What are Kidney Packs Useful for?
- Pain when urinating
- The need to urinate frequently
- Pain in the back, stomach or side
How do Ginger Kidney Packs Work?
- Ginger kidney packs assist kidney and adrenal function by strongly increasing blood circulation and movement of body fluids, they can assist with stagnation in these areas.
- The strong continuous heat from the ginger and hot water penetrates deep into the body by dilating blood vessels to, help break up accumulated mucous, fatty and mineral deposits. Ginger also penetrates easily into the body.
When Shouldn’t you use a Ginger Kidney Pack?
- Babies or very old people
- High fever
- If the bowels aren’t moving at least once a day
How do I Make a Ginger Kidney Pack?
- Finely chop in a blender or grate about 4-5 ozs of fresh root ginger (or a good tbsp. of ginger powder)
- Place the grated / chopped up ginger into an old white cotton sock tied at the top (no die on it). If you don’t have one you can just sieve the ginger off at the end or use a nut mylk bag.
- Put the ginger (still in the sock / nut mylk bag) into a pan with 1 litre of clean water. Bring it almost to the boil but don’t allow it to reach boiling point as this will decrease the properties of the ginger. Then turn it down to a simmer for 15 minutes on the lowest heat.
- Drain the hot ginger liquid into a pan and soak some castor oil packing cloth in the water.
- Apply it as hot as you can bear to the kidney area without burning yourself.
- Wrap yourself in a folded towel and pin it round you to keep the kidney pack in place and maintain its heat.
- Refresh the pack in the hot ginger water approx. every 5 minutes until the flesh slows a lasting deep red colour (usually takes 20-30 minutes).
- Use freshly prepared ginger water each time you do a kidney pack.
How Often Should I Use A Ginger Kidney Pack?
- The simple answer is, whenever you feel like! Any time the body or mind is under stress, or you have symptoms relating to urinary problems, ginger packs can be very helpful, as long as the bowels are working well.
- If you want a bit more of a structure, you could use it 3-5 times a week for a month or you could do a course for a week every day.
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