Hydrotherapy: A forgotten Australian therapeutic modality

National Herbalists Association of Australia
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Australian Journal of Medical Herbalism, 2013, 25 (1), pp. 12 - 17
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Put simply, hydrotherapy, also called hydrothermal therapy or medical hydrology, is the use of water, in any of its forms, for the maintenance of health or the treatment of disease. Balneotherapy is a branch of this therapy that specifically studies baths and their medical uses, with a large focus on the healing aspects of various mineral contents (though this itself used to be a subbranch called crenology, which was limited to the science and use of mineral spring waters). Thalassotherapy is another branch which refers to the use of seawater and seascapes for healing.
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