Contrast Baths at The Gout Clinic
Stimulating local blood flow
Bathing helps the healing process.
When a patient is without an acute attack, contrast baths result in further improved local blood flow. Additionally, the lymph vessels contract when exposed to cold, and relax in response to heat. The lymph system, unlike the vascular circulatory system, lacks a central pump (heart). When alternated between hot and cold, lymph vessels dilate and contract to "pump" and move stagnant fluid out of the area. This pumping positively affects the inflammation process and helps to evacuate uric acid.
A bathing cycle typically takes 20 min.
The water used is non-polluted, clean, potable groundwater.
Additives used at The Gout Clinic:
Epsom salt; Magnesium sulfate, may not only help for gout but also for other types of arthritis. It is our principal bathing ingredient. We have local natural hot sulphatic springs, but you need to be able to sit on a horse to visit them.
Activated Charcoal; can absorb uric acid.
Borax; similar advantages as Epsom Salt, but used in smaller concentrations.
Hydrogen Peroxide; is very detoxifying. Hydrogen peroxide can activate several genes (by Enzymes) which are responsible for clearing tissue debris and improve venous and lymphatic circulation. Hydrogen Peroxide baths stimulate nerve repair and are reported to be a very effective treatment for peripheral neuropathy. At the gout Clinic, we add a 1 l (3%V) hydrogen peroxide, to a foot bath of 10 l.
Seaweed baths; are supposed to be a good way to supplement trace minerals. Everyone today is low in minerals, due to modern agricultural methods, depleted soils, food processing, weak digestion, etc.
Clay baths; are used for detoxing purposes. See also Poultice Treatment. We use both red and black Clay.