The Activity of the Ginger Compress – an amazing restorative for all that ails you.
Ginger has many healing capabilities
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 I use it on clients with scoliosis. It is particularly good for moving stagnated chi (energy) 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. It is very effective for those suffering from asthma but will be effective ONLY when dietary recommendations are followed.
Marlene administering a ginger compress on a students kidneys
A 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.
Let the cloths cool slightly before placing on the kidneys
This can be done by using two 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 if you are using it there to relieve digestive problems. The tissues 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. In these images here you can see me administering a compress on a students kidneys.
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 increased urination and bowel movement and some fatigue. Relax after the treatment and drink some filtered water. The compress should be done twice a week.
For psoriasis or other skin complaints place the hot towels from the sternum to the navel so as to cover the whole intestinal tract. This is where the healing will take place for problems with the skin but you must change to a wholefoods plant based diet and remove sugar for this to be effective.
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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