Hot Shower


from Hydrothermic Remedies...


A shower that begins at about 38 °C and temperature gradually raises to tolerance.

Physiologic Effects

  1. Tonic or Stimulating 5 minutes or less, longer than 5 minutes may be depressing.
  2. Analgesic
  3. A fine spray will have a counter-irritation effect.


  1. For the relief of pain in Neurological Conditions
  2. Can be used as refresher, and for cleansing and stimulating purposes.
  3. Excellent as preparation for a Cold Shower.


  1. Heart Diseases
  2. Kidney Failure
  3. Severe Arteriosclerosis
  4. Hyperthyroidism or exophthalmic goiter/goitre
  5. Nervous System Irritability
  6. Hypertension
  7. Hot spray should not be directed over the area of Varicose Veins.


  1. Stool - non-rust
  2. Shower Cap


Important Considerations

  • Rubber mat on floor of shower so patient doesn't slip

Preparation for Treatment

  • Turn on shower and adjust to proper temperature.
  • Make sure patient's feet are warm before entering shower.
  • Use shower cap if patient wishes.
  • Have stool on hand in case patient becomes faint.
  • Have patient get into shower.


  • Begin about 38 °C and gradually raise temperature to 43 °C to tolerance.
  • Hold for 2 minutes
  • Cool rapidly to faucet/tap - cold (as long as tolerated)

Completion of Treatment

  • Friction with a towel, fan with a sheet.


from Dr GK Abbott's Prescriptions...

  • At the end of sweating treatment, to prevent thermic reaction
  • Before leaving hot treatment apply Cooling Compress to head
  • Begin at 42-43°C, quickly raise to 46-48°C, maintaining until patient feels well warmed and ready to welcome the cold
  • Gradually lower to between 27-32°C, maintaining for 2-4min.
  • Dry as quickly as possible and see the patient is not exposed to drafts or cold for at least 1 hour