Hydration therapy was first attributed to treating the cholera epidemic of the late 1800s. Today, it is administered by homeopathic medicine practitioners either at holistic clinics or in one’s home. Sessions are generally one-to-two hours in length, and number of sessions are determined by severity of dehydration, as well as one’s general health and age.
Oral solution used for re-hydration consists of water with sugar or saline. Further, some homeopathy practitioners blend certain herbals with water as the solution. Administration is given orally or intravenous. It has been pointed out by patients undergoing treatment for various cancers are often at higher risk for dehydration. Regardless, dehydration occurs when tissue, cells and organs of the human body are deprived of daily intake of water.
Symptoms Of Dehydration
Sources from conventional and integrative medicine agree on the signs and symptoms of dehydration:
- Inability to sweat and urinate
- Weight loss and constipation
- Nausea and weakness
- Confusion or disorientation
Hydration therapy restores saliva, body temperature and stabilizes heart rate when administered. Two other restorative modalities are chelation therapy and plasma concentrate from platelets.
In a 2007 study by the CDC it was found that over 100,000 adults had received chelation therapy in the past 12 months. It is alleged chelation therapy treats clogged arteries (atherosclerosis), treats heavy metal poisoning, peripheral vascular disease and is less costly than coronary bypass surgery. It has been contended chelation therapy can reverse autism and Alzheimer’s disease. The chelation therapy side effects may include a temporary burning sensation at the site where therapy is initiated. Rare side effects include permanent kidney damage and heart failure. The American College for the Advancement of Medicine oversees this modality and its practitioners.
Another restorative, platelets rich plasma, PRP therapy, has been used extensively since the 1990s to promote bone health after spinal injuries. More recently, PRP therapy has been utilized by several known athletes to treat sport injuries. Blood is run through a centrifuge. The plasma secreted by platelets is injected into the injury site where tendon, ligament and tissue are ultimately restored.
The holistic center use an integrative medicine approach to treat disorders of body, mind and spirit. The whole person, rather than the illness alone, is the central feature of treatment. Some rehab centers offer a holistic approach to treating addiction and depression. Physical medicine, massage and nutritional counseling are three common modalities found herein.