I've copied, translated (with the translation tool) and edited, as best I could, a French ekopedia.org article which includes the contributor's Antidote Bath (Les Bains Dérivatifs) technique with its guidelines. It is a detoxification and fat-shedding procedure using cold water or a freezer-gel pouch (can use the sports gel packs) and friction.Les Bains Dérivatifs: The Antidote Bath
[/size] Principles to respect
*Cool the area of the pubis and the groin using cold water (but not freezing) for a length of time depending on the age and the weight (see below);
*Accompany the cooling procedure with a movement from the top the groin to the bottom, using a bath mit, [washcloth]
or a soft bath sponge (standard natural sponge); (do not use the a shower or jetstream). Rub very delicately (the skin at these places is very thin and sensitive to irritations!).
*In order not to become chilled [or fatigued; italics, mine]
during “the operation”:
-Do not bend or lean overly much to sponge up the cold water (you will be making this movement for at least 20 minutes and are likely to end up with a sore back!);
-Avoid plunging the hand or cloth into cold water, so that it does not overly cool the body.
-One often reads that the feet should not be in water. In fact I think that is especially important to indicate that the feet should not be in cold water. (Personally I put them in tepid water.)
-One should not leave an Antidote Bath exhausted. If this is the case, reduce the frequency and/or the duration of the bath.
-After the bath, warm and revive yourself to avoid becoming chilled.
-One can take an invigorating shower or lie down for a rest.
Practice the baths systematically (periodicly); i.e., not just once. Method
With the above information, you can employ whichever method you like: with the hose at top of a bidet; seated on a chair or a stool with the top of a bucket or a basin; atop a bath tub; and I even read… atop a toilet seat while using a plastic bidet, which may be purchased from certain catalogues by mail, and which one can take along on holiday…) .
What brings me to share this method, from "my house to yours” started with my gleaning of information from here and there, and as the result of multiple experiments. The following method has the merit of being comfortable and practical (not spiilling water everywhere and one even has the option of reading a book while bathing, instead of shivering):
* Place a board across the bath-tub; sit down atop the board.
* Heat the room a little, as not to be cold.
* Put on a tee-shirt or sufficient clothing so as to be positively hot: no shivering must occur! [shivering is alleged to cancel out the beneficial results]
* Fill the bottom of the bath tub with some tepid water (it should not be cold on the legs and the feet).
* In this water, place an upturned bowl, and fill it with cold water.
* Using a bath glove (or washcloth, folded in two so that it might better hold water), over the next 15 minutes, fill and refill the bowl with cold water, and delicately massage the groin with the cloth.
* You might wish to change the water after about 7 1/2 minutes, to ensure the water is cold.
* Do this each morning before the shower.
* One can, for lack of time, use instead, one freezer gel pouch (such as Yokool: http://www.yokool.fr/catalog/index.php?cPath=21&osCsid=eed0bc24472cbf6048a7a2e03e8a01f4
The pouch must be refrigerated or frozen beforehand; one wraps it two thicknesses of paper paper towel or a linen, and wears it as a pad [in the crotch of the underwear; italics, mine]
for approximately one hour.
Using a freezer gel pouch makes it possible to go about one's occupations. It is, nevertheless, best to practice the bath using the traditional guidelines 2 - 3 times per week for the best results. Duration of the Antidote Bath
Newborn: 20 seconds
Baby: 1 minute
12-36 month: 2 minutes
3-6 years: 3-4 minutes
7-12 years 5 minutes
Adult: 10 minutes if the weight is under 70 kg (154 lbs); 15 minutes if weight is over 70Kg (154 lbs).
-Learn how to determine when your body judges when it has had enough.
-Do not be overly strict with the guidelines.
-A 10 to 30 minute session is perfect. One can bathe this way for up to one hour.
-Important: One hour of an Antidote Bath may have the same fatiguing effect as a good cure (or diet); in order to prepare, first have a good rest, or, at the very least, have a relaxing hour or so before the bath!
-20 minutes of this bath are more effective than two 10 minute baths. Frequency
Once or twice per day.
Do not have an Antidote Bath after meals (digestion would take too much energy from the stimulated area).[Stimulation of Fascia; italics, mine]
The "active ingredient" (what makes this procedure successful) is explained in many articles found on the Internet. The Antidote Bath acts by the double means of friction [rubbing action; italics, mine]
and cold [water compresses; italics, mine],
to stimulate the various fascia. A fascia is a fibrous membrane which covers or wraps an anatomical structure. It is a dense connective tissue, very rich in collagen fibers. [see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fascia ]
Fascia enclose each muscle and certain organs; there are also fascia between each, which are interconnective, like chain mesh. It is within these fascia that one can obtain a variety of effects on many diseases, since the entire body is connected together by this fiberous network to the brain, also surrounded by fascia.
This explains the possible improvements to the circulatory and muscular systems, and other results, more or less directly.
According to the various articles available for research, these fascia would have a very important role in retention and, therefore, the release of substances which hold toxins; for example, excess body fat [i.e, which stores hormones and absorbs toxins; italics, mine].
While stimultates these fascia, one (D) activates the natural elimination of these substances stored in small amounts everywhere; the outward manifestation of their release would be, in essence, akin to the unpleasant symptoms related to a previously experienced disease. These side-effects result from elimination of the internal remainders [i.e., toxins; italics, mine]
of a disease which have been stored in the body [see Jarish-Herxheimer Reaction; italics min ].
I did not read anything which refers to “odd” explanations or scientific theories. Qi [ki, life-force energy; italics, mine],
while not being proven, is completely scientifiic and coherent. Effects
There is not yet anything based on scientific research to be found in the proliferation of pages on the Internet, which are mainly testimonies from a number of people. One often discovers a list of diseases compiled by France Guillain, which could be treated by the Antidote Bath. This list was published following interest that [her book]
caused. This list, which makes the bath appear to be a panacea, may come to the point of causing us to doubt the effectiveness of this method! (One is always wary of “miracle” remedies.) Not having had all the diseases indicated in this list (: -), I could not attest to the effects of the baths on each one of them! Consequently, I've copied the list for you, so that you can explore it and try your own experiments. If you attempt it, do not forget to tell us the results (we are not scientists!) of your experiment by updating the section the Antidote Bath testimonies [see the ekopedia.com webpage, linked above; italics, mine].
Acne, Tinnitus, Allergies to the sun and pollens, Angina, Anguish, Osteoarthritis and Arthritis, Asthma.
Bulimia (disordered state of the appetite), Bouts of fever.
Hot flashes (test the freezer gel pocket [Yokool]!), Cellulitis, Greying Hair, Baldness, Constipation, Neck (pains and stiffnesses), Cystitis.
Disordered state of the appetite, Teeth and gums (tooth ache), Dependences (alcohol, tobacco, coffee, “drugs”), Pain (S).
Eczema, various outgrowths, Cold or hot extremeties.
F, H, I, M, R
Urinary leakage (woman: when jumping, laughing…)
Incontinence, Unspecified infection, Insomnia
Memory, Headaches, Throat irritations (laryngitis)
Regulation of weight (weight loss)
The effects experienced are not always necessarily those desired, especially initially. Vis-a-vis the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Augeas]Augean stables”
“, the body responds with ITS
priorities, not with those of your mind!
-Normally, observable effects should be experienced by the end of one week. If such is not the case, either you were not assiduous enough (E), or you should increase the duration and/or the frequency of the baths.
-For weight loss, it seems necessary to measure the waist measurements, thighs, etc, as well as the weight. According to what I read, very often the weight does not change initially, and in fact, “surface fat” disappears gradually.Counter-indications
[do not employ the Antidote Bath under these circumstances]:
*Exhaustion: the total absence of energy, the effect of feeling weakened is the most obvious obstacle.
*Recent surgical operation: It is necessary to wait for at least six months, or up to one year for young person or one whose body is overtaxed. The body needs calm and of rest for the bath to derive the intended benefits. Perhaps is it necessary, after trauma, to first give the fascia necessary time to reconstitute and restore their connections.
*Of course, a person has undergone many surgeries, or one who has a prostheses or pacemaker must be very careful with these baths.
*Pregnancy: If you are undergoing treatment for pregancy, in-vitro fertilzation or other medical procedures, refrain from Antidote Baths for the first quarter, and then take the bath without problem. If you are already pregnant, it should be no problem to follow the guidelines after the last day of the pregnancy [to be sure, consult with your physician; italics, mine
*Also see the following site which gives testimonies and further information: http://fr.ekopedia.org/Bains_d%C3%A9rivatifsInternal Links
(see the ekopedia page for URL links to these three subjects)Care of the body External LinksTechniques and history
A very good page: http://www.bainsderivatifs.fr BibliographyLes Bains Dérivatifs
by France Guillain, ed. France Guillain - ISBN 2268041395
Guillain is a journalist and avid naturist; her book has had at least three publications: in 2000, 2001 and 2002. Guillain organizes conferences througout France and will consider requests.