My Water-Cure Tested for More Than 35 Years and Published for the Cure of Diseases and the Preservation of Health

Sebastian Kneipp

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1894 Excerpt: ...week a hay-flower-bath (28 R.) to conclude with a cold whole-ablution, and every day cold half-baths (with ablution of the upper body) alternately with whole ablutions. The good priests recovery was a perfect one, and he lived for 24 years after this cure cheerfully attending to his office as pastor. A man comes and relates: For 21 years I have been ill, and nobody can help me. 2 years ago both my feet swelled and became quite blue up to the knees. 2 holes formed on each foot, out of which ran much matter and blood. When the feet became a little better, the right arm swelled, became likewise blue and holes formed on it. The arm is now better, but I have a tumour and pains in the back. Sometimes my abdomen is swollen, and I feel great pain there. But much worse than my bodily complaints are my mental sufferings. People say that I sometimes speak confusedly. If it were allowed, I should have committed suicide long ago. They also say I was bewitched. Whether this be true or not, I cannot become more wretched than I am. I prescribed: Boil oat-straw, dip a flour-sack in the oat-straw-water thus obtained and slip into the sack, as you would in a pair of trousers up to the arm-pits. Then have yourself wrapped in a blanket, and remain so for 2 hours, after which you can go to woik. The second day dip a coarse shirt likewise in such hot water, w ring it out, and put it on, then the blanket, as the previous day. The third day you take a short bandage dipped in oatstraw-water, for 1J hours. Thus continue for a fortnight. After this time all tumours had disappeared, one foot was cured, the other one had still a little hole the appetite came back, and the peasant had to make use of one of the 3 applications every third day. After 3 weeks, body and mind were completely...