Hydrotherapy uses the healing powers of water to relieve patients’ symptoms and promote long-term health and vitality. It is an ancient form of treatment, thought to be over 3000 years old. Although there is evidence that it was used by tribal societies around the world, hydrotherapy wasn’t formally studied or documented until the 1700′s. Modern hydrotherapy may be used to exert a direct effect on certain areas of the brain, or on certain organ systems or muscle groups, and usually involves bathing techniques or the strategic application of damp compresses. It offers a safe, inexpensive way to treat a wide variety of health conditions and is often recommended by the professionals at Nature Medicine.