from Hydrothermic Remedies...
"As the name implies, salt is used with friction to make the skin glow with a fresh supply of blood." Hydrotherapy for the Home, p. 14.
Foot Bath water: 40°C
The application of wet salt with rubbing to the patient's skin.
- Stimulate circulation, in the skin especially
- Peripheral vasodilation without heating or cooling (from mechanical irritation of the skin)
- Mild euphoria (sense of well-being)
- Increase nerve activity
- As a peripheral vasodilator for patients who do not react well to heat or cold.
- Poor General Circulation
- Frequent Colds from a poor immune system
- Low Blood Pressure
- General Weakness, Exhaustion and low endurance
- Chronic Indigestion
Contraindications or Cautions
- Avoid any skin lesions and rashes
- Not used in acute diseases
- Must not be used so frequently as to produce skin irritation
- 1-2kgs (2-4 lbs.) coarse salt
- Stool (not used if patient is standing for treatment)
- Basin or bucket
- Drape sheet and towels
- Hot Foot Bath or bathtub with water at 43°C (110°F)
- Give treatment in a bathtub or shower stall (person sitting on low stool or standing).
- Have room warm and work quickly so patient does not chill.
- Have salt just wet enough to be sticky and be careful not to have it too dry or too wet (too wet decreases friction); should be moist enough to cling to skin.
- Make sure you wash off all salt when treatment is over.
Preparation for Treatment
- Moisten salt with water.
- Person stands or sits with feet in tub of water at 40°C (105°F); drape person with a sheet, exposing only the part to be treated.
- Operator wets person's arm with water from tub.
- Apply wet salt and rub until skin is pink. Arms: start at fingers and work up to the shoulder; Legs: start at toes and work up to hips.
- Proceed with body segments in order: arms, legs, chest and abdomen, hips and buttocks.
- Remove salt by Spray, Pail Pour or Shower, or dip in bath tub.
- Dry and fan person.
Completion of Treatment
- Make sure patient is dry and warm.
- Remove equipment.
- Bedroom Procedure
- Clothing the Limbs
- Concentrated Food
- Dry Friction
- Dry Shampoo
- Electric Light Bath
- Evaporating Sheet
- General Measures
- Graduated Tonic Cold
- Hot Air Bath
- Immune System Maintenance
- Local Hot Air Bath
- Local Vapor Bath
- Oil Rub
- Russian Bath
- Salt Glow
- Sleep Routine
- Sun Bath
- Superheated Air Bath
- Therapeutic Fever
- Tonic Effects
- Turkish Bath
- Vapor Bath