Rheumatology International

, Volume 26, Issue 6, pp 497–499 | Cite as

Balneotherapy in rheumatic diseases–an overview of novel and known aspects

  • U. LangeEmail author
  • U. Müller-Ladner
  • K. L. Schmidt
Original article


Balneotherapeutic applications to treat rheumatic diseases have a long-term tradition and are based on established scientific principles, and the majority of rheumatic diseases most frequently include balneotherapy. However, as other therapeutic strategies, balneological interventions require scientific proof of their effect and efficacy. Notably, recent studies providing evidence of the thermic and chemical effects on the immune system and cytokine milieu have enforced the revival of the traditional balneological interventions. This review provides an overview of the known as well as the novel aspects of balneotherapy and their clinical relevance in the treatment of rheumatic diseases.


Balneotherapy Rheumatic diseases Spa treatment 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Rheumatology, Clinicial ImmunologyKerckhof Clinic, Physical Medicine and Osteology University of GießenBad NauheimGermany

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