Mental health issues are something that concern all of us regardless of our age group, but depression, anxiety, stress etc have crossed our paths at some or the other time during our lives, directly or indirectly and a recent study shows that hot water baths may be useful in curing depression.

Talking about depression, it is a serious mental health condition affecting millions of people across the globe and there are more than one ways of treating a depression patient, which includes medication and therapy, or both. A new study conducted at the University of Freiburg in Germany, tells us that taking warm baths are a thing to do when you’re fighting with depression. Taking a hot water bath in a tub full of 104-degree warm water, for half an hour is proved to be as beneficial as exercise to battle against depression.

The experiment was conducted on a total of 45 people diagnosed with depression, who were split up in the group of two, one group taking regular hot water baths and the other exercising two times a week for 40-45 minutes. After following this schedule for 2 months, their mood assessment was done by a depression scale and all the patients that took regular hot water baths scored an average of six points lower than they did before. While the exercise group scored an average of just three points lower. This concludes the effects of a simple bath on a clinical disaster like depression.

The exact reason is yet to be researched, but the scientists believe that it has something to do with the biological clock or what we call circadian rhythm of the body. Usually, the people with depression tend to have disturbed internal clocks, which is also in charge for thermo-regulation in our body. Taking hot water baths do improve the thermo-regulation and thereby induce regularity in circadian rhythms as well. These baths also soothe the symptoms and relieve the patients of pain. So the researchers say that, “hot water bath seem to be a fast-acting and safe method leading to clinically relevant improvement in depressive symptoms after just two weeks”, but patients can try it out at their own responsibility .

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