Mental disorders

WBC in the cold chamber in cases of mental disorders

Based on the diverse and well-founded clinical experience that the WBC can elevate mood, level excited states, and increase activity levels, the potential use as and adjunctive treatment option for depressive and affective disorders as well as anxiety disorders was investigated.

In the presence of depressive symptoms, the improvement of sleep disturbances was most striking. The improvement rate for difficulty falling asleep was 91%. For sleep disruptions and early awakening, the improvement rates were 98% and 100%, respectively. The symptoms of “slow thinking, lack of activity, anxiety, and general somatic disorders” were positively changed by 80% compared to the state before WBC. The 80% improved condition in the case of depression and suicidal tendencies was sufficiently significant. In affective depressive disorder, a strong improvement/significant reduction of symptoms (gastrointestinal and genitourinary symptoms; digestive and sexual symptoms, hypochondria, body weight, and criticism) could be achieved. General condition, physical condition, domestic/occupational activity, and life satisfaction were improved. In depressive-anxious symptomatology, a 50% reduction in symptoms by could be achieved.

The results lead to the conclusion that in the above-mentioned disorders, WBC can be considered as a complementary therapy option.

Disclaimer: The information on this page is inspired by the book "Power from the Cold" by Prof. Papenfuß. The author states explicitly in his book that the descriptions in his book (and on this page) are not in any way intended to act as a substitute for the careful clinical indication process and the observation of strict safety measures developed in individual cryotherapy centres, or as a substitute for the indication of whole body cryotherapy in combination with other treatments.

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