Counseling Sheet

Effects of Temperature on the Body

Agatha M. Thrash, M.D.
Preventive Medicine


long, general

  • increased metabolism
  • increased sweating
  • causes lethargy
  • decreased muscle tone
  • draws blood to surface


  • pooling of blood to area applied
  • decreased pooling of blood to internal organs and head
  • decreased pain


long, general

  • decreased metabolism
  • decreased heart rate and respiration
  • decreased body temperature
  • increased pooling of blood in internal organs
  • increased muscle tone to rigidity

short, general

  • tonic
  • increased respiration rate then decreased
  • increased depth of respiration
  • increased heart rate then decreased
  • strengthens heart muscle
  • increased muscle tone
  • food more completely oxidized
  • increased oxygen absorption (47%)
  • increased C02 excretion (65%)
  • increased vitality
  • increased hemoglobin
  • increased WBC effectiveness
  • increased blood pressure
  • increased peripheral heart action


  • vasoconstriction
  • decreased swelling
  • decreased pain (anesthetic)
  • decreased heart rate

Alternate hot and cold

  • reflex actions of both hot and cold without pooling effect
  • increased circulation
  • vascular exercise

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