In the resorts of Naftalan in the Republic of Azerbaijan, bitumen (bitumen therapy) is used as a treatment.
People who come to this place believe that bathing and bituminous therapy in this substance will improve and maintain health.
Bitumen is a rare type of oil residue, local therapists prescribe it to treat various skin diseases, back pain, rheumatism, osteoarthritis and even nerve problems. They claim that a warm bath for ten minutes is enough to absorb a few grams of this substance into the patient’s skin.
“Mineral bitumen (bitumen therapy) ٰ ٰٰ is full of gum or petroleum resin,” says the director of the medical department of a hotel with a bitumen bath. It does not contain any paraffin or light alkanes such as gasoline. This substance enters the bloodstream directly, which can neutralize deadly cells. As a result, they are stimulated by bitumen molecules, which improves blood circulation and nourishes diseased organs.
Some patients say that their chronic patients are gone. They liken bathing in mineral bitumen to (ٰBitumen therapy) swimming in hot chocolate.
“I have a spinal disc and I was in a lot of pain,” said Elena Chelnakova, one of the patients. Only after taking a bath four or five times does the bitumen treatment make me feel better. “I did not expect such a rapid recovery at all.”
The first resort in Naftalan was opened in 1929 for the former Soviet elite. But the ability to cure bitumen was discovered long ago.
The city of Naftalan in Azerbaijan, 320 km northwest of Baku, is a bitumen center where people go to bathe in bitumen (Bitumen therapy).
People in this area believe that bitumen has healing properties and is effective in treating diseases such as eczema and psoriasis.
At the height of the region in the 1980s, it had about 75,000 visitors a year. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, all the crude oil baths were closed and have been reopened decades later. Named crude oil and Bitumen therapy.