Precordial Compress


from Dr JH Kellogg's Hydriatic Techniques...

Antipyretic and Stimulating to heart

  • 15°C / 60°F, 20cm square wrung moderately dry, lightly covered, heat,
  • Dry Friction (rubbing) or wait 5min for reaction - every 15min (every 10min in collapse)
  • Ice Bag with single thickness flannel over chest
  • all followed by general Cold Mitten Friction

Cold Compress 20min, 3x day in chronic...

Continuous Cold Compress rubbed at change in acute...

Hot 43°C / 109°F, 10min in Cardiac Insufficiency in


  • Fatty degeneration of the heart muscle in diabetes and nephritis
  • Advanced Emphysema


from Dr GK Abbott's Prescriptions...

Usually an ice pack (crushed ice in a towel)

  • decreases heart rate
  • shortens and increases force of systole
  • increases diastole ie. increases rest period
  • aids hypertrophy ie. strengthens heart muscle