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In their treatment discriptions, wellness hotels often use technical terms, which are hard to understand for potential guests. We have therefore collected and defined the most relevant terms in our small wellness ABC. A tip: Our wellness dictionary also supports word requests. You don't need to know the exact wording.

Sulfur bath

Sulphur bath - What is it?

Sulphur baths were already known in ancient times as a proven remedy. Today sulphur is mainly used in the form of thermal baths. Here the patient bathes in mineral water with a particularly high sulphur content or in pure sulphur water. Each sulphurous spring must contain at least one gram of sulphur per litre of water, otherwise it may not be called a medicinal spring.

How is a sulphur bath structured?

Several different components contribute to the pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory effect. On the one hand, the muscle-relaxing warmth of the water has a natural effect, while the warming effect is further enhanced by the hydrogen sulphide. The blood vessels dilate, heartbeat and metabolism increase. This increases the blood circulation in the skin, leads to a better absorption of oxygen and minerals and transports the hydrogen sulphide into the blood.

Why does a sulphur bath make sense?

Thermal sulphur baths are well suited for the treatment of various diseases and complaints such as

  • Disease of the locomotor system such as degenerative joint and spinal diseases
  • Intervertebral disc disease
  • Rheumatism
  • Muscle inflammation
  • Improvement of the skin appearance with eczema or neurodermatitis

How long does a sulphur bath treatment last?

The water temperature of a sulphur bath is between 37 and 39 degrees and should last about 10 to 20 minutes. After a sulphur bath, a hot shower is taken to open the skin pores and remove the unpleasant sulphur odors. As a sulphur bath puts a heavy strain on the heart and circulation, a longer rest period is obligatory afterwards.

Sulphur baths are not allowed in the case of febrile illnesses and high blood pressure as well as heart and circulation problems.

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