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Balneology – The Hot Springs Mineral Water Health Benefits

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The Hot Springs are natural phenomenon found on all continents and many countries in the world.  For centuries, people enjoy the healing powers of spring water.

The practice of using natural mineral water for the treatment or cure of disease is known as “balneology”.
The art and science of balneology is known to the world from ancient times. The water was not just used for hygiene purposes, but also as the healing remedy. The mentioning of using spring water for healing can be found in literature dated around 500 b.c. by Pythagoras, who brought this method of healing to Greece from Egypt. Hippocrates was sure, that the Sun’s energy, contained in the water – the base of the good health.
Using spring water for bathing became very popular in Roman Empire in the 1st century b.c. The word that was used for the roman bath tubs was: “balneum”, where the word balneology came from.
Balneology is a practice that is not well known or widely practiced in the United States and other parts of North America, unlike other parts of the word. However, more and more people are looking for holistic and natural healing cures for many different illnesses, which makes the use of hydrotherapy, pelotherapy, thalassotherapy, and balneotherapy increasing dramatically worldwide, including US and North America.

In  Europe and Japan, the medical science of balneology is already a part of allopathic medical practice and preventative medicine. These therapies are extremely popular in European and Scandinavian countries as well as Japan.

A mineral spring is defined as one that contains a reading of 400 parts/million of total dissolved solids.

Hot springs provide many benefits coming from various physical, chemical and biological effects of the spring water.

The chemical effects are linked to the minerals and other constituencies diluted in the water, which are transferred to the bloodstream from the skin through osmosis.

The biological effects are created by the hydrothermal flora and fauna, including micro and macro organisms in a synergistic complex blending, which support the skin’s resistance and  helps it to self- repair from aging.

The physical effects are due to the warmth  of water temperature and buoyancy (upthrust) which helps open the skin pores, thus improving oxygen flow in the tissue. The heat also encourages the flow of natural sedating chemicals of the body, encouraging muscle relaxation. Overall, these effects create of a sense of happiness, relaxation and wellbeing.

Soaking in highly concentrated thermal spring water brings many healing affects to the Mind, Body and Spirit:

Thermal bathing increases blood circulation and cell oxygenation, which also helps to dissolve and eliminate toxins from the body and bringing enhanced nourishment to vital organs and tissues.

Bathing in the springs water increases body metabolism, aiding digestion.

Systematic hot springs bathing (especially over 3-4 week period) can help to regulate the functions of the endocrine glands as well as the performance of the body’s autonomic nervous system.

Trace amounts of minerals such as sulfur, calcium, carbon dioxide, magnesium, and lithium are absorbed through the skin by the body and give healing effects to various organs and system. Which include strengthening the immune system; physical and mental relaxation; the production of endorphins and more.

Application of mineral hot spring waters can have a curative effect on skin diseases, including psoriasis, dermatitis, and fungal infections, to help the healing of wounds and other skin injuries. See the research of sulfur in the miner hot spring to skin conditions (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15861965).

The high amounts of negative ions in the spring’s water can help to promote feelings of happiness and well-being.

There are many naturally occurring hot springs around the world, some of them associated with volcanic activity such as the hot springs in Costa Rica. The springs resorts Costa Rica have different temperatures, flow volumes and mineral content that can be found in the regions around the Miravalles, Arenal, Irazu, and Rincon de la Vieja Volcanos. New Spiritual and Holistic Paradiso The Springs Resort and Spa Costa Rica will be build with Miravalles hot Springs waters in 2017. 

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