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Heating Compress December 2005
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  • Materials
  • Procedure and Hints
  • Precautions and Effects


    Using a Heating Compress is a helpful way to relieve symptoms. These instructions will help you create and use one. You can also link to our website to get this information: Heating Compress

    Dr.Dana Keaton

    Two (2) cotton or linen pieces that will cover the area to be treated

    Suggestions include: Throat --- lightweight dishtowel (not terrycloth) or Cotton scarf folded to fit neck area.

    Feet ----- cotton socks

    Chest --- lightweight t-shirt

    A bulky cloth or garment to cover area, preferably made from wool.

    Water as hot as the skin can tolerate. Ice water or refrigerated glycothymoline

    Procedure and Hints

    Procedure: 1.Soak the first lightweight cotton clinic in hot water, wring it out, and mold it over the part to be treated.

    2.Quickly wrap (or pull on) the wool cloth over the damp cloth

    3.Wait 5 to 10 minutes.

    4.Soak the second cotton cloth in ice cold water and wring it out (or wet it with glycothymoline). Quickly remove the first warm cloth and place the cold cloth over the same area.

    5.Re-wrap with the wool or bulky garment.

    6.Leave this on for at least one half hour. (It can be left on overnight)

    Hints: Wear the heating compress on the throat during the day by using an attractive scarf as the top layer.

    For a heating compress to the feet, simply soak the feet in tolerably hot water for 10 minutes, then follow by steps 4-6.

    A hot shower can be used as the first part of a heating compress to the chest, followed by steps 4- 6.

    After applying a heating compress, follow with other treatments such as a gargle, caster oil packs, or inhalants; then rest until time to remove compress.

    Precautions and Effects
    in bed

    Precautions: Wring dry enough not to drip.

    If the body does not soon warm up the compress, use external heat (from a hot water bottle, heat lamp, or heating pad) or rub lightly over the dressing. Avoid chilling.

    Apply snugly, but not so tight as to cut off the circulation or limit joint motion.

    If worn over 8 hours, allow the skin to dry for one hour and then apply a new compress.

    Effects: Increased local blood and lymph flow.

    Brings immune system cells to the area to clear or prevent infection.

    Reduces congestion.

    Reduces pain and/or itching.