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  • Nadwa Zahid

Healing With Water

Water is the driving force of all nature”  Leonardo Davinci


Healing Energy of Water

I read a book many years ago called “The Intention Experiment”, by Lynne McTaggart, where she talks about the power of intention on plants and humans. In the book she also talks about Dr Bernard Grad (1920-2010), a Canadian biologist and associate professor at McGill University. Bernard Grad, is considered to be one of the foremost researchers of hands-on energy healing. His research led him to examine the growth rate of seeds and plants which had received healing. He examined the effect of healing energy on barley seeds to see if they would sprout and grow faster than the seeds which didn’t receive any healing. He then extended his experiment to water that was treated with energy by different people and looked at the growth rate of seeds and plants which had been watered by this treated water and compared it to the growth rate of seeds and plants which were watered with untreated water. “After a group of healers had sent healing to samples of water, Grad chemically analysed the water by infrared spectroscopy. He discovered that the water treated by the healers had undergone a fundamental change in its molecular makeup. The hydrogen bonding between the molecules had lessened in a similar manner to that which occurs in water exposed to magnets.” This was carried out in a double-blind experiment. Numerous researchers later confirmed these findings and found that the crystalline microstructures became distorted during healing due to the changes in the hydrogen-oxygen bond in the water molecules.  


These changes can occur simply through intention alone. “In one study, experienced meditator sent an intention to affect the molecular structure of water samples they were holding throughout the meditation. When the water was later examined by infrared spectrophotometry, many of its essential qualities, particularly its absorbance – the amount of light absorbed by the water at a particular wavelength – had been significantly altered.”


Later, Douglas Dean (1916-2001), a British physical chemist and parapsychologist, continued the research and examined the effect of healing on distilled water. He found similar results and effects of healing on the infrared spectrum of the distilled water.


According to Dr. Emoto, “Informational dirt has poisoned the water, accumulating layer by layer in its memory. If that process were to continue endlessly, the water could lose its mind…But it is endowed with a self-cleansing capacity. This occurs at the moment of phase transition when it vaporises and then condenses and falls as rain…Shaking off the informational grime, water preserves its natural structure; that is the program for life.” In this statement, Emoto may have given one more reason why the water cycle is so important to the survival of not only the planet and the ecosystem but for mankind as well. According to Rustom Roy, a material scientist and professor at Penn State University, whatever water hears, sees, and feels becomes a catalyst for its change as it copies, memorizes and transports information.


Dean Radin, was interested in Emoto’s works and his findings and followed up with his own experiments. “He placed two vials in a shielded room in his lab at the Institute of Noetic Sciences in Petaluma, California. Meanwhile, a group of 2000 attendees at one of Emoto’s conferences in Japan was shown a photo of the vials and asked to send them a prayer of gratitude. Radin then froze the water in those vials as well as samples of control water from the same source that had not been exposed to the prayers, and showed the resulting crystals to a panel of independent volunteers. He had carefully blinded the study so that neither he nor his volunteers had any idea which crystals had been grown from the water samples that had been sent intention. A statistically significant number of the volunteer judges concluded that water sent the positive intentions had formed the more aesthetically pleasing crystalline structure.”


In his book The Hidden Messages of Water, Emoto wrote, “Water is a transporter of energy throughout your body…carried by blood and bodily fluids, it is the means by which nourishment is circulated throughout or bodies…this flow of water enables us to live active lives.” Hippocrates also put forward the hypothesis that “all the human diseases started in an imbalance of the bodily fluids.”  This then begs the question, if the human body is made up of 60-70% water could the benefits of positive affirmations and meditation be due to the frequency of the water inside of our bodies changing rather than due to the re-programming and re-wiring of our brain? Or is it a combination of both? While writing this paper it became clear that it is a hypothesis worth considering. Just like words carry vibrations so do water molecules Therefore, these molecules are affected by all types of external frequencies and energies including light, sound, words, emotions, thoughts, beliefs, etc. Water molecules are unique in that they exist in different forms; solid, liquid, vapour, and according to Jerry Pollack water exists in a fourth phase between liquid and solid. “Water continually absorbs energy from the environment and transduces that energy into work”. Jerry Pollack – The Fourth Phase of Water. Water truly is a miracle.


So, what is it then about healing in all its modalities that makes it so effective? Could it be simply that the vibrational frequency from the healer be it in the form of sound, words, music, intention or even self-meditation and positive affirmations, change the molecular structure of the water in the patient’s body, thus allowing healing to take effect?


Could the scientists like Bernard Grad, Douglas Dean, Radin and Emoto now finally affirm why healing with treated water is far more powerful than intention or hands-on healing? Could it be that the changes in the molecular structure of the treated water once drunk combine and connect to the fluids inside the patients’ bodies at a much faster rate and on a more cellular level, thus allowing for a faster and more powerful healing experience to take place? I can only confirm this to be true anecdotally as I have seen and experienced these results first hand myself.


Due to its therapeutic nature, water has great healing properties and it has the power to heal the mind, body and spirit. Everything originates in water. In all the world religions, water is used as an intermediary that connects man with his Creator. There are many verses in the Holy Quran that tell us about the importance of water, one of the most known verses is “We created from water every living thing.” For many indigenous cultures, water was considered to be the source of life. Water is a sacred miracle that supports and holds life on earth. It is through water that we are physically and spiritually connected and interrelated with all living and non-living beings.

Water connects all living organism on earth together, thus forming a link of information which gets transferred between all living things. At the same time, we as humans are a source of information; we each carry our own set of frequencies based on our thought patterns and belief systems.


Physical Healing with Water – Hydrotherapy


Hydrotherapy, also known as water therapy or water cure, is the use of water (hot, cold, steam or ice) for pain relief management, treatment and to improve overall physical and mental health and vitality.


The use of water for therapeutic benefit has been around since ancient civilizations. Egyptian civilizations adopted bathing rituals as a means of curing ailments. The Romans built spas (solus par aqua), which means health or healing from water, where therapeutic baths using natural mineral water were used to heal their people. Ancient Greeks used water as a healing agent. Native Americans sat in sweat lodges as a way of purifying the body and mind. “Hippocrates dedicated a large section of his work to thermal water ‘De is, a quiz at loci’, in which he which he described the chemical and organoleptic water features, and the effects of hot and cold baths on the human body.” (Open Access Macedonian Journal of Medicine Sciences – Gianfaldoni, et al p.566-568)


Water acts as catalyst to help heal different ailments when used and applied in the proper manner. Hydrotherapy can tone muscles, increase range of motion, ease arthritis pain, improve joint flexibility, relieve muscle tension and spasms, reduce inflammation, support weight loss, ease labour pain and speed injury recovery. It can also reduce fevers, soothe headaches, promote relaxation, reduce stress, lower blood pressure, improve blood circulation, treat burns, detoxify the body, clear up skin problems, clear up sinus problems, congestion and respiratory problems.


Modern-day hydrotherapy treatments include: water jets, underwater massage, mineral baths (balneotherapy, Iodine-Grine therapy, Kneipp treatments, Scotch hose, Swiss shower, thalassotherapy), whirlpool baths, Turkish bath, hot tubs, Jacuzzi, cold plunge (Wim Hoff Method), sauna and stream room. We will be exploring some of these methods in more detail below, what their benefits are and how best to use them.


Hydrotherapy Treatments

1.     Steam Rooms/Turkish Bath


·      Eliminates toxins

·      Lowers blood pressure

·      Improves circulation

·      Reduces stress – lowers cortisol levels

·      Clears congestion (colds, sinus infections and respiratory infections)

·      Promotes skin health - opens up the pores

·      Promotes relaxation

·      Helps in post work-out recovery

·      Boosts the immune system


Sit in a steam room for 10-15 minutes. No more as more than 15 minutes can lead to dehydration.


*N.B Do not use a steam room if you have a fever

*Adopt high levels of hygiene practices when using a public steam room or bath. Wear flip-flops and sit on a towel. Rinse off with clean water after using a steam room or bath.


2.     Sauna

·      Reduces risk of cardiovascular disease

·      Lowers blood pressure

·      Helps heal arthritis

·      Alleviates headaches

·      Helps in flu recovery

·      Boosts the immune system

·      Reduces the risk of stroke

·      Reduces oxidative stress

·      Lowers inflammation

·      Reduces risk of dementia

·      Reduces risk of Alzheimer disease

·      Improves breathing in asthma patients

·      Improves breathing in patients with chronic bronchitis

·      Reduces the risk of pneumonia

·      Reduces pain of musculoskeletal disorder (osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia)

·      Helps with psoriasis (removes hyperkeratotic scales)

·      Helps lower cholesterol levels (LDL)

·      Reduces chronic pain

·      Can help treat depression



Wear a towel and sit in the sauna for 5-20 minutes.

*Recommended sauna temperature is 80-100 ℃ at the head level.

*Sauna humidity should be around 10-20%

*For best results use a sauna 4-7 times per week

*Saunas are safe and can be used for patients with cardiovascular disease provided it is used sensibly and for an appropriate period of time

*Do not use the sauna with alcohol

*Do not use if you suffer from coronary artery disease


3.     Hot Shower/Baths

·      Reduces Stress

·      Stimulates circulation

·      Relaxes the body

·      Eliminates fatigue

·      Reduces muscle spasms

·      Induces perspiration

·      Relieves congestion


*Water jets from the shower can be used to massage sore muscles

*Lavender essential oil can be added to a bath to promote relaxation and ease stress


4.     Cold Shower/Baths


·      Reduces fevers

·      Increases energy levels

·      Increases vitality

·      Reduces swelling and inflammation



5.     Steam Inhalation


·      Clears nasal congestion (cold, flu, seasonal allergies)

·      Clears sinuses

·      Clears the skin pores

·      Treats respiratory infections

·      Helps clear bronchitis

·      Sooths throat irritations


Fill a bowl or basin with steaming hot water bend your head over the bowl, keeping your face a few inches away, be careful not to burn yourself. Cover your head with a towel and inhale the steam for 5-10 minutes.


*N.B you can add 5 drops of essential oils to the hot water to help with the following:

o   Eucalyptus for colds and congestion

o   Tea tree oil for bronchitis and sinus infections

o   Sandalwood, cedarwood and frankincense for sore throat

o   Lavender and thyme for cough


6.     Hot Packs/Compress

·      Reduces muscle pain

·      Helps treat abscesses



Soak a clean towel in a bowl of ice and steaming hot water and apply to the area (be careful not to burn yourself). When the towel is no longer hot, resoak the towel and reapply. Use gentle pressure with your hand.

7.     Cold Packs/Compress

·      Reduces swelling

·      Reduces bruising

·      Brings down fevers

·      Reduces inflammation


Soak a clean towel in a bowl of ice and cold water and apply to the area. When the towel is no longer freezing cold, resoak the towel and reapply. Use gentle pressure with your hand.

8.     Hot Foot Baths

·      Migraines

·      Headaches

·      Cold and Flu

·      Allergies

·      Sinus



Soak your feet in warm water for 10-15 minutes (make sure the water covers your feet fully). Add hot water if the water starts to cool. Lift your feet from the bath, bucket or basin, rinse them in cold water and cover with warm socks.


*N.B make sure the water isn’t too hot as not to scold yourself.


9.     Epsom Salt/Magnesium Soak


·      Soothes rheumatism

·      Soothes arthritis

·      Reduces swelling

·      Relaxes muscles

·      Relieves tension and cramping

·      Eliminates toxins from the body



Dissolve 250g (2 cups) of Epsom salts or magnesium flakes to a bowl of boiling water, then add it to a warm bath. Soak in the bath for 20-30 minutes. For optimal results do this 2-3 times per week.


*Can be used as a foot soak to ease pain and help relax tired feet

*Magnesium flakes can be used to heal skin conditions including psoriasis

10.  Whirlpools, Jacuzzis and Hot Tubs

·      Helps heal injuries

·      Helps regain muscle strength

·      Heals muscle pains and spasms

·      Sooths joint pain


*The Arthritis Foundation set up an Aquatic Program to treat patients with osteoarthritis.



*If you are pregnant, nursing or suffer from any chronic illness check with your health care provider before using any hydrotherapy treatment or essential oils.



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