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Hydrotherapy (Kneippism)

      Sebastian Kneipp's main contribution to medicine was his development and introduction of the practice of hydrotherapy. This technique, still used today, originally involved the application of cold water (as in cold bathing and walking barefoot in the morning dew). Since then, the types of water treatment have varied from gentle striking with wet towels to immersion in the most sophisticated electronically controlled hydrotherapeutic pools. Kneippism also involves the use of herbs. Kneipp's ideas were published in 1887 in his book Meine Wasserkur—a book that has been translated into many languages.
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