Can soaking in a hot bath cure a cold?

I’ve been battling with on and off colds this winter. I woke up the other day feeling lousy! All I wanted to do was stay in bed.

It seemed the perfect time to research this idea. Will soaking in a hot bath help me? I began with a Google search and discovered articles saying yes, soaking in a hot tub will cure not just colds, but practically everything! No wonder these claims were posted since these articles were written by companies that sell hot tubs.

Where can I find a less biased opinion?

Then I came across an answer by an actual medical doctor, Dr. Murray Grossan, M.D. of the Grossan Sinus and Health Institute. This is what he said…

Recall that hot tub soaks have been done for ills since before recorded time. Romans had public baths for this. Indians traveled to the hot springs at Palm Springs for therapy. Generally, there is a valid reason for therapies that have endured for centuries.

So, if you were thinking about purchasing a Japanese Deep Soaking bath from DaVinci Spas, you have yet another valid reason for doing so.

In case you were curious; What is the explanation for why a soak in a hot bath can help rid you of that nasty cold? There are four main reasons:

Reason #1: Soaking in a hot bath relaxes you. When you are relaxed, your immune system functions better. When you are anxious, your immune system suffers.

Reason #2: While you are soaking, you are also resting. Rest allows your body to focus more on healing itself of those viral invaders.

Reason #3. Raising your body temperature increases internal circulation which helps bring healing components to all parts of your body.

Reason #4. It is pleasurable. When your mind is happy, your brain stimulates your body to produce chemicals like serotonin that make you feel better.

According to Dr. Grossan, “hot tub soaks are 10 times preferable than going out in the rain to the pharmacy and loading up on pills, nasal sprays, syrups, etc.”

Sounds like a solid argument to me! Soaking in a hot bath is a great way to rest your body and increase circulation.

Many thanks to Dr. Grossan for providing his expert knowledge on the subject.


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