Hot mineral baths have been used for millennia to treat arthritis, injury and the skin. The Roman baths were well known in antiquity and healing baths have been used worldwide in Asia, Europe and North and South America as well. Now an elegant scientific study published in a peer-reviewed medical journal has shown that they really work. Here is a link to the study which was done in Budapest Hungary. The picture below is of baths in Budapest. The study showed that after 15 baths 80% patients had substantial relief that lasted for 3 months, whereas in the control group only 30% of patients did well. Their outcomes included multiple indices of improvement including pain and stiffness.
As we have come to realize that medicines for arthritis have serious side effects and do not treat the underlying problem, holistic treatments such as these baths have enjoyed a renaissance. We believe strongly in these types of treatments. Warmth has a salutary effect on arthritis and it appears that the minerals do too.
To this end we have recently begun providing mineral bath supplements from an excellent research group that can be purchased from our practice and added to a bath or hot tub at home. They are safe and feel good. And now we know that hot mineral baths have scientific validity as well.