HEATING PAD (DRY HEAT)
Dry heat from a heating pad is the most simple and readily available pain reliever. It can be applied in a number of ways. Special attention should be payed, however, with patients who are unconscious or who have paralysis in the part of the body which is to be treated because they cannot feel the heat, cannot communicate if it is too hot and can, as a result, sustain massive burns.
- Hot brick. Wrap the brick in a piece of cloth and place it on the troubled spot. If moist heat is required, pour hot water over the brick when you take it out of the oven and wrap it in a moist towel to make steam.
- Hot water bottle. A glass bottle filled with hot water and wrapped in a moist towel to prevent it from burning the patient.
- Heating pad with sour cherry pits. This is a great alternative to hot bricks and hot water bottles and has the advantage of being much lighter than them. Remove all of the sour cherry pulp from the pits, wash them clean, dry them and put them in little cotton cloth bags (15 cm wide and about 30 cm long). When it is time to use them, heat them up in the oven or on the hob of a wood stove but be careful because they might catch fire.
- Bags with warm sand, wholemeal flour or sea salt. These bags can be warmed up and used like other heating pads with equally good results.
Heating pads are very helpful, especially for treating toothache, earache, renal and gallbladder crises, neuralgia, etc.