Effects of Radon
Radon is a natural therapeutic remedy that occurs naturally in certain locations and has formed part of health spa treatments for over 100 years. Based on empirical medicine – the wealth of experience amassed by many generations of spa physicians – radon is a popular remedy for treating a range of different conditions causing pain. As a rule, patients see a long-term reduction in pain. For this reason, it is particularly beneficial for patients suffering from multiple conditions.
Radon is transported through the body by the circulation and dissolves in the tissue. Breakdown processes then release energetic impulses at a cellular level, which can promote pain relief and healing. These effects are currently being researched in modern medicine.
Unlike the wide range of other pain-suppressing medications, there are no known chemical side effects, particularly on the digestive system. Neither does the remedy interfere with medication prescribed during health spa treatments.
Radon is a natural, radioactive noble gas. It often appears in the press in the context of homes and mines with high levels of radon, and the negative long-term effects associated with this. It has been statistically proven that long-term exposure to high levels of radon can be detrimental to health.
As is customary at all radon spas, radon levels in Bad Schlema are monitored ‒ it is used only for a short time, in a dose that is well within the acceptable annual level in accordance with health spa regulations. The approved annual dose is determined by legislation. This applies to natural radiation as well as stays in buildings, air travel, etc. At present, there is no information indicating that the statutory limits have been exceeded. There is therefore no risk of exposure to unacceptable levels as a result of a radon treatment.
In relation to the low level of additional radiation that is active during a radon treatment, no side effects have been legally determined, and, based on current knowledge in biomedical research, they are not expected either. A regimen of 9 to 15 radon baths in our medical tubs has been proven optimal in “boosting” the body’s own healing powers.
As the radon breaks down, various types of radiation, in particular alpha radiation, is released at its active location – in the tissue and cells. This has an impact on the molecules that an overstrained immune system releases and can therefore have a beneficial effect on inflammation. The anti-inflammatory reaction begins during treatment, but continues for up to 12 weeks afterwards.
Various studies (including randomised double blind studies) have shown that the relative pain relief achieved following treatment remains stable at significant levels for up to six months before the beneficial effects of radon therapy start to fade. This is not a placebo effect. Many different patients also report that they require considerably less pain relief following treatments with radon. Long-term success in pain management is one of the scientifically proven effects of use of the remedy in careful doses.
Its anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects are therefore very beneficial for patients suffering from a wide variety of diseases and conditions.
Due to its physical effects, radon intervenes in various inflammatory processes, which can be triggered among other things by an excessive immune response by the body. The noble gas is very soluble in tissue and supports the release of anti-inflammatory substances on the molecular level thanks to the active effect of its decay energy. At the same time, it decreases the formation of various transmitters that aggravate inflammation. Inflammation is consequently reduced, and pain diminishes, as studies and surveys have shown.
Therapeutic baths are used to treat the following diagnoses in particular:
- Spondylosis, spondylarthrosis, osteochondrosis
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Chronic arthritis urica (gout)
- Ankylosing spondylitis and other spondylarthropathies
- Psoriatic arthritis
- Following spinal disc surgery and other orthopaedic operations
- Chronic consequences of accidents and sports injuries
- Fibromyalgia syndrome
Radon also has an impact on the activity of the parathyroid gland, which regulates bone metabolism and has a beneficial effect on bone formation. Radon treatment can have a supporting effect on hormonal changes during the menopause, keeping bone density as stable as possible.
As radon takes effect in the different layers of skin tissue, skin complaints can also be treated successfully. As the radon begins to break down, the surge of energy encourages the skin to form greater numbers of capillaries, leading to improved wound healing in the affected areas. The following complaints can be treated in particular:
- Poorly healing wounds, e.G. Ulcus cruris
- slight peripheral circulation disorders
Radon is excreted from the body via the lungs. In addition to promoting the formation of new blood vessels and the healing effects that patients with skin conditions benefit from, according to the latest research, radon also has beneficial effects on the inner mucous membrane. In addition, it fights inflammation. The following clinical presentations are therefore treated with radon therapy:
- Bronchial asthma
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
- Rhinitis allergica
- Chronic sinusitis
Anti-inflammatory and capillary-forming healing processes are, of course, desirable even when there is no illness involved. For this reason, guests can also benefit preventively from the positive effects of radon in situations such as:
- Menopausal symptoms
- Prevention of age-related complaints
The patient should be medically examined for any contraindications before treatment.
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