More than one third of Europe's mineral and thermal springs are found in Romania.
The country is home to over 70 spa towns that use natural factors to provide relief for many medical disorders and illnesses including rheumatism, endocrine, kidney, liver, respiratory, heart, stomach and nervous diseases as well as nutrition, metabolism and gynecological disorders. Natural factors are complemented - under attentive medical care - by physiotherapy, acupuncture, electrotherapy and medicines produced from plants and minerals.
Established in the 18th century, Baile Felix is currently Romania's town with the greatest number of medical spas and health resorts, open year-round. The thermal waters found here are rich in oligominerals, supplemented with sapropelic mud, have proven helpful in easing the effects of rheumatism and some paralysis, as well as gynecological afflictions and nervous disorders.
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The small village of Bazna (Baassen in German), located just outside the charming town of Medias and close to Sibiu, was founded in 1302. In 1842, Bazna health resort was established.
Medical spas in Bazna combine therapeutic mud and mineral waters to treat rheumatism and nervous system afflictions. Another curative element employed by medical spas in Bazna is salt extracted locally, which is rich in iodine and bromine. Bazna salt (Sare de Bazna is available for puchase in most pharmacies and health stores.
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The town of Eforie Nord, located between the Black Sea coast and Lake Techirghiol, attracts visitors from all over the world; the black, sapropelic mud – known locally as nămol - collected from the bottom of Lake Techirghiol have long been used as cure for arthritic, rheumatic, internal and nervous system disorders.
Medical spas in Eforie use mud, mineral waters hs as well as Gerovital and Aslavital original rejuvenation products.
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Built on the site where the Greek city of Callatis stood over 2,400 years ago, Mangalia is home to several medical spas that provide treatments for afflictions related to the kidneys, digestive and nervous systems, skin and liver.
Mangalia got its name from the Byzantine word Pangalia, meaning "the most beautiful". Natural resources found in Mangalia include: sapropelic mud from Techirghiol Lake, sea water, sulphurous waters, and a marine bioclimate, rich in saline aerosols and solar radiation, which stimulate the human organism.
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Mud packing, aerosols treatments and salt water baths in lakes created after several old salt mines had been inundated, have been used here successfully in the treatment of rheumatic, dermatological, endocrine and gynecological afflictions, as well as asthma.
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First documented in 1597, Sovata is mentioned in a written as a spa town in 1850.
Located in a dense forest in the heart of Transylvania, Sovata features the only heliothermal lake in Europe: Lacul Ursu (Bear Lake). The mineral waters here and mud extracted from the bottom of lake Ursu are highly prescribed in gynecological and sterility afflictions.
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The nearby salt mine from Praid offers a suitable environment for the treatment of afflictions of the respiratory system, such as asthma.