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N Am J Med Sci. 2014 May;6(5):199-209. doi: 10.4103/1947-2714.132935.

Scientific evidence-based effects of hydrotherapy on various systems of the body.

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1
Naturopathy Clinical, SDM College of Naturopathy and Yogic Sciences, Ujire, India.
2
Department of Research and Development, S-VYASA University, Bangalore, Karnataka, India.

Abstract

The use of water for various treatments (hydrotherapy) is probably as old as mankind. Hydrotherapy is one of the basic methods of treatment widely used in the system of natural medicine, which is also called as water therapy, aquatic therapy, pool therapy, and balneotherapy. Use of water in various forms and in various temperatures can produce different effects on different system of the body. Many studies/reviews reported the effects of hydrotherapy only on very few systems and there is lack of studies/reviews in reporting the evidence-based effects of hydrotherapy on various systems. We performed PubMed and PubMed central search to review relevant articles in English literature based on "effects of hydrotherapy/balneotherapy" on various systems of the body. Based on the available literature this review suggests that the hydrotherapy has a scientific evidence-based effect on various systems of the body.

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Evidence-based effects; Hydrotherapy; Various systems

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