The healing mud of Bad Steben
Plunge into the mud: brown gold in Bad Steben
Deceleration is the magical word with which a healing cure with natural mud in the state bath of Bad Steben can best be described. Really relaxing, taking your time, feeling the effect of the mud, in other words, getting oneself into the physical and psychic depth of the brown gold - experiencing it in such a way, the mud and the environment of Bad Steben may have a lasting success. Here, body and mind are in harmony, forgetting stressful everyday life.
The healthy effect of the brown gold
It takes up to 15,000 years for mud to develop for healing purposes. During this time, the peaty soil is constantly flushed with excess water, partially mineralised. Since this soil also contains little oxygen, the stored plants are not completely degraded. In contrast to marshes, peatlands never dry out, so the stored plant remains retain their nutrients to be passed on to humans thousands of years later. It is obvious that mud packs and mud baths always come as a surprise to the human body. It is hardly possible to name the herbs and plants. However, there are many! Heat is also one of the beneficial ingredients of the stored plant remains in mud cures. Both complement each other, as the warm mud bath initially opens the pores of the human skin allowing nutrients and vitamins into the body.
The old tradition of the mud bath
As far back as the early 16th century, the Swiss physician Paracelsus recognised the healing properties of mud baths and recommended them for treating diseases. In 1827, the spa physician Dr Ludwig Kunstmann started a tradition in Bad Steben that has steadily continued to this day. His patients enjoyed the relaxing packs and baths of brown gold. Moreover, the healing effect got around. Even today, natural mud is one of the three pillars of health cures in Bad Steben besides radon and carbonic acid. It has been scientifically proven that natural mud promotes a good blood circulation of the body and the organs and reduces blood pressure. Just twenty minutes of relaxation in a mud bath can increase the body temperature by about two degrees. The artificial fever produced using this method boosts the self-healing powers of the body. In combination with contained humic acids, natural mud should provide a soothing effect for the following illnesses and ailments:
- Ankylosing spondylitis
- Gynaecological complaints
- Muscle disorders and tension
- Menopausal symptoms
- Spinal disorders
Bad Steben: a romantic atmosphere
The three pillars of natural healing powers are just one side of Bad Steben's comprehensive relaxation programme. The state bath is located in the middle of the extensive romantic spa park, which appears immersed in a sea of flowers during the summer months. The bathhouse, built by the court architect of Ludwig I of Bavaria, Leo von Klenze, dates back to 1837. A column foyer from 1910 is reminiscent of ancient models. Anyone who takes an interest in this will think back to distant times far away from the stressful everyday life of modern times. Together with the architecturally effective new construction of the spa, Bad Steben is a stylish gem at the heart of the Frankenwald natural park. The mild and charming climate of the area is icing on the cake for a relaxing walk under the evening sun.
Mud and climate: the special cure in Bad Steben
The Bavarian state bath of Bad Steben combines relaxing mud baths indoors with soothing nature and architecture outdoors. Especially bog baths are stressful for the entire body and can therefore also be tiring. You lie quietly in your mud bath, but your body keeps on working. That can be exhausting! Taking a leisurely stroll in the flowering spa park of Bad Steben after the mud bath contributes to overall slowing down. All senses are used but in a relaxing way. So dive not only into a mud bath but also into the countryside around Bad Steben! Slow down or just switch off - this not only helps with acute ailments or the regeneration of broken bones. Natural mud, architecture and landscape are the ideal combinations for healing the soul.