Bischofite baths: a healing remedy or a fashionable hobby25.05.2022
Bischofite baths are one of the types of hydrotherapy. Such therapeutic baths act through thermal, mechanical and chemical effects on skin receptors and blood vessels. In addition, bischofite baths have sedative and analgesic effects. But are these baths really useful and who should take them, we will tell further.
Bischofite baths: benefits and indications
The benefits of the procedure are due to the rich composition of bischofite and its natural origin. At its core, this substance is a mineralized salt “cocktail” formed by solid particles of sea water that has evaporated over millions of years.
The most pronounced therapeutic benefit is due to magnesium chloride – the main component of bischofite. This chemical element plays an important role in the regulation of the nervous system, is a valuable electrolyte and provides intercellular exchange. It is also essential for heart health.
It is with the properties of magnesium that the indications for procedures using bischofite are associated:
- Chronic inflammatory and degenerative diseases of the musculoskeletal system: osteochondrosis, arthritis, arthrosis, radiculopathy, lumbago, sciatica, etc. By improving the permeability of cell membranes, bischofite normalizes the removal of toxic compounds, tissue metabolism products from cells and the intake of vital substances.
- Diseases of the nervous system. Bischofite salt has shown its effectiveness in the complex treatment of cerebral circulatory disorders, VVD, neurotic disorders, insomnia, chronic stress, asthenic syndrome, etc.
- Chronic skin diseases (psoriasis, eczema, neurodermatitis, etc.).
- Peripheral circulation disorders, including diabetic foot, atherosclerotic changes in the vessels of the lower extremities.
- Chronic gynecological diseases, as well as complex treatment of acute inflammatory processes in the organs of the genitourinary system.
- Normalization of body weight. For weight loss, bischofite is used in combination with other measures – exercise therapy, diet correction, etc.
The doctors’ comments are unequivocal: procedures with bischofite salt will not bring tangible relief as an independent remedy, but at the same time they will provide significant assistance when used in combination with other areas of therapy.
Bischofite baths: harm and contraindications
Contraindications to bischofite procedures are limited, but they must be taken into account if you want to improve your health, and not completely destroy it.
The main thing to remember is that this procedure is categorically contraindicated in any acute conditions. This means that if the symptoms of the disease are pronounced, the body temperature is elevated, the pain in the joints has worsened, or there are other signs that the disease has recurred, bischofite can be very harmful.
Also, this procedure is contraindicated in the following conditions:
- Iodism, bromism and other anomalies in which the body accumulates minerals or metals.
- Severe disorders in the work of internal organs and / or their insufficiency.
- Oncological diseases, including those in remission.
In many cases, the presence of contraindications does not make bischofite prohibited. For example, instead of general water procedures, you can do compresses, foot baths, rubbing, etc.
Before starting treatment at home, it is important to first consult with your doctor. Only after the specialist eliminates possible risks to your health, you can be sure that the baths will play the role of a healing and beneficial procedure.
In the first few procedures, unpleasant symptoms may occur: dizziness, heart palpitations, a feeling of severe weakness.
Such a reaction is considered natural and indicates that the action of bischofite has begun. In most cases, special treatment is not required, and such manifestations disappear after 2-3 procedures.
The water temperature should not exceed 37.0-37.5 ° C, otherwise the effect of bischofite may be too pronounced, which will lead to a deterioration in well-being.
If such a reaction persists or even intensifies with each repeated bathing, the procedures should be stopped. It is especially important to monitor well-being if baths with bischofite are used in people suffering from cardiovascular diseases, disorders of the autonomic nervous system and cerebrovascular accidents.
Rules for the use of bischofite baths
The rules for taking bischofite in the form of water procedures are quite simple, but their observance is mandatory:
- Pre-evaluate the reaction of the immune system to bischofite. Apply a small amount of undiluted solution to the skin of the forearm and rub gently. If after 2-3 hours there is no swelling, rash, itching or redness in this area, you can proceed to the procedures.
- The mineralization of bischofite salts should be at least 330 g/l and not more than 380 g/l. It is most reliable to purchase a bischofite solution in a pharmacy, where all requirements for therapeutic concentration are met.
- If necessary, a crystalline product can be used. For a bath with a volume of 80-100 liters, you need to dissolve 200 g of bischofite, previously placed in a fabric bag.
- The duration of the procedure should be increased gradually, starting from 5-7 minutes and, if the bath is well tolerated, bring the time up to 15-20 minutes.
- The water temperature at 36-37 ° C should be constantly maintained. As the water in the bath cools, you need to add hot water.
- The effect of bischofite baths can only be discussed during course treatment. It is 15-20 baths taken at intervals of 1-3 days, depending on the state of health of the person and the tolerability of the procedure.
The results of treatment depend on how to take bischofite. Therefore, strictly adhere to the recommendations of the doctor and do not neglect other methods of therapy necessary in your case. If you have health problems, please consult with a supervising specialist first.
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