In five-element theory, the spleen is responsible for the proper functioning of the digestive system, ensuring that the food we eat is transformed into Qi — the vital substance of life. Disharmony of the spleen will have symptoms such as fatigue, slow metabolism, water retention, loose stool, and feeling of heaviness.
The liver’s job is to keep the flow of your body’s Qi and blood (as well as your emotions) running smoothly. Our modern, fast-paced lifestyle and chronic stress can negatively impact the liver’s ability to function properly and smoothly, which, in turn, can cause the spleen and the whole digestive system to function poorly and decrease your metabolism. Liver disharmony can also cause some of the “triggers” that lead to cravings and compulsive eating.
A growing body of research supports the use of hydrotherapy in weight loss:
A 2003 study published in The Journal of Medical Hydrotherapy found that participants using hot tubs lost more than three times more weight than the control group.
In a study conducted by the University of Adelaide in Australia in 1998, 95 percent of the participants receiving hydrotherapy sessions reported appetite suppression. The results showed that the hydrotherapy group was more likely to experience a reduced appetite and to lose weight than the control group.