Therapeutic Fever

SYN: Fever Treatments, Fever Therapy


from Hydrothermic Remedies...

Full Fever Therapy


  • Raise body temperature to 38.5-39.5, oral
  • Duration: 30min to 4hours daily, depends on temperature...
  • The hotter the temperature the shorter the treatment.

Before Treatments:-

  • Therapeutic Diet high in salt
  • Cleansing Enema the night before treatment
  • Fast before treatment but push fluids


  • ½ - 2 hours, longer is better if tolerated, but in practice, 30min, when high body temperature is reached is sufficient.
  • Rectal temperature to 41°C
  • Pulse should not go above 130
  • Drink 500cc (2 glasses) of saline water per hour (2 level teaspoons of salt per litre of water)
  • Resume regular activities 24 hours after finished

Practical Home Fever Therapy:


  • Two sheets
  • Two Towels
  • large Cold Compress or 3 smaller ones
  • Oral Thermometer
  • At least 4 litres of ice water and a dipper


  • Follow the basics listed above
  • Take pulse and oral temperature frequently
  • Proceed slowly for the first few treatments so that the patient becomes used to it.
  • full Hot Tub Bath 38°C quickly as possible raise to 44°C (this may not be until a later treatment)
  • Have patient visit the toilet before entering the bath
  • Apply large Cold Compress to head on entering
  • Keep water temperature at 44°C until oral temperature is at 39.5°C or required. This may take 10-15 min.
  • Apply cloths to knees, if exposed wet with bath water.

When 39.5°C oral is reached:

  • do not add any more hot water
  • Instead of changing Cold Compress, continuously dribble ice water over it with a dipper. This will make the patient feel much more comfortable.
  • Continue for 20-30min. 20 minutes is usually enough.

To finish:

  • Pull the plug
  • Dribble water on head and body until patient can stand and get out of the tub.
  • If they are very weak make the time less and lift out of tub.
  • Dry quickly and have patient lie down with body covered and Cold Compress on head for 30 min.
  • 5 times a week for 3 weeks.


  • Kills microbes for:-Infections
  • Enhance Immune response for infections


from Dr GK Abbott's Prescriptions...

see Physical Therapy in Nursing Care pp 182-189

Sweating and Revulsive Treatments are "mild" therapeutic fever

"Therapeutic fever is severe and unpleasant treatment."


Where therapeutic fever has been shown to be of definite value:

Diseases that give some promise of benefit: