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Medicinal water of Egerszalok, Hungary

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SALT HILL AND WELLS

Egerszalók’s real attraction, on the southern side of the village, is the thermal spring erupting from deep in the earth and limestone hill created by water runoff, which over the years has come to be known as “salt hill.” The 65-68 C medicinal water rich in mineral content continually builds jagged, white formations, offering an imposing spectacle.  The hot spring is surrounded by pine trees all around and a bit tucked away.

The first well was drilled in 1961 in search of oil and natural gas, with the drilling of a second well taking place in 1987.  While consecrating the wells in the autumn of 2010, they received the names of Mary and Wendelin. The icon of Mary the Miracle Worker can be found in the Egerszalók Catholic Church, while Saint Wendelin is the patron saint of springs and wells.

In 1992, the Ministry of Health qualified the thermal waters of Egerszalók as “medicinal.” Based on the composition of the water, it can be classified as calcium magnesium hydrogen carbonate mineral water, for which the sulphur content is also significant.

The medicinal water of calcium magnesium hydrogen carbonate also contains sodium and a significant amount of metasilicic acid, and has been ranked as one of the best in the sulphuric medicinal waters category. Over the years, the limestone hill has become a symbol and trademark of the surrounding area. It’s a sight unique to Europe, with similar natural formations found only in two other places in the world, at Pamukkale in the Asian part of Turkey and in Yellowstone National Park in the United States.

Calcium has an anti-inflammatory effect, and sulphur is an important component of cartilage in the joints.

INDICATIONS:

  • degenerative musculoskeletal disorders: arthrisis, back and lower back pain
  • non-acute stages of inflammatory musculoskeletal disorders
  • rehabilitation after orthopedic and spinal surgery
  • inflammatory gynecological diseases
  • psoriasis, eczema

CONTRAINDICATIONS:

  • severe cardiovascular diseases
  • fever and infectious diseases
  • skin lesions
  • malignant tumours
  • general poor health condition
  • incontinence

The components of this famous medicine water are:

Total dissolved mineral content: 1602 mg/l

Component Measured value
(mg/L)
Metaboric acid HBO2 11,1
Metasilicic acid H2SiO3 50
Free carbon dioxide CO2 328
Bound CO2 227
Cations
Potassium K+ 11,1
Sodium Na+ 64,0
Ammonium NH4+ 0,41
Calcium Ca2+ 154
Magnesium Mg2+ 22,6
Iron Fe2+ 0,08
Manganese Mn2+ 0
Lithium Li+ 0,21
Anions
Nitrát NO3- <1
Nitrate NO2- 0
Chloride C1 29
Bromide Br- 0,18
Iodide J- 0,03
Fluoride F- 1,61
Sulphate SO4- 71
Hydrogen carbonate HCO3- 628
Sulphide S2- 3,5
Phosphate (total) PO4+ 0

Source: Saliris Resort Spa & Conference Center

Examination conducted by Vízkutató Kémia Ltd., serving as an accredited laboratory on October 30, 2007

Images: Spa.relaxos, Panoramio, Revng.com, Pinterest

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