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January 05, 2006


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Believe it or not, I have a copy of a book by Kniepp advocating this water cure from the 1890's. That's about all I've been able to translate from it, but it has pictures.

The headache cure is interesting, as I have long known that a way of reducing migraine pain or sometimes even nipping it in the bud is to immerse at least my hands in hot water, as hot as I can stand for as long as I can. The neurologist suggested it, saying it draws blood away from the inflamed blood vessels in the brain. All I know is that if I get into a half-full tub of very hot water, my head stops hurting as long as I am in there.


Of course I have no idea about some weird old German who bathes in cold water. :-) Sounds interesting, though.

Does taking cold showers for an entire summer count enough for the rest of my life? I did that when I was on a dig in Israel, the summer I turned 21. We really didn't mind the cold showers after a long hot day of digging in the dirt. It took a couple of months before I could actually take a hot shower again.

As for hot water and migraines, that I can speak to with some ... perhaps authority isn't the right word word, but I can't think of better one. I have patients who say that hot compresses, showers, or baths will do the trick, and they use the same explanantion that Carrie's neurologist uses. Then I have other patients who would rather die than be hot during a migraine, and they do cold compresses, baths, or showers. Their reasoning is that the cold water causes constriction of the blood vessels in the brain. I say "whatever" and tell my patients to try one or the other, whichever seems right.

I *love* the image of a scream in the shower and then roses on his cheeks (which ones?, oops sorry...)



I wish Doug the best of luck with his regimen, but I rather suspect that its effectiveness for the older set who recommend it has more to do with their limited exposure to small children.

New teachers (and children's librarians) spend the first few years of their new profession down-and-out every cold and flu season until they build back their immunities. Even then we still tend to get more colds than the general population.

I recommend another sort of washing: of the hands, and frequent; though he's probably alreading doing that.

Andreas Morlok

Yes, Kneipp was (and is) very popular. AFAIK,
he even went to Rome and convinced the Pope
of his Kur.

There even is a 50s movie about the life of that

My father also believes in this treatment, and
he usually never has colds.


Roy G. Ovrebo

Kneipp is to Norwegians forever connected with his bread recipe, although it has in all likelyhood been changed over the years. 'Kneippbrød' is supposedly healthy, and a favourite among many people. One of the standard bread types at all bakeries.

It's horrible. Dense and tasteless, and the crust is invariably rubbery.

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