when 39°C rectal temperature in


Wrung dry out of 15°C water in:

Antiphlogistic and Refrigerants

10-15min, with rubbing


see Wet Sheet Rub


from Dr GK Abbott's Prescriptions...

  • Pails at 21, 18 and 15°C
  • As for Wet Sheet Rub except sheet is left on after skin is warmed by rubbing and 3 pails of cool to cold water are poured over the sheet with vigorous rubbing between each.
  • Reduce water temperature as the patient reacts.