by Dr. Lawrence Wilson

February 2019, LD Wilson Consultants, Inc.


All information in this article is solely the opinion of the author and for educational purposes only.  It is not for the diagnosis, treatment, prescription or cure of any disease or health condition.


            The cold sitz bath is a deceptively simple healing procedure that can help shrink and enlarged prostate gland and, with a modification, can help heal anal fissures.




            You will sit in an inch or so of cold water.  The cold water brings extra blood to the prostate and anal areas of the body.




            Preparation.  Two methods are possible:


1. The bathtub method.  Put about two inches of cold water in a bathtub. If your tap water is not cold because it is summer or you live in a warm climate, then you will need to add some ice cubes to the water so that it is cold.   

2. The pan method.  An alternative method is to sit in a shallow baking pan or other metal or plastic pan that large enough to sit in (at least one foot in diameter).

The pan needs to have sides that are at least 1.5 inches high to hold the water.  Fill the pan with cold water.  If your tap water is not very cold, add some ice cubes to make it and keep it cold.

            Take off pants and underpants, but you can keep your shirt or sweatshirt on.  Sit comfortably in the bathtub or pan for 15 to 20 minutes.  Do not go longer than this.

Repeat the procedure several times daily, up to 6 or 7 times daily spread out with several hours between sessions.  Keep up the procedure for several days, at least.  The procedure is very safe, so you can continue it for as long as you need to do so.

It will not work in all cases of prostate enlargement because it will depend on the cause of the enlargement.  If enlargement is caused by extreme toxic metal poisoning, for example, then other methods will be needed, as well.  However, it often helps and is simple, inexpensive and much safer than using drugs or surgery. 




            For healing anal fissures, the procedure is the same except one adds Epsom salts to the tub or pan.  This relaxes the tissues in the area and helps them heal.  For details, read Anal Fissures and Fistuals.



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