By Laman Ismayilova
For thousands of years, people around the world have believed in the healing powers of Naftalan oil which can be found at high-end spas in Azerbaijan.
The word naftalan means a petroleum product which can be obtained in the city that carries the same name. Located some 360 km west of Baku, the town of Naftalan, where the oil originates, has a treatment center which offers unique natural treatments.
The oil in the area was known to people in China and India. Dark viscous liquid was traded by caravans throughout countries of the Near East. The Azerbaijani poet Nizami Ganjavi mentioned the transportation of Naftalan oil on caravans from the Safikurd village in his Khamsa poem.
In 1874, a German engineer Yeager took interest in Naftalan. Soon he started the production of ointments, "naphthalene " in Germany and exported them to various countries across the world.
The uniqueness and high efficiency of naftalan oil is confirmed by numerous scientific studies. Azerbaijani scientist Yusif Mammadaliyev was the first to identify the healing properties of Naftalan oil.
The medicinal properties of the Naftalan oil are said to treat more than 70 illnesses related to bones, skin and joints.
Particularly, it has been used as an effective treatment for rheumatism, musculoskeletal system, urological and gynecological diseases.
Under the influence of a warm oil bath, the skin pores begin to expand. The substance, passing through the skin, enters the blood. Then naftalan oil is washed away under the shower. However, it is worth remembering not to take hot shower after the treatment due to re-expansion of the pores. After therapy, it is necessary to relax for at least two hours.
During the treatment, peripheral vessels are dilated, which increases sweating and heat transfer. This is a normal process, since it lets all harmful substances leave the body.
Therefore, it is necessary to dress warmly, not to drink cold drinks not only during the treatment, but also during the next month after it. Following naftalan therapy, it is necessary to avoid water procedures (swimming pool, sauna, bath, sea) during a month as it can lead to rapid removal of the substance from the body.
Naftalan oil normalizes the endocrine system in the body. It affects the hypothalamus, which produces serotonin - the hormone of happiness.
After taking two baths, the level of serotonin begins to fluctuate: a person may experience insomnia or drowsiness, and mood swings are observed. This condition is normal and suggests that naftalan acts on the hypothalamus.
Naftalan therapy gives a true (long) remission to the body, restoring its own systems. To increase the effectiveness of naftalan, the therapy is carried out in conjunction with additional procedures that are selected and appointed individually after the examination.
Laman Ismayilova is AzerNews’ staff journalist, follow her on Twitter: @Lam_Ismayilova
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