In Ancient Greece, Hippocrates promoted bathing in spring water, motion and massage as integrated methods for treatment of many diseases. From Antique Greece comes the word "balaneion" meaning: bath, bathing room.
Ancient Rome created communal public baths for the purpose of promoting health and wellness, across all Empire, called "therma,ae" (public baths own by state) and "balnea,ae" (private own).
Romania is one of the richest European countries in natural therapeutic resources known and effectively used in medicine, ever since ancient times, having balneal tradition and scientific knowledge to which innovations have been added continuously.
Balneology is the study of natural spa waters and their therapeutic applications. Throughout Europe, balneology and hot springs therapy is very much a part of routine medical care. Medical prescriptions are given by licensed doctors for the treatment of a wide range of conditions, and utilizing mineral waters as a part of preventative medicine is widely recognized and encouraged.
European medical doctors have conducted research into thermal therapy, and have found that hydrostatic pressure in the body is increased and this results in increased blood circulation and cell oxygenation; the elimination systems of the body are thus stimulated, improving the body’s capacity to detoxify; the body’s metabolism is stimulated and this results in improved digestion; 3 to 4 weeks of regular thermal bathing can assist in the normalization of endocrine glands and assist the automatic nervous system.
Link to the Poster of the Balneology Conference
Link to the Agenda of the Balneology Conference