May 6, 2015 | Posted in Concepts in Anthroposophic Medicine, News, Nursing Treatments, Symptoms and Treatments

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Skills are often best shown through a visual presentation. Videos of compresses are collected at a special link:   Instructions are easy to print and are meant to be used in conjunction with the video. Here are the links for each instruction:

Lemon calf wrap for fever,

Ginger compress for arthritis,

Horseradish compress for sinusitis,

Onion compress for earache.

You will find reference to the compresses in the Symptoms and Treatments topic which is relevant, eg Earache article has a link to onion compress video and handout.

Some cautions apply in working with compresses, what we might call common sense.

Seek an anthroposophic nurse as best possible source for compresses.
If you do the compresses yourself, calm your inner space, and be well organized.
Do not overheat the water, or overfill the bottle.
Use small hot water bottles, eg infant size or child size, for smaller body size if you are applying the hot water bottle directly to the person’s body.
Make sure you can hear the person if he/she needs anything during the rest time.
Rest is supportive to healing. Be attentive to the peacefulness of the surroundings.
Other treatments may be needed. Care for illness should be under the supervision of a trained healthcare provider.

The Source: anthroposophic nursing

Unique in today’s nursing world, the skills of an anthroposophic nurse focus on the healing carried from one human to another through conscious use of touch, warmth, and substances from nature.
Compresses, inhalations, baths, wrapping to conserve and promote warmth — these are powerful tools of healing when derived from a deep understanding of nature and the human being, which Rudolf Steiner brought.
Because the compresses use common items (lemon, onion, hot water…) they can be applied for home use.  It is a gift to be able to relieve an earache with such a simple thing as an onion compress, or a congested sinus area with a grated ginger root or horseradish compress.

See Value of external applications.

See Art of nursing through the heart of anthroposophy.

See Working together for healing


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