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Dead Sea Treatment
One of the most popular destinations for both medical and wellness tourism is Israel’s Dead Sea. Its unique combination of environmental factors and natural resources create a healing atmosphere that is beneficial in the treatment of many medical conditions. Additionally, it offers visitors a peaceful setting for relaxation and spa treatments in its luxurious seaside resorts. Whatever your reason for travel, the Dead Sea is an ideal destination.
The health benefits to be found from a visit to the Dead Sea are due to a number of factors:
Atmosphere. Found at the lowest place on earth, the Dead Sea lies several hundred feet below sea level. This position creates conditions that enhance air quality and sunlight. Air in the Dead Sea region is quite dense, with unusually high concentrations of such elements as bromine. The sun’s damaging UVB are effectively filtered by these natural elements, and individuals exposed to sunlight risk less damage to their skin and can actually benefit from sunbathing. The air also contains oxygen levels that are at least 5 percent higher than the air normally found at sea level. Such increased oxygenation creates a high barometric pressure in the atmosphere. Rich oxygen and higher barometric pressure have been found to lower stress levels in individuals and promote healing. Finally, the atmosphere is very dry, with extremely low levels of pollution – idea for individuals with respiratory problems.
In the treatment of skin disorders and other medical conditions, two therapies are utilized which directly rely upon the atmospheric conditions around the Dead Sea. Climatotherapy exposes individuals to the clean, dry air, as well as the warm sunlight, to provide therapeutic benefits.
Heliotherapy uses the sun’s radiation to provide biological benefits, without fear of overexposure to harmful radiation.
Water and minerals. For centuries, travelers have traveled to the Dead Sea to bathe in its waters, swearing by its medicinal properties. Today we know it’s not just a myth! Not only does the Dead Sea region have a rich atmosphere, but it is home to waters equally rich, full of natural elements and important nutrients. For one thing, the salt levels in the Dead Sea are about 10 times greater than in ocean water. In addition to sodium, the water also contains dense concentrations of potassium, calcium, and magnesium, as well as hydrogen sulfide gas. Modern medicine now follows the same principles as that of ancient pilgrims. Thalassotherapy is one of the primary treatment regiments in Dead Sea clinics and resorts. It consists of scheduled baths in its sea water, in order to obtain its healing effects.
Out of the waters of the Dead Sea comes some of the richest mud in the world. Steeped in rich minerals, this black mud has been found to contain amazing healing and soothing properties. It is often used in the treatment of psoriasis and other skin disorders. The direct application of Dead Sea mineral mud is a process known as balneotherapy. At nearby spa resorts, some of the world’s most potent mineral and mud wraps relax the mind and soothe the body.
Relaxing environment. Many medical conditions are created or aggravated by stress. For individuals needing to find calm and relaxation, few places on earth offer a more stress-free environment than the Dead Sea region. A seaside resort environment with year-round warm sunshine, stunning scenery, and healing natural resources – what more could one need to relax than professional spa treatments followed by seaside hours where the only sound is the gently lapping water? The high levels of bromine in the atmosphere has also been associated with increased levels of relaxation.
Air, sunlight, water -- each of these are ingredients of the perfect healing environment. Each offers its own benefits, but taken together, the results are even more powerful.
Treatment for Many Conditions
Types of skin conditions responding to Dead Sea treatments include: psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, vitiligo.
Dead Sea treatments have demonstrated some of their most remarkable results with patients who have come for the treatment of skin diseases. For example, studies have found that 97% of dermatitis patients have achieved improvements after Dead Sea therapy. The effects of sun, water, minerals, and climate all have therapeutic benefits for a variety of skin conditions. Sun exposure provides natural UV radiation, but at a more gentle level than that found in hospitals or clinics. Dead Sea minerals provide homeopathic treatments for skin lesions, and bathing in the waters also has a healing effect.
Types of rheumatic conditions responding to Dead Sea treatments include: rheumatic (inflammatory) arthritis, osteo–(degenerative) arthritis, Reiters syndrome.
Inflamed joints can benefit from the Dead Sea’s warm temperatures, low humidity, high barometric pressure, and bromide-rich air, as well as the waters themselves. Typical treatments include bathing in thermal sulfur spring water, applications of warm mud packs, and medical massages.
Types of pulmonary diseases responding to Dead Sea treatments include: chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma, cystic fibrosis, toxic bronchitis.
Patients with chronic lung diseases gain particular benefit from the unique climate and atmosphere of the Dead Sea area. Research has shown that prolonged exposure to the oxygen- and bromide-rich air can result in increased arterial oxygenation and improved exercise performance in lung patients. A 1994 pilot study also found improved lung function in cystic fibrosis patients. Many Europeans patients discovered these benefits and for decades have sought regular healing treatments in special Winter Camps.
Types of heart conditions responding to Dead Sea treatments include: coronary artery disease, hypertension, congestive heart failure.
Recent studies have determined that Dead Sea treatments actually improve the heart function of cardiac patients. It is believed that the area’s high oxygen saturation levels, combined with the effects of acclimatization to its warmth, offer some degree of protection to the cardiac muscle. Patients with mild hypertension have often been able to discontinue their medication when receiving treatments or relaxing at the Dead Sea.
Other conditions responding to Dead Sea treatments include: Crohn’s disease, uveitis, fibromyalgia, back and neck pain, tendonitis.
A wide variety of other medical conditions have been shown to respond well to treatments at the Dead Sea. For instance, patients with Crohn’s disease are able to benefit from the hyperbaric oxygen environment there. Uveitis, an inflammatory disease of the eye’s vascular membrane, responds to measured sun exposure, with fewer inflammatory episodes following treatment. This effect is believed to be due to the immune-suppressive effect of the sun’s UVA rays. Dead Sea clinics and resorts also have been used for many years as physical rehabilitation centers for individuals needing orthopedic rehabilitation.
A stay at a treatment center or resort can last anywhere from a few days to several weeks. Isra Medica can arrange both the perfect Dead Sea accommodations and sight-seeing tours around the area. Take advantage of a stay in the region and visit some of Israel’s historic landmarks and soak in its beautiful scenery. We’ll work with you to create the perfect package for travel, relaxation, and healing.