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Jan
09
 
 THERAPEUTIC BENEFITS OF EGYPT
 H&R Magazine
The therapeutic property of Egypt's climate has been mentioned since the Greek era. Socrates, the founder of climatic physiotherapy, referred to this fact in his famous papers entitled "Egypt and Climatic Therapy". He advised people to go to Egypt and enjoy its warm weather and refreshing sea breeze. Following his advice, tourists have been visiting Egypt for hundreds of years for cures to ailments often caused
by Europe's colder, more humid climate.

Therapeutic tourism is an obvious outcrop of the tourist product diversification policy. Egypt has been gifted with hundreds of mineral water springs, differing in depth, width and temperatures (between 30 to 73 degrees Celsius).
Scientific research has proved that the water of these wells and springs includes a considerable amount of dissolved minerals, which have a great effect in the treatment
of some incurable diseases. In addition, the sand of Egypt is as rich as its water. It contains amounts of some radioactive materials suitable for the treatment of some diseases. The method of burying diseased parts of the body in hot sand for a certain period of time brings about valuable results in some diseases such as rheumatism and rheumatoid arthritis and other incurable diseases. The black sand is useful in curing acute and chronic arthritis, joint edema, joint effusion and skin inflammation. Also, the Red Sea water with its chemical composition and abundance of coral reefs helps to cure various forms of psoriasis.

Thalasso therapy is the term used to describe the simultaneous use of both seawater and sea air for preventative or curative purposes. Seawater has very positive effects on health. It contains the entire main elements and minerals such as Calcium, Phosphorus and Magnesium ions, which are absorbed by the skin and needed to ensure cell growth. The dry, moderate climate and all year round sunshine make
the Red Sea area the best place in the world for complete Thalasso therapy.

Sand Bathing and Sun
Since Pharaonic time, Aswan was known for its environmental therapy, as scenes from at the Kom Ombo temple reveal.
Aswan's dry weather is ideal for enjoying sand bathing during the period from May to September. Sand bathing is useful for curing various diseases such as rheumatism and rheumatoid arthritis. In Aswan, many hotels have physiotherapy centers manned by efficient and highly trained staff experienced in various types of massage therapy. Moreover, rheumatoid patients can be treated in hot sands surrounding the mountains. The calm and beautiful landscape and pollution free environment also contribute to speedy recovery. Aswans’ clear sunshine all the year round together with extremely dry weather provides an ideal atmosphere for curing rheumatism and bronchial asthma.
Further south, Abu Simbel, with its high rate of ultraviolet rays and a low humidity rate during the period from December to March, also provide a congenial environment for treatment of these diseases.

The Oases
Passing Giza, you come to the Sea Oases, which has developed rapidly to become a tourist expansion of greater Cairo – an area full of spas and places for health tourism. It could become one of the largest health resorts in the world, due to its dry climate, and sunshine throughout the year, especially in the area of "Halfa Spas". Another therapeutic tourist center is the New Valley, in the Wadi al-Jadid province, which makes up about 67 percent of the western desert of Egypt. This area has an abundance of hot springs and sand with curative properties in addition to medicinal herbs and a typically dry climate. Here, hot water wells and springs linked to swimming pools have a temperature ranging from 35 to 45c all the year round. These wells provide therapy for common colds, rheumatism and some skin diseases such as psoriasis. In addition, medicinal herbs are randomly spread out all over the New Valley. "Al'Sekran" can be used for extracting anesthetic materials for surgeries. "Jujube" (Karkade) is used to cure high blood pressure, especially when caused by nervous stress.

Sand and The Red Sea
On the Red Sea coast, Marsa Alam and Safaga are well known sites for therapeutic tourism. Safaga in particular is said to be one of the best locations in the world for curing psoriasis.
There are several natural factors in Safaga, which make it so appropriate for therapy. The high mountains act as a natural barrier against wind and sand storms. The air is thus free of any suspended grime that could
divert and absorb ultraviolet rays -- essential in treating psoriasis. The curve of the bay accounts for the calm sea, which reflects UV rays further.

Due to the abundance of coral reefs, the water is 35 % saltier than in other seas, which greatly helps in psoriasis treatment. More salt, as evidenced in the Dead Sea, also means less gravity. This is thought to improve blood circulation. The balance in saline concentration inside and outside the body also affects the therapy positively.

Sand in the area has also been found to contain radioactive elements and minerals effective in rheumatoid therapy. Analysis also showed the soil to contain black sand, which is useful in curing acute and chronic arthritis, rheumatism and skin inflammations.

Sand and Hot Springs
Siwa Oasis, Gabal Takrour (Mount Takrour) and Hamamat Cleopatra (Cleopatra's Bath – in Marsa Matrouh, 290 km. West of Alexandria) are the most important sites for therapeutic tourism.
Siwa Oasis enjoys numerous properties that place it at the top of the list of these sites recommended for therapeutic tourism. It is distinguished by a calm, clear environment and mild temperature. By boiling the deep
subterranean pollution free mineral water a treatment is available for treating renal stones. Gabal al Takrour is important for the tourists to Siwa in treating Rheumatism and general weakness by burring the patient in hot sands surrounding the mountain.

Sulfuric Springs
The Helwan area just south of Cairo (Formerly a southern suburb of Cairo, it is now a part of the city) enjoys a unique geographical location and unique water springs of incomparable properties to any mineral water around the world. It has been famous for these springs for many years. Helwan's all year round warm weather is also suitable for the treatment of numerous diseases. Helwan Sulfuric center for rheumatism and physiotherapy was established to provide therapeutic treatment of: osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, myositis, neuritis, neuralgia, myopathy, neuropsyctric diseases such as chronic sinusitis, chronic bronchitis and bronchial asthma, skin diseases such as scabies, eczema, acne and psoriasis, bone fracture union, joint stiffness, peripheral circulatory disturbances, and other diseases.

Hot Springs
Oyoun Mossa (Moses springs) and Hammam Pharaon (Pharaoh's bath - on the Mediterranean Sea) are some of the most important sites for therapeutic tourism in the Sinai. This area has the highest rate of sulfuric water known to the world and this fact pushed investors to fund a tourist health resort, which has become a magnet for visitors from all over the world. It includes a tourist village and a centre for
environmental therapy. Hammam Pharaon is a group of hot sulfuric water springs suitable for treatment of rheumatism. On top of these springs, there lies a carved rocky cave that natives use as a hot bath, created by utilizing the high temperature caused by hot sulfuric water below the cave. The Oyoun Mossa area comprises twelve springs, situated in the extreme north of the eastern side of the Suez Gulf. Here, visitors are often overwhelmed by a sense of spiritual comfort.
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