The (early) hours in the morning are the ‘’golden hours’’. A lot can be done before starting the day. Oil pulling, drinking lemon water, dry brushing, meditation/praying and squeezing in a quick work out are all examples of how to start your day healthy and set the tone for the rest of the day. According to the Japanese we should add one more very healthy habit, the Japanese water therapy. For decades the Japanese have been drinking water first thing in the morning on an empty stomach.
Drinking water is of course generally good for our health. Water is a great source of life and it is a necessary element for every cell and function in our body. There is no life without water. There have been scientific studies on the effects of drinking water for years.
What is the Japanese water therapy?
Japanese traditional medicine recommends drinking water just after awakening because of its natural health benefits.
For decades, it is a well-known habit in Japan to drink water immediately after waking up every morning (on a empty stomach) although I couldn’t find any studies on this.
For serious diseases as well as minor illnesses the water treatment has been found successful by a Japanese medical society as a natural remedy in cases of:
fast heart beat
urine and diseases
all eye diseases
ear-, nose-, and throat diseases
The Japanese Water Therapy Steps
What are the correct steps to follow the Japanese water therapy? If you have kidney problem or severe health issues, ask your doctor before starting the Japanese Water Therapy. Here are the steps you need to follow to carry out this therapy.
- After you wake up drink 4 x 160ml (22 ounces) glasses of water (not cold) before you do anything else, including brushing your teeth.
- After you finish your water, you can brush your teeth, but don’t eat or drink for 45 minutes.
- After 45 minutes you may eat and drink as normal.
- After every meal or snack, don’t eat or drink anything for 2 hours.
- If you are sick, elderly, or not used to this, you can start this process gradually that eventually equals 22 ounces per day.
It is recommended to continue this therapy and to make this procedure a routine in our life. The Chinese and Japanese tend to drink hot water with their meals, not cold water. Maybe it’s time we adopt their drinking habits? Also in Ayurveda they are very sensitive to the temperature of their drinks. They believe drinking liquids too cold or too hold can cause many diseases.
Why should we believe the Japanese?
There are some remarkable facts why we should adopt some of the Japanese healthy habits. Japanese have the most longevity life as nation and there are quite some Japanese older than 100 years.
The Japanese Water Therapy, similar to the water therapy in Ayurveda, has been around for a very long time. In fact, the Japanese Water Therapy is extremely popular not just in Japan, but throughout the world. As you know, our bodies are made up of 60-70% water. Hence, when the amount of water in our body reduces, we face health problems since our organs can’t function without water.
Don’t ever overdo this water therapy. Drinking excess water in a short time can lead to what is known as “fatal water poisoning”. What can be considered as excessive water depends on factors like age, person’s fitness level, weight, climatic conditions etc. Too much of a good thing is not good either, and this certainly goes for Japanese Water Therapy as well.
The information provided here is not intended to form the basis of regular medical treatment or function as a replacement for the advice provided by your general practitioner or a medical specialist.
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Is it ok to go to the bathroom first thing before drinking water ?
I don’t think it should make a huge difference 🙂
Thanks for answering I started my first day of water therapy today.
You’re welcome! 🙂
Should it be followed bfre lunch n dinner too or it is enough at early morning
Its been a little more than 2 months for you, how was your experience?
Is it okay if I drink water after brushing my teeth cause I usually cannot drink or eat anything before brushing my teeth or else I will vomit
Thanks alot for answering my question I really appriciate for that but then I have another question,
Is it okay that if I drink more than four glasses or maybe a Liter?
Does water therapy alone cleanse acne and pimples?
Hi Rebecca, I’m not sure, but I would think so. Water in the morning helps me to get a clear skin for sure. 🙂
I’ve been doing this for years and it helped me lose weight and reduce acne.
That is great! Thank you for sharing your experience 🙂
It worked for me. I did it for just 1 week and my face became kinda smooth. I don’t have acne but most of the pimples on my face vanished after the 1 week period.
That’s great news! Thanks for sharing!
Thank you for this. Very helpful! 🙂
You’re welcome! 🙂
so every meal or snack i am not allowed to drink water for 2 hours right?
Indeed, after every meal or snack, don’t eat or drink anything for 2 hours. Hope this helps!
Can we drink water between that
160mls is it not much?
🙂 no, it’s just a matter of getting used to it. I drink even more than that. Hope this helps!
Not160ml.it is 160×4ml
It is written correctly: 4 x 160ml (22 ounces)
Do we need little intake of salt before drinking water
You can add salt in your water, but that is a different therapy. In this therapy just water is advised. However, I drink lemon water in the morning and switch later on to normal water.
Is there anything to add in the water
no, just water 🙂
I’m a racing cyclist and it’s important for me to hydrate, so waiting for hours after breakfast before taking in more fluids seems counter intuitive. Can you explain a way there may be around this?
You could drink more fluids to get started or wake up earlier to drink the fluids so you can have breakfast and go out to cycle.
Hope this helps! 🙂
Some years back I started using this therapy and helped me to clear my nose problem.thanx for that.
My problem now is thigh and back pain..what can be the dose for this?
That is great Kambi! I’m sorry, I’m not a doctor so I can’t help you with that.
Firstly, thanks for your articles. I just found this site and I’m already loving it haha
Quick question, could this method be done with lemonwater instead of normal water or what would you suggest to mix these two morning routines?
Thank you! This water therapy is with water alone. You can do this for a period and then switch to the normal lemon water in the morning again.
Hope this helps!
I am 62 and started the Japanese water treatment today, 8/20/16. At 60 yrs of age I began to noticed significant aches, general fatigue(naps may become my norm) and mood flux. I am a former punter with the NFL that didn’t suffer many injuries but enough to spend years trying it all.
Now I’ve stopped alcohol, accepting what I cannot change and reading good material like yours is the right pattern. (Stopping alcohol changed my moods and sleep patterns for the better.) I will report back after 30 days my findings on the Japanese water treatment. Stand by.
Hope to hear soon from you! 🙂
I’ve been lokinog for a post like this for an age
Is this can help to lose weight? And is this okay for a breastfeeding mum?
Yes, it can but it depends on many more different factors. Loosing weight comes down to what you don’t eat, how active you are and if your hormones are balanced for example. Since you’re breastfeeding I would not recommend a diet or anything to lose weight quickly (a lot) since breast feeding on its own takes a lot from the mother. But I don’t know anything about how you eat and live so please consider this as a general advice. You can always email me ([email protected]) if you need more help.
i’m 24years old and having a condition called “scrotal hemangioma”. i have undergone to a surgery last july 9, 2016. i noticed that the condition stated above is beginning to come back again on my balls. does the water therapy can help? im using ozonated water. hope you can help me.
I’m sorry to read this Leobert. Unfortunately, I can’t give personal medical advise in the comment section.
Thanks so much for the water therapy. It’s helping me a lot.
Please I take 1.5 liters in the morning before brushing teeth. Is this advisable?
How much liters can one take in a day
Thanks once again.
That’s good to hear.
I would recommend to stick to the recommended amount of liters per day for this therapy.
How much water you can drink per day depends on how much you weight, and how active you are. Normally around 1900 ml per day.
Hope this helps.
I’ve been following this procedure- the Japanese Water Therapy since 2011. It does good to my health, I proved it to myself thus I recommend it to all my friends specially those who are suffering from dysmenorrhea and gastric problem. The mentioned complaint were my problems before. Amazingly, I didn’t suffer from it anymore. I used to brought always with me at work Aluminum hydroxide and the likes for my gastritis. Thanks to my old work mate’s fb friend who shared Japanese Water Therapy so then I followed it. This therapy is really true. Thanks for sharing them Bianca!!
Have a healthy life guys!! It’s a matter of commitment to yourself.. Good luck!!
Thank you so much for sharing your experience with me 🙂
started water theraphy this morning will update after 30 days.
add me will update after 30 days
It’s been more than 30 days. What are your thoughts?
Back in 2010. I had gouty arthritis, high blood pressure, overweight at 98 kilograms for a 5’9″ height, arrhythmias, bad eye vision and a daily bleeding hemorrhoids. I was about to have a surgey for that but i refused to be cut so i research and tried this Japanese Water Therapy. After 2 weeks my bleeding stopped and the rest eventually were gone too in less than 6 months. Now i weigh 77 kilograms. Thanking the Japanese people.
Hi Dexter, thank you for sharing this 🙂
Hi I’d like to understand something. If we take this to hopefully cure arthritis, how long do we need to do this method for
hi guys i am using this water therapy since 2006 and it is very help full no sickness no illness no weakness no obessity no hbp no lbp no gastrict probem no eye sight weekness no kidney problem drink daily and enjoy healthy life.
no flue also
That is very nice to read! Thank you for sharing your experience with me!
Hi …should I boil the water the night before n drink it in the morning or just drink regular filter water ?
I think this is a personal preference. Filtered water is fine 🙂
Hi i am starting the water therapy in the morning. I seen in earlier comments that intake should be around 1900ml a day is the water you drink in morning included in that?
The amount of water you drink per day varies per person, but yes the water in the morning is included 🙂
is this applicable also for children? i have 4 ,9 and 10 yr old kiddos… can i let them do this too? Thanks!
To be honest, I’m not sure and I think the amounts of water should be very much reduced for their weight/length.
Thanks for your advice
Please explain how hot the water has to be
It should be luke warm (not cold). Hope this helps.
I am oil pulling every morning and usually perform it before eating or drinking anything. So, will the water therapy interfere with the effectiveness of oil pulling? Thanks.
No, it won’t 🙂
I started water treatment . if any help I will follow . keep in touch.
How many minutes should I boil the water?
I am starting today. I have blood pressure
I don’t think there is a specific temperature. Lukewarm should do.
I started Japanese Water Therapy 2 months ago. I observed that my skin shade has lightened and its soft supple, qulaity of my hair improved, now its not that rough and dry. People tell me that I look fresh nowadays even after office in the evening. I drink 1.5 litre immediately after I wake up in the morning. My total water inbtake in a day has reached to 4 to 4.5 litres. I am 36, my weight is 69 Kg, height 169cm. Is it fine to continue with this much qty.?
Hi Manish, thank you for sharing your experience! Your question is very personal and I’m not able to answer it with the given information.
hi Bianca i read the article and started the treatment before three days. i,m a nursing mom is that be a problem? and after eating our meal we have to wait for two hours to drink anything but does it include hot drinks like tea, macchiato or coffee? tnx
Hi Sosina, your question is very personal and I’m not able to answer it with the given information. Yes, drinking also includes tea and coffee. Hope this helps.
Hi I have applecider vinegar and lemon juice & honey when I first wake up, can I drink the 22oz of water right there together, in two containers?
I’m not sure I think the water therapy should only be with water at the given times and not honey for example.
While water therapy is vastly recommended for disease free life importance should be given to the quality of water intake. Water should not only be very pure but it should be a bit alkaline for maximum benefit.The ideal PH value of the water taken should be 8.5-9 as advised by a physician.But the main problem is to procure such high quality water.
For two weeks on this therapy, I can’t feel the backpain I used to feel.thank you so much Bianca
Oh my, that is such great news! Thanks for sharing!
I am a lady aged 27 weigh 63 ,I am going to start water therapy to today.I will give you feedback in a mnth
This therapy works wonders! No more back-pain, no more dry skin,no more fatigue! I am 53 yo but I feel a lot younger than that! Thanks you.
This therapy works wonders! No more back-pain, no more dry skin,no more fatigue! I am 53 yo but I feel a lot younger than that! Thank you.
I’m happy to read this 🙂
Dear Bianca, me and my sister have started the water therapy and today is our 6th day. I feel less tired and breathe better. I hope that my HBP and Menorrhagia is cured. My sister is also experiencing some form of healing. We will update after 1 month. Thank you.
Thank you for sharing this Jacintha 🙂 Keep me posted.
Reading such valuable comments and experiences of different people, I am also motivated to start water therapy for my weight, breathing problem (asthma) and arthritics like problems. I am 47 with 102 Kg and 5′ 7″.
From what quantity of water should I start the therapy?
Just as stated in the article could be helpful.
does bp control with this therupy
Can I do my water therapy then.. continue to do oil pulling..
This needs clarification. In step 1 it says: After you wake up drink 4 x 160ml (22 ounces) glasses of water .
4 x 22 ounces = 88 ounces, That cannot be right. The sentence does say “glasses”. I think it should be just one 22 ounce glass. What do you say?
22 US fluid ounces = 0.65061765 liter = around 650 ml
160 x 4 = 640 ml
Can’t write it out any clearer than this 🙂
Hope this helps!
You are absolutely right.
One ounce equal to 28 grams approximately.
I am following this theory since last 25 years. No injection.
I am running 68 years. No BP, No diabetes
It was rather unclear. Thanks for your question.
I have started today will update after a month
hi….my name is Robbie from the Philippines. it is ok to drink water while eating for lunch and dinner then no water for 2 hours?
nice question please answer
Water is indeed essential to man’s life. This article is I think credible. I learned a lot from this post! This beneficial to me and I hope you’ll continue to write more helpful things for us.
Hi, is it just in the morning that we have to drink or does this therapy requires to drink at certain interval through the day.
From what I understood it is the morning indeed.
Thanks a lot for your post and responses.
I am 82 years old, and my main problem is fatigue. How much water shall I drink (for my age)?
You are welcome. I guess it would be best to discuss this with your GP.
hello guys.. a lot of ppl wanted to write back after testing the therapy. i am still waiting for your results 🙂
Hi, I have urticaria allergy for two years now, do you think this will help me?
it would be best to discuss with your GP if you can try this 🙂
I’m 56 years old and tired of feeling fatigue. I started the Water Therapy on Saturday the 10/14 and so far I feel better. Looking forward to even more amazing results.
Thank you for sharing! 🙂
Anybody get nauseas with water therapy? I have had this several times and a friend actually vomited 3 times when she did it. Not a pleasant way to wake up!
that’s maybe because you are not used to drinking (so much ) water in the morning. Try to start with less water or drink slower.
Great bcoz constipation is now clear and skin and hair become much healthier but surprisedlye it’s 2 glass
Hi, Is it ok to add lemon to the water in the morning when you first drink it?
I’m not sure, I think so though.
Hi, I am 32 yrs old (male). I am drinking water every morning after I wake up since I started Intermittent Fasting (16/8 Method). It gives a miraculous results, from 160 lbs to 142 lbs in 6 months, notice lean muscle and reduce size waistline from 36 to 31. I do feel clear minded and do have alot of energy everyday. I do believe this water therapy is very sustainable if you really want to have a healthy body. I hope everyone will try this.
Thanks for sharing Francis! 🙂
I have been looking into both of these different methods. So you are allowed to drink this water while still in your fasting hours? It sounds like a good plan!
hi bianca,can i mix water with lemon and honey and drink 1 litre
I’m not sure, but I think the idea is to drink pure water.
IS THIS HELPFUL FOR H.B.P….?
MY B.P. IS 100-160…
I’m sorry Ricky, I’m not a doctor. Better to consult with your health practitioner first.
Can u pee and poop right after drinking water ? I hope it doesn’t messes with “putting right amount of pressure in your stomach” after you drink water.
I think that should be fine. I never read anything about that.
Not sure how to incorporate this water therapy with oil pulling due to tje fact that one is instructed to oil pull before brushing teeth, drinking any liquids or eating.
Hi Kat, good question. I would do oil pulling first, but that is my personal opinion.
Hello Bianca. Happy Easter. As you mentioned it has been the practice in India with a small twist to it, namely, such as adding dates to the water over night, copper vessel usage for keeping the water, but at room temperature. Got interested to re-start the age-old Ayurvedic practice as one of the chat members of a Drs. Chat group recommended this procedure. I will start it next week as soon as I check with my gerontologist in view of my advanced age. Sincerely appreciate your timely responses besides being candid. May God bless you. Sesh
Hi As I was doing Web search on this beneficial practice I came to know from Dr. Srivatsava on YouTube that it helps better to have pH value of water in the range of 7 to 9 (Alkaline). In terms of taking water after food with 45 min gap it is better to sip hot water than cold as it flashes out all the fatty and other stuff for healthy digestive track. As always, please consult your physician and practice under his guidance, lest he or she would feel getting his or her practice affected. Happy Easter to you all.
Thank you for sharing Sesh!
Question; I’m on psychiatric treatment for bipolar, so every morning I HAVE to take my anti-depressant and mood stabilizer. Is it okay to take my pills WITH these 4 glasses of water or would I have to wait those 45 minutes?
I think it’s best to discuss this with your specialist.
Hi, I’m doing this therapy since 1 month, after reading this article. First I’ll drink water then oil pulling, that’s it. I’m not following afternoon lunch method, big change is I was suffering from my childhood severe uncontrolled cough, that now vanished, thank you for your article dear, God bless you!
Such great news Laveena! 🙂
Can I drink water after meal?
Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Or even snack time
After every meal or snack, don’t eat or drink anything for 2 hours.
Hi, this is my first time doing this therapy. But it says there that I should not eat or drink anything after meal. Does that include water? Thanks for the tips.
You are welcome. Yes.
Thanx a lot for the article, I have been doing this for two days, I hope very soon I will see good results as many of my friends did.
I have a question here.
Won’t it be better to brush first and then drink, since before brushing we could swallow a lot of toxic stuff along with the water.
You are welcome Prabhat.
I don’t know if that is better.
I’ve visited your website for the first time and I feel that your work is quite impressive!
GO AHEAD! Helped me a lot!
If we can’t eat or drink for two hours after every meal or snack, can we drink after the two hours with having to wait another two hours?
It sounds like real .
Hi Its Calvin. Reference to the Japanese Water Therapy. Did you say you drink 4 x 160 ml (4 x 4 glasses of warm water per day when you wake up and before eating or drinking anything. Can i smoke before or after drinking warm water in the morning and what about drinking warm water during the day
I believe the article says it all 🙂
I can’t give you tips on smoking and what to drink during the day.
According to it, we have to not drink water for two hours after having food. I wanted to know after how much time should we have our next meal after drinking water.
I believe the article says it all 🙂
According to it, we have to wait for at least two hours to drink water after having food. How much time should we wait for next meal after drinking water?
I believe the article says it all 🙂
I believe the article says it all
What do you think is the best order in which to do them all? Except prayer I can figure out the time for that one.
I’m wondering how to incorporate this with morning exercise. I usually do yoga and it is not good to do yoga or other exercise with a stomach full of water. It makes sense to me to do the yoga BEFORE drinking the water, but the instructions are so insistent that you have to do it right away upon waking up. Do you know why?
I think the reason being is to hydrate the body first thing upon waking before doing anything else.
How do you work this around morning exercise. I do yoga and that should not be done with a stomach full of water. Why is it so important to drink the water immediately upon waking? Can you do exercise first?
I think the reason being is to hydrate the body first thing upon waking before doing anything else.
As mentioned in article i am quite impressed that Japaneses water therapy cures 100% arthritics but i curious that will it be curable for Rheumatic arthritics.
Second thing is i always go for 15 minutes morning walk, so is it recommendable after taking water.
Well i just started this therapy today!!
What is the best order to incorporate all
Am water, oil pulling, dry brushing, lemon water, workout? (I can figure out the praying time) ?
Can i drinl during meals?
is it necessary to eat the meal directly after 45 minutes of taking water, because sometimes due to errands it gets late and more than an hour is passed?
I can’t go 2 hours without drinking in between meals/snacks. Can I sip small bits of water?
i started the therapy today..drank 4 grasses of warm water..straight after that i vomited it all out..wat does this mean??should i stop?
That you drank too much too fast. Take it easy 🙂
My grandma lived to be 103 and drank I cup of hot water every morning first thing. She lived at home had 15 children never had any surgeries and didn’t end up in the hospital until she was 102 when she fell and broke her hip..
I personally have cared for someone in ICU with water intoxication. It takes a lot of water though to get to this point and I don’t mean drowning.
Wow so amazing!
How about taking foodsupplements with water half an hour after my me al? Is that allowed?
I loss 40 pounds and my type 2 diabetes following this water therapy. I added fresh squeezed lemon juice.. Now it’s my daily routine! Never gained the weight back!
Hi I started the therapy few days ago. I understand I’m not supposed to drink for 2h after a meal but how about during a meal am I allowed to drink with food?
I think that should be fine
I added bitters to my water. Bitters cleanse the Liver!
What if you only have access to cold water? Should we still do it.
Is there a way for you to heat it a bit?
I can recommend this article about cold water:
Is it very important you exercise during this? As I find I feel like I’m holding on to the water? Like water retention, which obviously I do not want
Also just to clarify I can drink water with breakfast lunch and dinner but nothing in between for 2 hours?
Thanks in advance
And I hope we all have wonderful results
I don’t understand your exercise question.
Yes, that’s right.
I discovered this by accident… I started drinking lots of water about a week ago for no reason… (I just feel like it), because I think I have been drinking too much sugared water all my life.
I am a 45 year old male…, a week after drinking lots of water daily.. (I have no idea how much though)… I noticed when I wake up every morning… my ankle arthritis pain is gone!!… OMG!!!.. what have I done to myself!! I can wake up straight from bed and walk.. and I don’t feel anything!!…
This made me curious… could be the water is healing me??.. so I googled up a bit and ended up on this site!… I will surely make this a habit from now on!… I WILL drink 1 litre of water every morning before anything else!… and drink plenty of water in between the day… I will report back my finding in a month…, 6 months… and a year from now!…
Thank you for sharing Rosdi! So glad it worked!
I had previous knowledge about Japanese water therapy,but i didn’t feel to practice.
Now after looking through this article i feel to start water therapy as my daily routine.
Thanks for this article and special thanks for all those shared there experience.
I usually work out as soon as I wake up , is it okay to exercise immediately after drinking 4 glasses of water in the morning?
I used to drink 1 litre of water on empty stomach everyday from the last 6 years without missing.
My health and immunity is awesome
Thanks for Japanese water therapy