The Water Cure. a Practical Treatise on the Cure of Diseases by Water, Air, Exercise, and Diet

The Water Cure. a Practical Treatise on the Cure of Diseases by Water, Air, Exercise, and Diet

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1842 edition. Excerpt: ... perspiration may generally be considered critical. As a general rule, where there is no evident reason why it should not be used, sweating, followed by the cold bath, is not debilitating; what is lost in one way is repaired in another. The appetite is so much increased, and the functions of the digestive organs so improved, that more healthy fluid is formed than is thrown out. Fat is replaced by hard elastic flesh, and languor and debility give way to a state of cheerfulness and activity. THE COLD BATH. Before entering into the subject of the cold bath, as used in the water cure, I shall offer a few observations on general bathing. The use of cold bathing as a remedy in disease, and as a preservative in health, is known to a great many, I may say to every one. But the idea is generally associated with that of sea bathing, the salutary effects being considered by the majority to be owing, in a great measure, to the salt with which the water is impregnated. Though I am not prepared to deny altogether that the saline particles have any beneficial effects, I am, nevertheless, of opinion that, in most cases, pure water is better. Any influence the salt may have, is so slight, that it can in no way account for the happy results of the sea bath in some cases, or the prejudicial effects in others. There are many evident reasons why the full benefit is seldom obtained. In the first place, there is a want of regularity in the time when the bath is taken, depending often on the tide; the duration of the bath is also frequently a matter of caprice with the bather. Added to these, there are great numbers who seek this remedy, who are not in a state to enter into cold water without previous preparation. How many do we find complaining after the bath, of...show more

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  • Paperback | 50 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 109g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236583418
  • 9781236583413