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Effective carbon dioxide baths must contain a carbon dioxide (CO2) content of at least 1 gram per 1 kilogram of water. Either in the form of natural carbon dioxide sources or by adding carbon dioxide. This is possible in the form of mechanical supply with the help of complex equipment in various health resorts or very simply and easily at home in the form of carbon dioxide tablets.
These baths are a mixture of 2 salts. Sodium bicarbonate provides the carbonic acid, which releases the appropriate amount of carbonic acid by adding an acidic salt (aluminum sulfate).
During a carbonic acid bath, the body absorbs the resulting carbonic acid gas through the skin. The expansion of the peripheral vessels leads to an increase in blood circulation. The pressure in the vessels decreases, leading to a reduction in arterial blood pressure. This activates the circulation, improves blood flow to the heart and slows the frequency of the heartbeat. By alternating vascular contraction and dilation, the vessels are opened and the venous backlog is reduced.
- For the supportive treatment of mild forms of high blood pressure, for cardiovascular disorders in general and for the follow-up treatment of heart attacks.
- For circulatory problems in the arms and legs (also possible as a partial bath).
- In the case of inflammatory rheumatic complaints, the improvement in blood circulation leads to relaxation of the muscles and an increase in mobility.
- Carbon dioxide baths also have a positive, calming effect on the skin receptors. They have a pain-relieving effect on dermatitis, prevent the skin from drying out and sustainably reduce itching and flaking of the skin in all forms of neurodermatitis and psoriasis.
As a full or partial bath of at least 20 minutes. Carbonic acid reduces the sensitivity of the cold receptors and stimulates the heat receptors, making these baths approx. 2 °C warmer and the temperature of the bath water should be significantly below body temperature (approx. 31 °C). In order to prolong the effect of the carbon dioxide that is created and quickly escapes, you should move as little as possible in the bathtub. The head must be above the water to prevent it from entering the respiratory tract. After the bath, the body should be showered and you should rest for at least 30 minutes. The bathing area should be sufficiently ventilated after each carbon dioxide bath. In the case of muscular rheumatism, full baths have an anti-inflammatory effect and the mobility of the muscles is improved.
RISKS & SIDE EFFECTS
NOT to be used on:
- febrile infectious diseases
- severely elevated blood pressure and massive heart failure
- in recent heart attacks
- large-scale skin diseases and watery eczema
- Lung diseases
- not suitable for infants and children
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