The Activity of the Ginger Compress – an amazing restorative for all that ails you.
The purpose of a hot Ginger Compress is to dissolve stagnation, mucus and tension, melt blockages and stimulate circulation and energy flow. This is a wonderful treatment for injuries to the body, especially the back and is particularly good for moving stagnated chi in the kidneys and the lungs. It also helps heal skin complaints. The heat activity of the compress stimulates the blood and tissue circulation in the area being treated which then facilitates the excretion of the dispersed toxins.
It is effective in dissolving hardened accumulations of fats, proteins or minerals. Examples are kidney stones, gallbladder stones, cysts and benign tumours such as uterine fibroids.
Many types of acute or chronic pain can be relieved such as rheumatism, arthritis, backaches, cramps, kidney stone attacks, toothaches, stiff neck, frozen shoulder and similar problems.
Ginger compress can speed up the improvement from a variety of inflammatory conditions, like bronchitis, prostate infection, bladder inflammation, intestinal inflammations (but never appendicitis). It is effective in relieving congestive conditions like asthma.
When tissues have been damaged, the compress can speed up the regeneration of the damaged area and is also a wonderful treatment for dissolving muscle tensions.
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Meanwhile, grate enough gingerroot to equal the size of a golf ball. When the water comes to a boil, reduce the heat to low, and place the ginger into a cotton handkerchief and tie with string or secure with an elastic band.
The water at this point should be just below boiling point. Place the ball into the pot and allow it to soak in the water without boiling for about 5 minutes.
Place a face towel into the ginger water, wring out and apply to the desired area on the body. Cover with a hand towel to hold in the heat. Change the facecloth every 2 to 3 minutes as it starts to cool off. This can be done by using 2 cloths and alternating them so that the skin does not cool off between applications. Continue the applications for about 15 to 20 minutes until the skin has turned pink.
The tissues of the walls of the intestine begin to receive clean, revitalized blood (if we have also changed our way of eating, and it has to emphasized the ginger compress is a waste of time if we do not). The intestines become revitalized, leading to regeneration of the tissues and restoration of their proper, harmonious function.
As a result of doing the treatment mucus deposits are gradually dissolved and toxins flushed into the bloodstream. The body may show signs of detoxification or may show no overt signs of cleansing other than passive weight loss, increased urination and bowel movement and some fatigue. If they are accompanied with healthy appetite, normal sleep patterns, good vitality and no nausea, these signs indicate the healing process is going well. The compress should be done twice a week. For Psoriasis place the hot towels from the sternum to the navel so as to cover the whole intestinal tract.
Never apply a ginger compress when a high fever is present. As the compresses are very contractive (yang) they are hot applications therefore should not be used on a dense area of the body such as the brain.
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In good health,