The therapy fish bowl is a common method of fish-based recovery for people with posttraumatic stress disorder.
It involves treating the fish in a bowl of hot water and then placing it in a glass bowl of ice water to cool off.
But a new study finds that the fish bowl treatment may have dangerous side effects, including dehydration, which could cause serious problems for the patient.
“A lot of the benefits we get from this treatment are related to the effects of water on the body,” said Jennifer Raskin, a doctoral student in nursing at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and lead author of the study.
“In a lot of ways, it is more effective in the short term than it is in the long term.”
Researchers found that fish therapy, which uses a bowl or bowl of cold water to soak the fish, could cause severe dehydration.
“It is not just water that is being taken out of the water, it’s also a large amount of water,” Raskins said.
“That water is not really absorbed by the body and it’s not getting absorbed through the skin.
That’s the issue that we see with fish therapy.”
Researchers also found that water intake during the therapy is much lower than it should be.
“We were able to quantify that water consumption, and we found that it’s very low, even though we’re trying to provide water to our patients,” said Raskings team leader Lauren Jankowski.
The study is published in the journal Current Biology.
Raskins and her team looked at the fish bowls in a clinical trial of 20 patients who were taking fish therapy to treat posttraumatic symptoms of trauma.
They found that while most patients took about six bowls per day, the patients who took the fish treatment received only three.
“Our study suggests that there’s a high risk of severe dehydration and potentially serious side effects that we’re not able to see in any other clinical trials,” Rankins said in a press release.
She added that while the water intake of the patients was low, they also had very low blood pressure, heart rate, and oxygen levels.
“If you’re using the fish as an ice-water therapy, then it’s probably safe for you,” Rago said.
The researchers plan to test their treatment on more patients in the future.