European Spas Association (ESPA)
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The coronavirus pandemic is the historical time for revival and recognition of the Balneology
European Spas Association appeals to the importance of prevention to prepare immune system for long term healthy lifestyle. A big part of Europe offers natural remedies for an efficient use of nature´s healing resources in health prevention and prophylaxis of chronic diseases. The present Coronavirus pandemic is forcing the international medical community to reevaluate its philosophy and lay the ground for new and more realistic principles to be applied to the post corona era.
Brussels – Csilla Mezösi, Secretary General of the European Spas Association, shows the importance of health tourism related to PREVENTION THROUGH NATURAL REMEDIES in Medical Spas of Europe. In the first part, we focus on air quality, since the two epicentres of COVID19 (China, Lombardia) belong to the regions where air pollution is a general problem. Another unfavorable fact due to our lifestyle, 80-90% of our lives we spend indoors. Most of the negative effects that affect our body, such as electrosmog, are not perceived by our senses, although they have a negative impact on our immune system and can cause diseases in the long term. Hectic everyday life, stress at work, urban noise pollution, sedentary lifestyle, smoking, alcohol and drug use, isolation, loneliness, are just a few of the main reasons for the compromised immune system and health of the population.
ESPA is underlining that the only guarantee against extinction was always and will always remain our immune system: universal, infinitely adaptable to all new forms of future germs and totally reliable if properly preserved and rehabilitated. The coronavirus pandemic is the last call to recognize the importance of the Balneology and spa treatments. Treatments for chronic diseases, detoxification, diabetes, cardiovascular problems, relaxation and lifestyle changes are all means to repair our overstressed immune system and all this are in the domain of Balneology, the medicine with healing water. The European Spas Association calls on all respected medical teams and colleagues in tourism to collaborate more than ever to recognize balneology and medical spa treatments as a real and valuable specialty of international medicine and to consider balneology with healing potential as a profoundly logical healing concept.
Dr. F. Braich, Director of the American Balneo Medicine Association points out that “Balneo Medicine could become the second front in fighting chronic degenerative diseases (CDD) and support the pharma medicine on a better and more comprehensive progression into the future of health care. It is impossible to ignore the crucial importance of an intact immune system, especially now, while the Corona pandemic is afflicting the entire world. Balneo Medicine is a key of the sustainable maintenance of our immune system, that is the only sure chance of not becoming extinct by pandemics and to prepare our immunity.”
The European Spas Association aims to inform about many natural remedies of our 20 member countries offer. Beside different thermal therapies based on natural conditions in each territory, like thermal water, the best specialists in the European Spas member countries can provide information and studies to promote healthy lifestyle, protect against diseases and viruses or cure from diseases while strengthening our body.
Dr. Tatyana Angelova, expert at the Bulgarian Union of Balneology and SPA Tourism and member of the Medical Committee of the European Spas Association is convinced that a “comprehensive climatic and SPA treatment stimulates the sanogenic processes in the human body and reduces the relapse of chronical diseases.” To overcome the adverse effects of the modern lifestyle Dr. Angelova advises “to be clever and use nature´s healing resources at the health resorts, to combine climatic factors with hydro, mud therapy in prevention and prophylaxis of chronic diseases, as well as raising the overall awareness of the population of healthier nutrition habits.” She is convinced that “today the goal is to bring mankind back to nature, which capacity to heal the human body has been used from ancient times to present day. This can be achieved by promoting actively the climate’s light negative ions and phytoncides, natural thermal water which is successfully used as a therapy – either for drinking, externally, as an inhalation or other types of spa treatments. There are series of scientific clinical and experimental data that prove the sanogenic effect of Balneology which may last from 3 to 6 months. It has also been proven that a comprehensive balneotherapy, regularly performed on a yearly basis, improves some types of chronic diseases of the internal organs, reduces relapse ratio and, therefore, the need for a hospitalization.”
Ms. Mihaela Cucu, MD, Director of the Medical Commission by Romanian Spas Association, believes, that for the third millennium people the everyday stress is more and more intense, in the permanent attempt to exceed its limits, both professional and personal. She underlines that “Studies show good results about the Use of Natural Cure Factors and Bioclimate Particularities of Romania for Stimulating the Sanogenic Processes in the Human Body and Reducing the Incidence of Chronic Disease Complications”.
Achieving well-being must be a goal to promote medical spas with full therapy possibillities, like thermal and mineral springs in Europe, salt lakes, mineral and sapropelic mud, mofettas, salt mines and a diverse bioclimate, tonic stimulating mountain climate, which you can find in Romania and other countries in Europe for healing purposes.
What are the effects of ions on our health? The predominance of negative ions (under the action of solar radiation, light, sea waves, etc.) is favorable in high blood pressure, rheumatic diseases, asthma, neurosis, insomnia, also increases muscle tone, stimulates metabolism, speeds up wound healing, regulates the endocrine system. It has general effects in appetite stimulation, increase in chest volume, performance improvement and bactericidal action.
Another natural cure factor with special therapeutic virtues is the natural post-volcanic gases, the mofettas in the Carpathian Mountains (carbon dioxide and/or Sulfur, bromine). The main therapeutic factor is the carbon dioxide in 95–98% percentage. Natural mofetta has the effect of increasing blood flow by CO2 penetration both through the skin and at the muscular level. The action is directly on the smooth muscle of the blood vessels, especially the very small vessels (arterioles), an action that is considered superior to the peripheral vasodilator drugs. The much lower concentration of CO2 in the upper layers of mofetta’s gases stimulates breathing, thus the oxygen transport to tissues and brain, leading to increased intellectual performance.
Therapeutic saline in salt mines like Praid and Turda are improving healing respiratory conditions, one of the main problems of the coronavirus epidemic. The saline microclimate stimulates and strengthens the immune system. It can be found in natural salt mines. The salt mines have healing properties and therapeutic saline are evaluated by a series of criteria such as thermo-hydro-baric indicators (pressure, humidity, air flow), physical air quality indicators (air ionization, aerosol particle concentration), chemicals (content in gases: CO2, H2S, N2, O2, SO2, contained in chemical elements: Na, Cl, K, Ca etc.). The saline environment is based on a constant microclimate, lack of air currents, low level of lung and skin stress, moderate air ionization, absence of allergens and polluting agents, microbiologically pure air, increased amounts of aerosols of sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium.
“Balneology and therapies with natural remedies should be the helper and custodian of our immune system – which in return will ensure our survival in the mega pandemics and directly save us from total economic ruin”, Csilla Mezösi concludes.
The European Spas Association offers a free E-Library with scientific articles about balneology, studies about healing effects for the Immun system. More information: www.europeanspas.eu #europeanspas
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