What is Medicated Bath?
Medicated bath, generated from traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), has long been used to treat diseases caused by poor blood circulation. With Chinese medicine bath foam (extracted from Chinese herbal medicine), patients accept treatment through whole body bath or focal bath (such as hip bath, foot bath, face bath and eye bath). Medicated bath belongs to external applications, which is easy to operate, cheap and painless. Compared with other oral drug treatment, it is a kind of relatively safer therapy for kidney disease with no side effects.
What are the functions of Medicated Bath?
•Sudation and detox. Toxins in the body are removed through sweats.
•Enhance the rebuilding after delivery; prevent gynaopathy; repair the birth canal; help to shrink the womb; stop bleeding; anti-inflammation.
•Remedy skin disease; beautify skin and make it lustrous; diminish itching.
•Improve systemic circulation.
•Promote stomach to wriggle and help digestion.
•Alleviate fatigue; reduce the pain of the muscle and joint; enhance microcirculation of the whole body so as to help remove the metabolic products and bring more oxygen.
•Improve sleep quality.
•Improve systemic circulation.
•Increase the adjustive ability of nerves.
•Improve immunity. Medicated bath can prevent cold and trachitis effectively and significantly improve immune ability.
What are the side effects of Medicated Bath?
Medicated bath, as a kind of external application, has no side effects to human body.
What are the features of Medicated Bath?
By immersing the most of the body into the medicated water-filled bathtub, after about 30 minutes, the pores of the body will open so that the medicated water is easier to penetrate into the internal body tissue. Additionally, the medicated water functions to eliminate the body wastes through perspiration. What's more, compared with taking medicines or receiving medical treatment, Medicated bath is more convenient and cheaper.
When the effective components of the medicated water enter into the body through dilated pores and increased permeability of the skin, a pharmacodynamical reaction will take place within the body. Then, toxins and some metabolites will be excreted through dilated pores so that the levels of serum creatinine and urea nitrogen will decrease. Meanwhile, the burden of the damaged kidney will be reduced.
What types of Medicated Bath are there?
The following are five major types of Medicated bath:
1. Promote blood circulation, clear away blood stasis and expel toxin.
This kind of therapy can be adopted by people with Chronic Renal Failure, Uremia and other Chronic Kidney Disease.
2. Reduce blood glucose and lipid, regulate blood pressure.
This type is suitable for persons who have symptoms such as hyperlipidemia and high blood glucose and diabetics.
3. Expel toxic in the blood.
The build up of wastes in blood is a main cause of pruritus, so people with allergic skin, purpura, eczema, lupus and other skin problems can choose this kind of Medicated bath.
4. Treat leakage of protein.
This method is suitable for patients with severe proteinuria and Nephrotic Syndrome.
5. Reduce hematuria and occult blood.
While taking medicine orally, this kind of Medicated bath can help patients with IgA Nephropathy and those who have serious hematuria.
Dos and donts of Medicated Bath
Even though Medicated bath is a new better choice for kidney disease patients, it doesn't mean that anyone can adopt this therapy. Contraindications of this treatment include:
•STD patients •Infectious disease patients •Severe hypertension, or high blood pressure •Hyperhidrosis and Hyperpyrexia •Has open wound in the body •Severe cardiac disease •Be allergic to medicated bath
•The temperature of the medicated water should not be too hot or too cold (around 37~39℃), thus avoiding the damage to skin.
•Keep warm during the bath, especially in winter, to avoid catching a cold. Dry the skin as soon as the patient finish the bath.
• It is not recommended to bath 30 minutes before or after dinner. Bathing with empty stomach, patient appears to have hypoglycemia, prostration and even faint. In contrary, after dinner, the hot water may stimulate to dilate blood vessels, thus the same goes to the blood vessels in the stomach and intestine. By this, the blood volume in gastrointestinal area will be decreased. At the same time, it may decrease the secretion of gastric acid, which declines digestive function, thus affecting food absorption.
•Elderly patients should be accompanied by medical workers or family member when they have the bath. The duration of treatment should not keep too long.