Constitutional hydrotherapy was developed in the early 1900s by one of the first Naturopathic Doctors in the United States, O.G. Carroll. Dr. Carroll was inspired by healing practices that were already in use in European countries. This tried and true therapy utilizes alternating hot and cold water applications and low-volt electrical sine-wave stimulation over the back and abdomen to increase the delivery of oxygen, nutrients,
and immune support to our tissues. As a result, metabolic wastes, inflammation, and toxins are more efficiently removed from the body. These actions are useful when the body is in need of assistance with healing and/or detoxification.
Much of the healing action of this therapy occurs through the Vagus Nerve, also
known as Cranial Nerve 10. The Vagus nerve descends from the brain and innervates many of our organs, including the entire digestive tract, the heart, and the lungs. Engaging the Vagus Nerve through Constitutional Hydrotherapy tonifies all of these internal organs and provides a naturally calming effect on the brain.
At NENH, our doctors may prescribe hydrotherapy in the treatment of any of the following conditions:
• Chronic constipation
• Chronic systemic infections such as Lyme, Epstein Barr Virus, Mycotoxin illness
• Depressed Immune function
• Chronic lung infections
• Digestive complaints (such as SIBO, IBS, Crohn’s Disease, and Ulcerative Colitis)
• Migraine and other headache disorders
• Circulatory issues (cold hands and feet,
• Respiratory problems such as asthma
• Environmental toxicity and detoxification
Constitutional Hydrotherapy is available on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays with Lila.
The treatment takes 45 to 60 minutes. Wear loose clothing that you won’t mind getting wet. Individual sessions are $65 or a package of four sessions is $240. At least four sessions are recommended to accomplish clinical goals.