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Hydrotherapy dates back to the 18th century, and was successfully brought to the United States by John Harvey Kellogg. There are numerous types of hydrotherapy (water therapy) and these treatments are individualized based on the patient’s ailments. Some of these include ice packs, constitutional hydrotherapy, colonics, enemas, castor oil packs, warming socks, and sitz baths. Medicine has long recognized the effects of water temperature on blood flow (warm applications to relax a tight muscle, or ice packs to reduce inflammation). Naturopathic constitutional hydrotherapy further expands on these principles by targeting and increasing specific blood flow to an area for optimal organ function.

Constitutional hydrotherapy specifically is utilized to increase blood flow to the vital organs in the thorax. This is accomplished by applying alternating hot and cold temperatures to the front and back of the thorax (neck to 3 inches below the navel); utilizing these basic mechanical effects to influence the quantity and quality of blood flow through organs and tissues. Sine wave delivers small electrical impulses to various locations chosen by your physician to enhance the therapeutic benefit of the treatment. It encourages the liver to increase the production of bile and the gallbladder to release more of the bile into the colon for removal. By combining these two processes it increases the elimination of toxic wastes by driving circulation into the liver, lungs, kidneys, skin and colon. Dr. Poulos is passionate about utilizing this therapy as the process enhances encourages the innate healing power of the body by increasing immune response, promoting detoxification, increases nutrients into the cells, and balances the nervous system.

Looking at the blood as a vehicle of supplying oxygen, vitamins and minerals to all cells, Naturopathic Constitutional Hydrotherapy manipulates the circulation in order to maximize the benefits of optimal circulation for overall health and healing. The therapy take an hour to complete and can be utilized for treatment of insomnia, cold/flu, nervous system disorders, detoxification, infertility, digestive tract problems (Chron’s disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Irritable bowel syndrome), PMS, Arthritis, Diabetes, Hypertension, and Circulatory problems (varicose veins, Raynaud’s disease).


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