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Maine, by Alexa Fleckenstein

This is the spot in Maine where we dip into the cold ocean after a hot sauna.

Hope you noticed the snow! Yes, we go into the water summer and winter. No, you don't die of exposure (it's less than a minute).

Beautiful, and it strengthens the immune system!

Persepolis, by Fabien Dany

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Hi there,

I'm just wondering if it's ok for diabetics (also borderling HBP) to have a cold shower?



I am 16 year old male and I was wondering if taking cold showers has any benefits. My family members shower with hot water and when its my turn there is only cold water left (Not freezing though). Can anything good come out from this? Thanks in advance.

Taking a regular cold shower will certainly invigorate your body!

The only caution I would advise is if you have sinus problems. In that case I would not apply cold water to scalp or hair. At your age you are unlikely to suffer from high blood pressure and/​or arterial diseases, which are the two other contraindications.

When I was young, I was in the same situation: For nearly two years, I lived in an apartment without warm water. Did me good!

Always start at your feet and slowly work your way up to shoulders and neck. If you have no sinus problems, there is no harm in washing your hair with cold water.

Soon, you will feel how good this does you - and it will become a lifelong habit!

All the best!

Alexa Fleckenstein M.D.

Sebastian Kneipp (1821 to 1897)

Sebastian Kneipp - the man who invented the cold water cure and founded the self-help movement

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Have there been any studies on the benefits of water for those battling chronic pain?

Hello Dr. Fleckenstein!

I have a strong interest in learning more about the benefits of cold water. Could you please tell me more? Thanks so much!

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Chronic pain

To give you good advice, I would need to know what kind of chronic pain you have. Did you find any of my older blog topics relevant for yourself?

Many times, chronic pain can get better with better diet (especially, no dairy and no sugars, sweeteners) and moderate movement. Yoga, adjusted to your limitations, might give relief.

If you can afford a light massage, I usually recommend Trager. For some people, Reiki is relaxing - and one can even learn to do Reiki on oneself.

It always helps to work up any hurts from childhood, either with therapy or - what I like better - talking it through with friends or writing a journal.

My wishes go out to you!

Alexa Fleckenstein M.D.

Female figure (blolo bla) Unidentified artist, Baule peoples, Côte d'Ivoire, 20th century Wood, pigments Hien H. Nguyen Collection Museum of Fine Arts Boston

Stinging nettle (Urtica dioica), by Ben Cody

Blue Ocean, by Xin Liu