For generations the Crimea has always been associated with spas and many tourists visit the peninsula to relax and take in the healing treatments that the Crimea has to offer. Even as far back as the fifth century B.C there was a record by the Greek historian Herodotus, who wrote about Crimea and its healing mud. It has also been called the land that cured. The modern history of Crimea being a health resort really started around the mid 1880’s, when world renowned clinician Sergey Botkin, suggested the Crimea to the Russian Empress Maria Alexandrovna.
Crimea’s Special Healing Powers
Spas and health resorts started popping up all over the Crimea due to its excellent beaches, the wonderful natural resources, the healthy climate, the refreshing mountain air, excellent mud and advanced medical techniques. Although the Crimean Peninsula is relatively a small area there are designated zones for different treatments. The resorts around the coast have attracted some of the best health spas in the world, and they have pioneered the method of mud treatment. In fact, the very first mud spa was opened in the Crimea back in 1828. Incredibly today there are over 700 health spas and wellness centres on the Crimean Peninsula. And depending upon the natural resources available at each locality each spa has its own specialty.
The Healing Areas
On the southern coast of the peninsula the resorts are respected for general rehabilitation due to the climate. Whereas in the west of Crimea the health centres seem to concentrate more on clinical matters, their specialties include respiratory conditions, gynaecology and infertility, and serious musculoskeletal injuries. Feodosia, Sudak and Saki are popular for their mud treatments, whilst Yevpatoria is more famous for children’s ailments. Around Saki there is a large salty lake, and the health spas in the immediate vicinity use the resources of the lake to treat gynaecological and urological problems. In fact, this Saki Mud is now a famous brand all over the world.
The mud of Saki was first analysed in 1807 by a French chemist, and he concluded that the mud was unique in terms of its high therapeutic powers. Twenty years later the respected doctor Nikolai Antonovich Azhe published a manual of mud therapies and their benefits. Ever since these two formative events Lake Saki Mud has been famous, and has been probed and tested by many scientists and medical practitioners to confirm its healing powers, many practitioners endorse the Saki Mud as a treatment for many various ailments.
The health spas and wellness centres of Crimea are renowned all over the world as some of the finest there are. Health tourism is still booming on this small peninsula and it is quite amazing that such a relatively small place can lend itself to so much healing. However, despite heavy competition, the Crimea still retails its place among the elite as one of the best places to find proper medical help. Some of this aid is clinical but for some just wallowing in Crimea’s natural resources and to receive a proper pampering is enough.