A topical herbal preparation that is used as a warm, moist compress to relieve pain and inflammation. It acts to stimulate blood circulation, draw abscesses, tone muscle, warm stiff joints and rejuvenate tissues. Fomentation is used to treat rheumatism, gout, osteoarthritis, pleurisy and other diseases caused by vitiation of blood.

A quaint term for the application of a hot pack or the material that is thus applied. It is derived from the Latin word “fovimentum,” meaning “a warm application.”


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