Cold Shower Therapy for Improved Health

Last Modified on May 22, 2014


Cold Shower Feedback   109  2   

Posted by Joe (Brooklyn, NY) on 04/15/2008

[YEA]  I came across the whole notion of cold showers on this website and I thought the people here were crazy. Then, this morning, for no particular reason (in 'Forrest Gump' parlance), I turned my shower water cold and took the plunge. Yeah, it was a heck of a shock to my system, but after about a minute or two, I started warming up automatically -- likely my own body temperature responding to the cold. After I got out, I felt great. Now, it'll take a few days of this to see if this really benefits me or not, but I've already seen two effects:

a) For some reason, my skin is tingly all over and I can't explain it.

and

b) I was early to work today because of the limited time I spent in the shower (hot showers have always encouraged me to just linger under the steam for as long as possible). Before, showers would last 20 minutes. Today, I was in and out in less than 10 -- and more than adequately clean.

I'll write back again to report my progress. Happy scrubbing!

Posted by Nate (Los Angeles, CA) on 04/08/2008

[YEA]  Cold showers are great for waking up in the morning and actually lifting one's mood. Takes a bit to get used to (heavy breath intakes and shivering) but after you step out you feel alive and then, as you warm up ... awesome! I have been doing them for 4 days now - do it slightly "cool", to get used to it, then cool it down even more. I make it about a 3-4 minute affair. Seems to have cured morning "head fog". If you're new to it - get ready for a rush.

Posted by Scott (New York, NY) on 01/30/2008

[NAY]  Cold Showers: I've tried them a number of times the last few weeks and I keep getting headaches, stomach aches and back aches. It doesn't look like it works for me.

Replied by Leon
Wichita, Kansas
12/28/2008
I agree. The shower does cause me stomach pains, headaches, especially around the sinus area, and lower back pains. When I took the cold bath, the pains seem to go away. May I suggest the cold bath? It works for me, maybe it'll work for you.
Replied by Leon
Wichita, Ks
06/20/2009
Well now I am back to taking cold showers again and I'll tell'ya. No stomach pains or anything else. I am not sure what it could be. Maybe my body's used to the cold showers rather than the cold baths.

Posted by Kayla (San Jose, California) on 01/28/2008

[YEA]  I tried the cold shower therapy and it was great! at first it was really hard to get started the first 3 times then it was easy. i feel really energized after and positive! It's great even in the winter. But dont go out into the cold after taking one.at first i used frezing water and that was horrible!Take cold showers not freezing. afrezing shower make my head hurt really bad and i started to hyperventalate. so yeah im 15 and cold showers were awsome for me:) i say tough it out and just do it!

Posted by Jackie (Toronto, Canada) on 01/01/2008

[YEA]  I must admit, I was very apprehensive as I am not a fan of cold water but all the posts here worked me up. I started with my feet and legs, then arms as I was afraid the shock directly on the heart would send me into cardiac arrest. (I always was a bit of a pain wuss) The horror! It was like being attacked by an army of evil, miniature trolls wielding tiny frozen ice piks. It was especially amplified in the head area. The HORROR but I refused to give up, reminding myself that the body will adjust its temperature, effectively turning my tortured skin into a barrier between me and the evil trolls. I couldn't take it, and opened my mouth to scream in surrender when amazingly, a loud horribly off key opera roared forth. T'was just the ticket. I sang like never before, turning round and round reaching a singing ferver when something strange began happening. The water didn't hurt anymore and in fact, began to feel wonderfully refreshing. The singing continued and I actually began enjoying the whole experience! I washed and sang feeling energized as I pictured the evil trolls swooshing away down the drain. After jumping out of the shower, I vigorously dried myself off delighting in the wakeful feeling of aliveness that soared my spirits. I shall see how long this lasts and seriously consider attempting another one before bed tonight. Thanks all for this wonderful site! Oh and a question...is there a time limit for the cold shower before it starts to adversly affect one?

Replied by Kevin
Rochester, NY
09/16/2008
Great visual! I never thought to sing opera in the shower. I'll have to try that. ha.
Replied by Zach
Saginaw, Texas
10/01/2009
[YEA]   I sang along to music in my cold shower this morning, I think it helped distract me from the cold lol, and it's fun trying to sing while you're body is trying to make you breath in and out so fast!
Replied by Kathy
Dubois, Pa
10/02/2009
I tried the cold-shower thing a couple of times and I made noise, too, but I wouldn't call it singing...more like howling, or shrieking ;)

Posted by JUANITA WADE (BASKING RIDGE, NEW JERSEY) on 11/26/2007

[YEA]  HI, I JUST WANT TO SAY THAT I AM SO GLAD FOR THIS SITE. I TRIED THE COLD SHOWERS AND REALLY LOVE THEM, I HAVE BEEN TAKING THE COLD SHOWERS FOR A MONTH AND REALLY LOVE IT.SO I WILL NOT BE GOING BACK TO HOT SHOWERS, I AM HOOKED. THANK YOU FOR THE SITE.


11/26/2007
HI, AGAIN, JUST WANT TO SAY AFTER I GET OUT OF THE SHOWER, I FEEL SO GOOD AND HAVE LOTS OF ENERGY.

Posted by Alexa Fleckenstein M.D. (Brookline, MA) on 11/25/2007

[YEA]  It seems, the one really important word has been left out of my message: "Ultimately about 20 to 30 SECONDS, but depending very much on age, fitness, body mass, time of the day, health status. We don't all have to be winter swimmers - but our modern life lacks the stimuli of the natural world we experienced in prehistoric times, and a short cold shower can restore some of our birthright." Finishing a warm/hot shower with a cold one for a few seconds improves immune function overtime. Staying under a cold shower for prolonged time (and then walking into a cold room) can suppress the immune system - especially if you are not young and healthy. And, please, refer to the contraindications and cautions in my water book "Health20".

Replied by Lisa
Lafayette, Lah
09/10/2011
Dear Dr. Fleckenstein: I have your book, and as I read it, the one thing that stood out is your constant reference to your belief that we have evolved from specks in the ocean to the complex, awesome human beings that we are now. You repeat that over and over, and in my opinion, it makes it harder to take anything else that you say seriously. You can't really believe that nonsense. God did not make specks in the ocean that aren't still there today. We are made in his image, and He certainly isn't a speck. Now, as for cold showers, I have begun taking them, and they are invigorating. My hair is definitely shinier. Thank goodness I'm not a speck, or a shower of any temperature would just wash me right down that big ole drain. Cold showers, after a warm one, are highly recommended for more energy, and whatever it does inside my complex, wonderfully, fearfully made body that I can't see!

Posted by Sandy (In the sticks, Nevada) on 11/24/2007

[YEA]  The cold shower therapy works really well for lifting my mood and making me feel alive. I am doing many other therapies, but I believe that the cold showers are the reason I have been so happy the last few months and have experienced moments of amazing joy that occur out of the blue and for no particular reason. I get cold easily and so starting this therapy made me question my sanity. I have to say that I started with cold showers in August of this year and that it is much easier to take cold showers in the summer than now! Even in the summer however, I was never able to stay in the shower until I felt warm. Now that it is winter, if I am even slightly chilled before I get in the shower, I will take a warm shower and gradually throttle it down so that I end the shower with a cold rinse. I think having the bathroom warm is important if you are going to try this therapy.

Posted by Alexa Fleckenstein M.D. (Brookline, MA) on 11/07/2007

[YEA]  I am fascinated how people stay under an ice-cold shower for a prolonged time. But as a physician and somebody who is using cold water for all of her life, I want to say that one can reap the benefits of cold water also in a shorter time: Just ending a hot shower with a few seconds improves immunity, heart and lung health, boosts the mood. Ultimately about 20 to 30, but depending very much on age, fitness, body mass, time of the day, health status. We don't all have to be winter swimmers - but our modern life lacks the stimuli of the natural world we experienced in prehistoric times, and a short cold shower can restore some of our birthright. My new book "Health20" may help you and Mother Earth to better health (McGraw Hill, February 2007). No, it's not "Health Twenty" but "Health Two O" like in "H20" (water), and it tells you about the myriad health benefits of water - inside and outside, warm and cold. Because we haven't even dipped into the healing power in water! Water greetings! Alexa Fleckenstein M.D.

Posted by Eddie (Minneapolis, USA) on 10/24/2007

[YEA]  Taking cold showers in the morning is a good feeling. also at night with the cool fall air, open your windows and get the full benefit of your cold showers.

Posted by Putranto Sangkoyo (Jakarta, Indonesia) on 10/15/2007

[YEA]  I am very delighted to read all the good positive stories about cold water shower healing. Allow me to share my story.

I am a Moslem (from Indonesia), and the month of Ramadhan (fasting) was just over. For those not familiar with this, Moslems fast for 30 days during the Ramadhan month, every day, wake up at dawn (around 3 AM), have meal, fast during the day (no drinking no eating no sex), and break the fast at around 6 PM.

I have this problem with my right leg knee, it gives me pain when I bend during a prayer. For one month of Ramadhan, I "practiced" the cold water shower each time I wake up, at around 2:30 AM. After that, I pray (the so called "night prayer"), and have meal. To the best of my knowledge there is no reference in Al Quran about taking shower at "night", although there is the so called "night prayer" which is not obligatory, but very strongly advised for Moslems, and it takes time somewhere between 2:30 and 3:30 AM. We call it the "last one-third of the night".

I just felt I had to heal myself this way, because I heard many times especially from elders and those "natives" coming from rural villages, of cold water shower "healing", which normaly takes time between 2 and 4 AM. Many people here say, it's not healthy to take shower at night, before 12 AM, but it's healthy if taken after say, 1 AM. Some martial arts practitioners here do take shower after evening/night training, at around 1-2 AM or later. I had a friend who literally couldn't walk, not paralyzed but pain in both his legs (thigh), was eventually healed, Praise Allah, could walk (and run) normally again after spending about a month or so taking cold water shower from a well (using bucket / dousing) every night (at around 3 AM).

Back to myself, Praise Allah, after 30 days of night cold water shower, I do feel better now. I can bend my knee again, with less pain.

Perhaps someone have an explanation about the "state" of water during the night, especially between 2 and 4 AM ?

Posted by Dylan (Galway, Scotland) on 09/25/2007

[YEA]  yeah after trying a few cold showers we are totally addicted to it!! good for staying up at night during exam times. as foreign students we are broke after the bill skyrocketed this summer, i have made a deal with my flatmates to turn off the water heater from now on. means we only have cold water to use into the winter !! we shall see who can last the longest..i even placed a bet that i wont turn it on again.. not until next year..

Posted by Remy (Buffalo, NY) on 09/22/2007

[WARNING!]  Please tell website users that they have to be very careful if they have low body weight and use the "cold shower" method to alleviate depression. I have low blood circulation and several health problems because I am suffering and losing to an eating disorder. Cold showers can be dangerous!

For people who are "underweight" it may be a good idea by slowly decreasing the temp. each time you take a shower, followed by taking your temperature afterward.

Core Temp. Side Effect
95 Shivering
90 Confusion
85 Lethargic
80 Coma
78 Death

Measuring the length of the shower is important, as the longer you expose your self to cold water, the lower your body temperature will drop.

I hope this helps, and as always; if you think you may have an eating disorder, you may have one, or develop one!

Replied by Leon
Wichita, Ks
06/22/2009
I weigh 162 lbs., medium build, and have never had hyperthermia from a cold shower. Maybe it's because when I shower I wet my head and i feel this warmth when i get out. You should try that. It makes take a cold shower easier.
Replied by Henry
Texas, Tx
06/20/2010
162 lbs with a medium build is far from being underweight with an eating disorder. People that are underweight with eating disorders would have a frail build and closer to 70-100 lbs.

Posted by Jody (Portland, ME) on 09/11/2007

[YEA]  I came upon this site and now I think I am hooked on this idea of cold showers instead of hot. I took one last night and one this morning and I am feeling the effects already. This morning I took a cold shower when I arrived at work after biking in and it seemed to really wake up my senses to get me ready for the day. I really enjoy cold water swims so I knew I would enjoy these cold showers as well. I am going to take one at night and one in the morning from now on.

Posted by Mike Creauxwave (Cincinnati, ID) on 09/08/2007

[YEA]  I TOOK A COLD SHOWER BEFORE BREAKFAST (ON AN EMPTY STOMACH) AND IT INSTANTLY CURED MY LOOSE STOOLS. MOREOVER, IT CURED MY LOOSENED HEAD ACHES AND NAUSEA FOREVER. DROWSINESS, ACNE, ORANGE, STIFF JOINTS, LOOSE AND STIFF STOOLS, SORE THROATS, FEVERS, STRESS, TIRED BLOOD, HAUNTED. I HAVE ALSO BEEN LOSING WEIGHT AT AN ALARMING RATE. GOUT.


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