Use of hot and cold water has been an effective therapy for a wide variety of conditions, and is a very powerful treatment to strengthen the healing response during an illness. Hydrotherapy is a core modality in naturopathic medicine. Several hundred years ago, specific use of protocols for healing were created. Father Kneipp in Germany and Dr. Kellogg in the United States were well-known for their use of hydrotherapy.

Dr. Cole teaches simple techniques that can be done at home to heal or prevent an illness. Hydrotherapy can be effective for lung infection, joint swelling and injuries, immune building, healing colds and flu, reducing fevers, etc.

Hydrotherapy can soothe sore or inflamed muscles and joints, rehabilitate injured limbs, lower fevers, soothe headaches, promote relaxation, treat burns and frostbite, ease labor pains, and clear up skin problems. The temperature of water used affects the therapeutic properties of the treatment.