History of Healing Water

Ancient Cultures Have Long Appreciated Water for Its Ability to Promote Health

Water has been used from time immemorial for remedial purposes. The world’s oldest medical literature makes numerous references to the beneficial use of the bath in treating various diseases.

Hippocrates was the first to write on healing diseases with water

The learned Greek, Hippocrates, who lived about five hundred years before Christ and is referred to as the “father of modern medicine,” was the first to write much on the healing of diseases with water. He used water extensively, both internally and externally, in treating illness of all kinds.

The Egyptians enjoyed bathing in the Nile

Long before Hippocrates recorded his experiences with the healing properties of water, the Egyptians enjoyed bathing in their sacred river, the Nile. Pictures of ancient Egyptians, found in the tombs, show people preparing for a bath. The baby Moses was found in the rushes when Pharaoh’s daughter went down to the river to bathe.

Bathing held a prominent place in the instructions that were given by Moses, under divine guidance, for the government of the Hebrew nation. The relationship of bathing to the treatment of leprosy would lead us to believe that it was used for its curative effects.

The ancient Persians & Greeks started to build public bathing facilities

The ancient Persians and Greeks erected stately and magnificent public buildings devoted to bathing. The baths of Darius I (about 558-486 B.C.), one of the earliest Persian kings, are spoken of as being especially remarkable. The Greeks were probably the first nation to use the bath for personal cleanliness as well as for health reasons.

Ancient Romans Raised Bathing to a New Level
Vincent Priessnitz, the Father of Hydrotherapy
Hydrotherapy in the Americas
Hydrotherapy and Holistic Health in Modern Times


References: Back to Eden by Jethro Kloss, ISBN 0940985101