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I believe that too much importance cannot be attached to this subject as it pertains to a precious and common accommodity available to all in one state or the other. Therefore, no excuse is valuable nor is acceptable for any negligence on our side that will prevent us from gaining a thorough knowledge on its uses, benefits and contraindications. As a people who profess to be looking for the coming of the Lord, and preparing for the great crisis ahead, we ought to make the preparation necessary to equip ourselves with the needed tools to honour and to glorify our master by all possible means.

Not yet convince that it is important for you to have knowledge on this subject? Here are a few quotes from the prophet of the Lord:

“Why need anyone to be ignorant of God’s remedies- hot water fomentations and cold and hot compresses. It is important to become familiar with the benefit of dieting in the case of sickness.” 2 SM pg. 290

“There are many ways of practicing the healing art; but there is only one way that Heaven approves. God’s remedies are the simple agencies of nature that will not tax or debilitate the system through their powerful properties. Pure air and water, cleanliness, a proper diet, purity of life, and a firm trust in God, are remedies for the want of which thousands are dying; yet these remedies are going out of date because their skillful use requires work that the people do not appreciate.” CD pg. 301.

So far we have seen that there is really one way of practicing the art of healing that is approved by heaven and as it is our aim to please and glorify our maker and not self I deem it of utmost importance to be able to use this remedy. Wouldn’t you agree?

What is Hydrotherapy?

Hydrotherapy is the use of water (hot, cold, steam, or ice) to treat a disease or to maintain health. In order for you to use hydrotherapy effectively there are some physiological effects of hot and cold on the body that you would need to understand:



Primary: excitant

Short: depressant by atonic reaction

Prolonged: mixed, excitant, and depressant


Skin: Action, increase activity

Reaction: diminished activity

Diminished sensibility

Heart: First slowed, then quickened decreases forced

Vessels: Action, contraction, and then dilation

Reaction, contraction

Lowered toned-paralysis. Local hyperemia, collateral anemia, collateral hyperemia

With reaction, local anemia, collateral hyperemia

Short, reflex fluxion and derivatives effects

Nerves: Excites

Depresses by atonic reaction

Muscles: Short, lessening fatigue effects

Prolonged, diminished capacity, excitability

Lungs: Quickens and facilitates respiration

Diminished amount of respired air

Decrease CO 2

Diminished respiratory quotient

Stomach: Decrease HCI and motor activity

Kidneys: renders anemic and lessens activity


Primary: depressant

Short: excitant by tonic reaction

Prolonged: depressant


Skin: Action, diminished activity

Reaction: increased activity

Diminished sensibility

Heart: First quicken, then slowed

Increased force

Vessels: Action, contraction

Reaction, dilation

Increased tone and activity

Local anemia, collateral hyperemia

With reaction, local hyperemia, collateral anemia

Short, reflex dilation of visceral vessels

Nerves: Benumbs and paralyzes

Excites by tonic reaction

Muscles: Short, increased excitability and capacity

Prolonged, lessened excitability, capacity

Lungs: Slows and deepens respiration

Increased amount of respired air

Increased CO2

Increased respiratory quotient

Stomach: Increased HCL and motor activity

Kidneys: congests and excites

This is where we will stop for today.  I hope that as we go through our study, you will learn more and will be able to use it for your benefit and that of others.