It seems that there are ways to go about taking care of your health that aren’t really all that well known….Even in today’s age of computers. I definitely had no idea about Japanese Water Therapy until stumbling upon this article the other day. It seems like it might just help with my constant migraines. It’s worth looking into, at the very least, so here’s some more information that you can use to try it out for yourself. As always, check with your doctor before doing so.
What is Japanese Water Therapy?
A traditional practice that has been followed for years and years, it has been said that water therapy can help with a whole slew of illnesses. From asthma to bronchitis, arthritis, epilepsy, constipation, urinary issues, throat and nose ailments, and even possibly cancer. Women can even follow this regimen to relieve themselves of menstrual symptoms and uterine issues.
Here’s how you go about it:
Every morning, before you brush your teeth, drink 640ml of water. This is about 4 glasses of 160ml which is a typical glass size. The water should be purified and free of all chemicals and minerals.
Brush your teeth normally, and then abstain from eating or drinking anything else for 45 minutes.
Eat your breakfast.
Don’t eat again for 2 hours.
Ideally, you’d want to have your water be luke-warm or room temp. Japan doesn’t typically drink cold water, instead they drink warm tea with most of their meals. Cold water can lead to stomach cramps, thus negating the practice.
How often should one go about it?
The practice is best to follow on a regular basis. This pretty much means every day, but there are certain time frames to follow according to certain ailments. Here’s a short list of how long you can expect to follow the regime for selected issues:
High blood pressure – 30 days
Gastritis – 10 days
Diabetes – 30 days
Constipation – 10 days
Cancer – 180 days
People who suffer from arthritis should do the therapy for only three days in their first week, and then progress to a daily treatment.
If it is difficult to start out with so much water, start with a smaller amount and work up to drinking all four glasses. Once your body adjusts to being hydrated that early in the morning, you might find yourself craving more water as you go along.
How does this compare to other traditional water therapies?
I had no idea that India also has a water therapy regime to follow, but it tasks you with drinking 1.5 liters of water on an empty stomach, which isn’t exactly what you should be doing that early. Called Usha Paana Chikitsa, it will push your kidneys beyond what they should be handling. Only capable of processing up to 1,000ml of water an hour, downing a liter and a half before brushing your teeth will put them far beyond capacity.
If you’re drinking too much water at any time, a condition called hyponatremia can rear its ugly head. Essentially, your sodium levels are getting too diluted in your blood, causing blood pressure to drop. Sometimes attributed to other medical conditions, it pops up when people flood their system with too much water at once. Your cells start to expand, and take up more room in your circulatory system. Which is normally just cool those blood cells, but not for brain cells. So, oops, coma and death can occur as a result. Moral is, drink your water slowly and not all at once.
That’s what makes the Japanese way of going about empty stomach water therapy is a better approach. It has no known side effects, and appears to add only healthy benefits to your life. Japan does have some of the oldest people in the world, so it’s worth taking note and trying it out for yourself!
This was inspired by an amazing article here