Japanese Water Therapy

What is Japanese Water Therapy?

Japanese water therapy gets its name from being commonly used by the Japanese people and in Japanese medicine. It requires drinking hot water on an empty stomach after waking to cleanse the digestive system and control gut health, which can cure several disorders, according to proponents. Furthermore, the proponents argue that cold water is unhealthy because it can make the fats and oils in your food harden in your digestive tract which will lead to slowing down digestion and causing diseases.

Steps Included

The procedure requires the following steps that should be repeated every day:

  • Upon waking and before brushing your teeth, drink 3/4-cup glasses of warm water on an empty stomach and wait another 45 minutes before having your breakfast.
  • Japanese water therapy must be performed at various times, according to clinicians, to treat different conditions. Some examples are given here
  • Constipation: ten days, 10 days
  • Blood pressure elevation: 30 days
  • Diabetes Type 2: 30 days
  • Cancer: 180 days


While Japanese water therapy is not an effective treatment for many of the ailments it claims to alleviate, drinking more water can still have some health benefits. Furthermore, this therapeutic program will result in weight loss and a reduction in calorie intake.

Increased Consumption Of Water

Using Japanese water therapy means drinking multiple glasses of water a day, allowing you to stay hydrated properly. Adequate hydration has numerous benefits, including optimum brain activity, sustained energy levels, and control of body temperature and blood pressure. In addition, drinking more water can help prevent constipation, headaches, and kidney stones. However, you need to drink more if you're having work pressure, work outside, or live in a hot environment.

Lower Consumption of Calories

By limiting calories, practicing Japanese water therapy will help you lose weight. Second, if you substitute water for sugar-sweetened drinks such as fruit juice or soda, your calorie consumption is immediately reduced, possibly by several hundred calories a day. In addition, sticking to regimented eating windows can limit your calorie intake by only 15 minutes per meal, after which you can not eat again for 2 hours. Eventually, drinking more water will help you feel fuller and make you eat fewer calories from food in general.

Improves Skin Health

The skin is made up of 30 percent of the body's water content, proper hydration keeps the skin supple and flexible, and prevents moisture loss. If the water intake is very low, the skin is unable to avoid the loss of excess water and thus loses its elasticity. The skin texture and tone keep the skin healthy and radiant are preserved by water therapy.

Cleanses The System

Drinking plenty of water allows the kidneys to flush out the system's contaminants and deliver clean and oxygenated blood to the organs. In addition, the skin will not shine until the body flushes the unnecessary contaminants out. Via blood, the skin receives essential nutrients and oxygen, making the skin appear radiant and supple.

It helps in flushing out the toxins out of your body

To flush out toxins from your body, your kidneys need water. The kidneys remove the waste from your bloodstream so that fresh and oxygenated blood is obtained by your organs. The essential nutrients and oxygen are obtained from your skin through the blood. And your skin won't shine unless your blood is clear.

How Does It Work

  • Water therapy recommends drinking four to five glasses of water i.e. first thing in the morning, on an empty stomach, 45 minutes before eating or drinking anything. (If you're just getting started, start with 1–2 glasses and progressively increase the amount.)
  • In addition, most proponents only recommend consuming meals for 15 minutes at a time, with a break of at least 2 hours before eating or drinking some food.
  • Although there are no limits on what or how much you eat for water treatment, sustainable weight loss requires good eating decisions, not just hydration.
  • While you are not expected to pursue water therapy for a defined time, some individuals report benefits within a few weeks to months and continue to practice it as long as they observe outcomes.

Side Effects And Precautions

  • The possible side effects and precautions are associated with Japanese water therapy.
  • When you drink an excessive amount of water within a short period, water intoxication or overhydration can occur. It is caused by hyponatremia in your blood, or low salt levels since excessive fluid dilute the salt.
  • It's a severe disease that can lead to death, but it's rare in healthy individuals whose kidneys can get rid of excess fluid quickly. Those with kidney disorders, endurance athletes, and people who misuse stimulant drugs include people at elevated risk of hyponatremia.
  • To be safe, don't drink more than 4 cups (1 liter) of fluid every hour, as this is the maximum quantity that a healthy person's kidneys can handle at once.
  • Another disadvantage of Japanese water treatment is that it may be extremely restricted due to its regulations on meal timing and eating within a 15-minute interval.
  • Excessive calorie restriction will lead to a rebound in weight gain after the therapy is finished if you are attempting to lose weight. Calorie restriction decreases the number of calories you burn at rest and induces surges in the hormone ghrelin, which increases hunger sensations.

Does it Work?

  • Japanese water treatment is promoted as a solution for a variety of ailments, from constipation to cancer, despite the lack of evidence.
  • Allegedly, the treatment cleanses the stomach and helps control gut health. The consumption of water has a much smaller influence on the balance of intestinal bacteria than other variables, such as diet.
  • In comparison, the avoidance of cold water appears to have just a few benefits. Coldwater reduces the stomach temperature and certain people will have a small rise in blood pressure, but it will not solidify fats in the digestive tract.
  • You should discuss it with your healthcare professional before you start using Japanese water therapy to treat a disease or illness.
  • It is also important to remember that Japanese water therapy by a licensed healthcare provider should not be used as a substitute for medical treatment.

Japanese water therapy includes pacing your meals and water intake, purifying your stomach, and curing sickness. Adequate hydration has many advantages, but any medical condition can not be treated or healed by Japanese water therapy. You can contact your healthcare provider if you are struggling with a disorder that Japanese water therapy is said to help with.

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is Japanese water therapy?

Japanese water therapy is the practice of drinking 4-5 glasses of water first thing in the morning. Long intervals between meals and snacks are also encouraged.

2. Does Japanese water therapy work?

For several illnesses, from constipation to cancer, Japanese water therapy is touted as a cure, although there is no evidence to support this. The therapy is expected to cleanse the gut and help control gut health, but no current research supports this.

3. How to use Japanese water therapy for weight loss?

Upon waking and before brushing your teeth, drink four to five glasses of room temperature water on an empty stomach, and wait another 45 minutes before eating breakfast. At each meal, eat only for 15 minutes, and wait at least 2 hours before eating or drinking something else.

4. Can I lose weight with Japanese water therapy?

Yes, it depends. For many of the problems it was claimed to improve, Japanese water therapy is not an efficient treatment, drinking more water can also result in some health benefits. In addition, following this protocol of therapy will lead to weight loss and it will cause you to decrease your calorie intake.