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Wet Sheet Pack

from Hydrothermic Remedies...

Procedure is found in:-

  • Simple Remedies on page 59
  • Hydrotherapy on page 43
  • Very few contraindications
  • Cold Water for soaking sheet 15-20°C


from Dr JH Kellogg's Hydriatic Techniques...



  • Large double blanket
  • single blanket
  • 2 large sheets
  • 8-12ltr of water 15-21°C
  • Apply cold wet towel to head before and change 10-15 min if needed
  • Cover legs and feet more warmly than trunk
  • In feeble patients precede with mild heating treatment begin with one wet towel on chest and wrap, then chest and back, then legs until whole body.
  • For sensitive parts or sensitive people cover with one layer of dry flannel ie in:

Stage I - Cooling, Tonic

for Antipyretic see Cooling Pack

Stop as soon as reaction is established in:

Stage II - Sedative

if continued until end of stage II in:

Stage III - heating and Derivative

if continued to end in:

  • Preparation for tonic cold

If interrupted before Excitant effects ie sweating, in:

Stage IV

Spoliatives and Eliminative see Sweating Pack


  • Skin eruptions and exanthemata
  • Cover sensitive or irritated parts with a dry flannel
  • Feeble patients may be trained by beginning with one wet towel and extending
  • Headache, nervousness, fainting, vertigo indicate too long
  • Sometimes a rose colour, with fetid odour and even sticky secretions

from Dr GK Abbott's Prescriptions...


  • the wet sheet must closely contact the body all over
  • The dry blanket must prevent air entering and thus chilling
  • "Warming-up" must occur promptly
  • Feet must be kept warm throughout the treatment. Use a Hot Water Bottle if reaction is slow.


  1. Cooling Pack
  2. Neutral Pack
  3. Heating Pack
  4. Sweating Pack

In Mania

  • apply at 5-18°C in agitated cases
  • pin pack on so patient not exposed
  • warm room
  • duration of several hours to all night if he sleeps
  • remove if becomes irritating
  • remove if not quiet in an hour, sponge and dry


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