In 2,000 B.C., Egyptians used hot baths to ease
pain and to relax by placing sizzling rocks into water.
In Ancient Greece, elaborate structures were built around
natural hot springs as early-day hospitals and meeting places. Even Hippocrates prescribed soothing soaks as treatment for conditions ranging from jaundice to rheumatism.
Today, medical research confirms the traditional belief that putting yourself in hot water, literally, may keep your health out of it, metaphorically. Although studies are few and far between, most show definite health benefits from regular soaks in hot water
(100-104 degrees Fahrenheit).