Ginger Compress

The ginger compress is very easy, safe and effective. It works very quickly and will afford relief to anyone suffering from discomfort and pain. It can be used in any part of the body. Some of the conditions it can be used for include back pain on any part of the spine, congested or weak intestines, ovaries or prostate, arthritis, hepatitis, cystitis, diarrhea/dysentery or kidney pain.

ITEMS REQUIRED

  • Pot with a close-fitting lid. The size depends on your purpose, but for general use a gallon size is best.
  • Cheesecloth, cotton or muslin sack to hold the ginger
  • Grater
  • 4-6 cotton towels about 2 feet square plus 1 bath towel
  • 4 pints water
  • 1 ounce of ginger per quart of water

METHOD

Pour water into pot, cover, place on stove, and bring to a boil. Meanwhile grate the unpeeled ginger and place it in the cotton sack, which is tied off. When the water has come to boil, turn off the heat. Wait until the water has ceased boiling, squeeze the sack of ginger so the juice runs into the water, place the sack in the pot, and replace the lid. It is very important that the ginger is not placed in the pot while the water is boiling, as this will markedly reduce the effectiveness of the treatment. The same water can be used for three or four treatments.

TECHNIQUE

Fold the towels so that they are 4 to 6 inches wide, and immerse them so that the edges are dry and the bulk of the towel is in the ginger water. When thoroughly soaked, remove, squeeze excess liquid back into the pot, and replace the lid.

The area of skin over the organ you wish to treat should be exposed. The person being treated should be lying in a comfortable, relaxed position. The towels are then placed so they cover the area of treatment completely. It is preferable to use two layers of towels. These are then covered with the bath towel, which helps to keep the heat in. The temperature of the hot, soaked towels should e as warm as the person being treated can stand. They should not be so hot that they burn.

Leave the hot towels in place until cool, then repeat the procedure until the skin becomes red. Try to keep the temperature of the skin constant. The treatment should last for approximately half an hour; you will know it is working when the patient’s skin becomes reddened.

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