from Hydrothermic Remedies...
As the steam in the Russian Bath condenses, it liberates large amounts of heat, 537 calories for each gram. Thus there is an intense heating effect.
|Tonic||5-6 min||Cold Mitten Friction|
|Sudorific (Cold/Flu)||>15 min until sweating||Cold Mitten Friction|
|Sedative||>15 min||Graduated Shower|
|Addictions||>15 min||Cold Mitten Friction and Massage|
A body steam bath in which there is 100% humidity, given with the person sitting on a wooden chair, covered with a non-flammable plastic sheet.
- To increase body temperature
- To increase metabolism
- To induce sweating
- It will increase pulse rate
- It will increase blood pressure
- It will cause active peripheral vasodilation
- It will increase leukocytosis and red cell count
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Preparation for cold procedures such as the Cold Shower or Cold Tub Bath - 43-49°C / 110-120°F, 5-10 minutes
- To produce sweating 43-50°C / 110-122°F, 5-10 minutes
- Hypotension - follow with Cold Mitten Friction
- Symptoms of onset of Cold or Influenza-like disease - daily, 3-4 days
- Sedative effects (15-20 minutes) in Nervous Tension
- Alcoholism, Tobacco Recovery, Drug Addictions and Coffee Addiction
Contraindications or Cautions
- Valvular Heart lesions
- Advanced Arteriosclerosis
Equipment for Home Russian Bath
- An old wooden chair
- Teakettle and hot plate (or Rice Cooker)
- Plastic cover (shower curtain sewed together does fine)
- 3 Towels (for draping around neck, over shoulders and over knees to keep plastic from directly touching the skin.
- Hot Foot Bath and Cold Compress equipment.
- Ice Bag
- Watch with a second hand
- Drinking glass with tap water (not cold)
- Place Ice Bag over the heart if pulse is 80 bpm or above
- Stop treatment if pulse goes above 140 bpm
- Do not let steam from kettle hit the patient's legs
- Patient may become dizzy or faint.
Preparation for Treatment
- Assemble materials
- Have room warm and free from drafts.
- Heat the teakettle on the hot plate which has been set up under the wooden chair (spout facing away from the patient's legs)
- Wrap patient in a sheet; have patient sit on chair that is over the heating teakettle
- Give patient a Hot Foot Bath to pre-warm and apply a Cold Compress to the head; maintain foot bath at the best temperature for the patient throughout the treatment (40-43°C / 104-110°F).
- Remove sheet, place a towel around shoulders and neck and over the knees.
- Drape plastic cover around the patient's neck and chair, covering the body from the neck down, like a tent, including the foot bath.
- Give patient and Ice Bag for the heart to keep heart-rate down
- Head remains out; apply Cold Compress to head
- Check pulse frequently at temple or side of the neck
- Encourage drinking of hot water, if necessary to hasten sweating
- Duration: Tonic 6 minutes, Sedative 15-20 minutes
- May give medicated inhalation by adding 2 teaspoons of eucalyptus to each litre of water in the kettle.
- Periodically allow the patient to inhale the steam.
Completion of Treatment
- Cool the patient with a Graduated Shower or Cold Mitten Friction
- Patient must rest after treatment, at least 30 minutes.
- For vigorous treatment of common cold, the strong patient can be given the Cold Tub Bath
- Finish with: Blanket Wrap if further sweating is required.
Procedure for Steam Room in clinic or hospital
- Patient undress and wear gown
- Drape off at door
- Head out for most treatments, in for inhalation
- Cold Compress to head, change frequently
- Check pulse when change Cold Compress
- Attendant stays nearby and checks frequently
Completion of Treatment
- Close steam
- Drape as they come out.
from Dr JH Kellogg's Hydriatic Techniques...
48, 45-50°C / 118, 113-121°F 10-20min
- Usually follow with Tonic Friction or Ice Bag over heart
- Uses similar to Hot Air Bath
- if sweating is slow Massage for 3-5min
Especially useful for
- Use dry baths for Obesity
from Dr GK Abbott's Prescriptions...
- Head and neck kept cool
- Precordial Compress if needed.
- Bedroom Procedure
- Clothing the Limbs
- Concentrated Food
- Dry Friction
- Dry Shampoo
- Electric Light Bath
- Evaporating Sheet
- General Measures
- Graduated Tonic Cold
- Hot Air Bath
- Immune System Maintenance
- Local Hot Air Bath
- Local Vapor Bath
- Oil Rub
- Russian Bath
- Salt Glow
- Sleep Routine
- Sun Bath
- Superheated Air Bath
- Sweating Treatments
- Therapeutic Fever
- Tonic Effects
- Turkish Bath
- Vapor Bath