What is balneotherapy?

Water constitutes 70% of your body mass, it is vital for you to function properly and when used skilfully it can positively affect your well-being. That is ancient knowledge and that was why people had frequented public bathhouses, hence the name balneotherapy (Latin “balneum” stands for “bath”). But what exactly is that?

Simply put, balneotherapy means any and every treatment which takes advantage of mineral water’s healing properties. You can drink it, inhale its vapour or bathe in it, e.g. taking brine baths. Some treatments based on bathing are complemented with whirlpool massage or water whipping, which makes them more effective.

What do these treatments help with?

They’re used mostly to speed up the body’s regeration after illness or injury. Treatment can also be applied preventively in order to strengthen one’s natural immune system or as needed when faced with muscle or joint pain. Brine baths are known to help regulate blood pressure and improve circulation. That’s why they are recommended for people suffering from circulatory or musculoskeletal problems. Treatments are also applied to soothe the effects of skin diseases like psoriasis or seborrheic dermatitis. Another equally popular type of treatments are sulphide, hydrogen sulphide or carbonic acid baths. Each of them helps with different (daily) ailments and can frequently bring relief from chronic pain.

Natural medicine treatments, such as balneotherapy, are making a comeback. We are now more knowledgeable and increasingly reach for traditional healthcare methods, supplemented by modern medicine’s capabilities.