Japanese Therapies – Hydrotherapy and Dietary Therapy

Japanese Therapies – Hydrotherapy and Dietary Therapy

Japanese medicine is growing in popularity, although it is still less well-known in the West, in comparison to Ayurvedic medicine, traditional Chinese or Tibetan medicine. Two forms of Japanese therapies which have been around for many years include the practice of hydrotherapy and dietary therapy.

What is Japanese Hydrotherapy?

Hydrotherapy basically involves using water as a means of cleansing the body and helping to relieve different health conditions, as well as to stave off various diseases. Traditionally, disease has been linked to impurity and unhealthy lifestyle, which is the main reason as to why the use of hydrotherapy is seen as an important approach to health and wellness. Visits to natural onsen spa baths are a very popular part of Japanese life, while bathing is considered a normal daily ritual. The belief that mineral spa baths have natural healing properties is not only found in Japanese culture, as the concept was also a large part of Roman history.

In Complementary Medicine For Dummies, Young highlights key health benefits associated with the practice of Japanese hydrotherapy, to include the following:

  • relieves arthritis pain
  • helps joint pain
  • improves circulation
  • helps prevent colds and flu

Japanese Dietary Therapy – Macrobiotics

One form of Japanese dietary therapy which has hugely increased in popularity in recent years, mainly thanks to the celebrity profiles of its followers such as Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow, is macrobiotics. However, the practice of eating certain foods in combination and avoiding other foods has been used since ancient times. According to Young, key aspects of Japanese dietary therapy, include as follows:

  • eating seasonal food
  • eating fresh food
  • balancing and combining food colours/origins
  • combining food from land/sea/mountains in one dish
  • balancing acid/alkaline foods

Macrobiotics is becoming a popular choice within western cultures, as it has many healing benefits and helps reduce sugar cravings, which can lead to weight gain. However, macrobiotics is not only related to food and drink, with many macrobiotic followers also deciding to adopt a macrobiotic lifestyle where even clothing and furniture is chosen to fit in with this Japanese approach to life.

As highlighted above, along with Chinese medicine and Ayurvedic medicine, Japanese therapies are also beginning to gain popularity. Japanese therapies such as cupping and macrobiotics are favoured by several celebrities, including actress Gwyneth Paltrow. Hydrotherapy has been practised since ancient times, and is recognised to help stave off colds and flu, improve circulation, ease arthritis pain and soothe away high stress levels and anxiety.

Categories: Diet, Health