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Schroth Cure

Like the haulage contractor, Sebastian Kneipp, Johann Schroth (1798-1856) tested his treatments on himself. He noticed that sick animals refused food and drastically reduced fluid consumption. Consequently, he assumed that the body’s immune system and self-healing power are activated through fasting. Fasting allows the body to recover in a natural way from the inside.

The Johann Schroth healing method is based on four rules:

    Schroth diet
    Schroth wrap
    Schroth drinking regulation
    Relaxation and exercise

The Schroth diet is the main element of the Schroth cure. Food should be easy to digest to speed up the digestive process. Cooked or steamed vegetables and puréed fruit are easier to digest than raw food.  Rice, pearl barley, seeds, semolina, dried plums and apricots and special cure cakes are also offered.

Guests will be woken up every morning (except Sundays) around 4am by a specially trained person who will serve a hot herbal tea. Approximately ten minutes later the body is wrapped in a cold linen sheet and covered with dry warm blankets. To speed up the warming process, three hot water bottles are added to the wrap. The wrap strengthens the immune system, soothes, helps ease tension and relaxes the organs.

Following medical advice, healing water, teas, fruit juices as well as dry natural white and red wines are offered. This leads to intense tissue drainage and stimulates the self-healing process. Both relaxation and exercise, preferably in the fresh air, contribute to an optimum recovery of the body and mind.

The Schroth cure can be used to treat diabetes, heart disease, gout, weight and digestive disorders, skin irritations, as well as migraine, high blood pressure and circulation problems. It is recommended that the Schroth cure is carried out by a cure doctor who will create an individual cure plan and is there to offer any advice.