Uniqueness of the Karlovy Vary Spa

History of spa treatment

The warm spring water from the Karlovy Vary (Carlsbad) springs has been used for healing since the latter half of the 14th century. Throughout its 650 years of its existence, Karlovy Vary (Carlsbad) Spa has become one of the most important world spas. Tens of thousands of people worldwide arrive every year to receive the unique treatment based on 12 thermal springs. The present spa treatment is the result of the life-long efforts of a few important spa physicians and scientists.

  • It all started with Charles IV.

    According to a tale, the first thermal spring was discovered by a hunting suite of Charles IV. Supposedly, the ruler was enthused by this interesting natural phenomenon. From the very beginning, he attributed a curative power to the thermal water. Allegedly, he bathed his wounded foot in the spring. When his wounds healed, he ordered the city of Karlovy Vary (Carlsbad) to be built around the spring.

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  • Curative bathing

    For approximately 200 years following the discovery of the first spring, the thermal water was used solely for curative baths. The curative procedures of the spa physicians from those days can seem a bit drastic nowadays. To achieve the maximum curative effect, it was necessary to soak the ill body part in the water for several hours, until the skin broke. Only then were the maladies allegedly washed out of the body. Nowadays, nothing like that is necessary. The spa physicians prescribe the patients water procedures taking approximately 20 - 60 minutes. The baths solely use the cooled down water from the Boiling Spring. Other springs are used for the drinking cure.

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  • Miraculous drinking cure

    Only after the year 1521, on the insistence of spa physician Václav Payer, the spring water started to be used internally. The spa treatment indication thus expanded from skin diseases and locomotive organs to digestive tract diseases and metabolism disorders. But even the beginnings of the drinking cure were quite distinctive. The amount of the water then prescribed from the curative springs was within 3 - 5 liters a day. Only the doctor David Becher brought balance to the drinking cure. Based on his findings, nowadays physicians prescribe approximately 1 liter of the thermal water a day.

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  • Additional procedures

    Further development of the Karlovy Vary (Carlsbad) spa treatment went hand in hand with the development of balneology. Even though the fundamental of the treatment is the drinking cure, which uses the water from the thermal springs and other natural sources, the therapy is completed with various types of massages, wraps, and other therapies.

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What a spa stay in Karlovy Vary can bring you

Anybody who seriously considers using spa services, should first realize that spa services are medical procedures combining natural medicine with the latest medical methods. The comprehensive effect of various factors on a human body is best proved by the results being achieved for many years. Similar effects to the ones like the spa stay in Karlovy Vary (Carlsbad) can not be achieved by regular attendance of various therapeutic procedures, massages, etc.

  • 1. Karlovy Vary (Carlsbad) Indications

    The complex Karlovy Vary (Carlsbad) treatment is designed for the ill suffering mainly from these problems:

    • Digestive system diseases - ulcer disease of the stomach and duodenum, intestinal problems, conditions after surgery of intestines, stomach, gallbladder, chronic diseases of liver, gallbladder, pancreas, and intestines.
    • Metabolic diseases - diabetes, obesity, fat metabolism malfunctions, gout
    • Locomotive organs diseases - degenerative illnesses of spine and large joints
    • Oncologic diseases - cancer of stomach, colon, recto sigma, rectum, anus, breast (after completion of a complex antitumor treatment without clinical signs of activity)
    • Nervous diseases - polyneuropathy, Radiculopathies with irritation syndrome, Central nervous system inflammation, Remission of multiple sclerosis, neuromuscular diseases, Syringomyelia, Poliomyelitis, Parkinson disease

    Combining natural medicine (drinking cure, baths, inhalations, etc. with the best balneology procedures brings better results than the classical medicine alternative during the treatment of many chronic diseases in Karlovy Vary (Carlsbad), as has been proved by many expert studies, and also by the reputation of the Karlovy Vary (Carlsbad) Spa worldwide.

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  • 2. Thermal springs

    Karlovy Vary (Carlsbad) has unique natural conditions for balneology in the form of many curative springs rising in the place of a geological break from the depth of 2500 m. The Karlovy Vary (Carlsbad) warm springs have a temperature between 30 to 72°C. Twelve of them have already been used for curative purposes for centuries.

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  • 3. Other natural curative sources

    Other natural curative sources are mineral waters, gasses, bogs, peat, and mud (globally called peloids). Our medical facilities uses peloids for wraps and also for baths with peloids infusion. They stimulate the thermoregulatory mechanisms of a body, improve the sensitivity of cells to oxygen and other active substances, have beneficial immunology and analgesic effects and help to soften ligaments. The treatment is also completed with aqua therapy, reflex and underwater massages, and other physical therapy from artificial sources - warmth, light, sound, electropathy, and others.

  • 4. Other therapeutic procedures

    With the increasing knowledge of medicine, the spa procedures are completed by many supportive modern therapies. Our physicians monitor these trends carefully and are ready to expand your treatment with suitable procedures using traditional, and often even exotic methods using state of the art devices.

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  • 5. Prevention of many illnesses

    Balneo therapy based on the Karlovy Vary (Carlsbad) natural sources has proven preventive effects. Its importance has been proven regarding prevention of civilization and old-age illnesses. It has preventive effects, for example, in the case of after-surgery complications, inflammatory changes, and the creation of concrements in the bile tract, ulcer disease and arteriosclerosis.

  • 6. Long-term effect of spa treatment

    Positive effects on a body are certainly not limited to the time you actually spend in spas. The result of spa care is not only a global "tuning" of your body, but also the feeling of relief and freshness. These effects positively and on a long-term basis intervene in the course of a disease or for prevention; this change usually persists for 5- 6 months in the case of a chronic illness.

  • 7. Spa diet

    A diet is always a substantial part during the treatment and in the prevention of illnesses. Its biological and energetic balance is important. Therefore, we put a great emphasis on using modern dietary knowledge and our dietary physicians, nurses, and chefs will show you with ease, that a curative diet can also be very tasty.

  • 8. Genius Loci

    The complex of the effective curative means in Karlovy Vary (Carlsbad) definitely includes its cultural and architectural uniqueness. For centuries, it attracted and still attracts painters, sculptors, actors, writers, poets, composers, musicians, scientists, and world politicians. The rich architecture of Karlovy Vary (Carlsbad), the natural beauty of its surroundings, its parks, theater, and musical scenes are waiting for you.

Accommodation and other services may be booked online. If you have any questions or special wishes, do not hesitate to contact us.