Our bodies are made up of 70% water. In order for the body to function, optimum water levels need to be maintained. Any variation in the same may lead to dehydration that can trigger complications like kidney stones, migraine, cardiovascular disorders, hypertension, colitis, and obesity.
Using water for its therapeutic benefits dates back to ages. Japanese and Indian cultures use water to treat a range of diseases in their own different ways.
Japanese Water Therapy
What Is It
Japanese traditional medicine suggests drinking water first thing, on an empty stomach, every morning. This needs to be done even before you brush your teeth. Doing this is known to manage and prevent various diseases. The therapy is practiced as a ritual throughout Japan and in other parts of the world.
How Is It Done
Follow these steps to cash in on
- As soon as you wake up, even before brushing your teeth, drink 640 ml (divided into 4 glasses of 160 ml) of water. The water should be lukewarm and shouldn’t be either too cold or too hot.
- Now, for the next 45 minutes do not eat or drink anything, while you carry on with your morning chores.
- After 45 minutes, have a healthy breakfast and do not eat anything for the next 2 hours.
- Generally, it is not suggested to eat anything for 2 hours after every meal, to ensure thorough digestion.
If you are a beginner, or have just recovered from an illness, or are of age above 60, start with only 160 ml of water. Increase the quantity over a week’s time and stick to the 640 ml scale.
What Are The Benefits
When practiced regularly, water therapy is used as a treatment for diseases like diabetes, arthritis, asthma, gastritis, diarrhea, constipation, menstrual disorders, hemorrhoids, bronchitis,
However, to specifically target different conditions, the time frame plays an important role. Following the therapy for the defined number of days has shown effective results. Some of the examples are:
- People with hypertension, when practiced this water therapy for 30 days, showed a significant reduction in their blood pressure.
- Tuberculosis patients had to practice it for a span for 90 days to get rid of the disease.
- Diabetic patients were prescribed to follow it for 30 days, and the results were low blood sugar levels.
- People with arthritis were suggested to practice the therapy for only 3 days in their first week, followed by increasing frequency to every day. The results showed reduced inflammation.
Indian Water Therapy
In Sanskrit, water therapy is called Usha Paana Chikitsa (usha – early morning, paana – water, chikitsa – therapy). Instead of 640 ml like in case of Japanese therapy, Indian water therapy recommends drinking 1.5 liters of water on
What Are The Benefits
The quantity, though might seem huge, imparts benefits in treating a range of diseases. From constipation to meningitis, a disease big or small is cured when the therapy is followed every day.
Similar to Japanese therapy, the number of days for which the therapy is practiced specifically targets a few diseases. Some of them are:
- Acidity, when practiced for 2 days.
- Diabetes, when practiced for 7 days.
- Hypertension, when practiced for 4 weeks.
- Pulmonary tuberculosis, when practiced for 90 days.
However, this therapy is not as popular as Japanese therapy because of the high intake of water involved. As some studies link excess consumption of water to hyponatremia, where the sodium levels in the water drastically go down due to dilution. Also, in an hour our kidneys can process around 800–1000 ml of water. Any volume above it can cause unwanted stress on the kidneys.
In both the cases, make sure you maintain proper oral