sweat bath


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sweat bath

a bath given to induce sweating.

sweat bath

A bath given to induce perspiration.
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sweat bath,

n 1., a small shelter, made of stone or wood, which is heated with hot stones (to which water is often applied, to produce steam) and used therapeutically. Also called
sauna. 2., the therapeutic procedure in which individuals sit in the sweat bath for a short time to promote sweating and to increase circulation and detoxification. See also sweat lodge.
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Many cultures in the Middle Ages used sweat baths to cleanse, including American Indians, who built sweat lodges for the purpose.
So far, 11 buildings have been uncovered: dwellings, an obsidian workshop, a food storehouse, a sauna for ritual sweat baths, a religious center and a community hall.