Since the dawn of time, mankind has been looking for alternative remedies for various diseases, and for centuries, thermal water and mud baths have been the first choices for those suffering from skin conditions.
Mud baths, basically a natural combination of soothing mud and volcanic ash, have bubbled near thermal springs and volcanoes for thousands of years. Mud baths are known for relieving muscle and joint pain as well for their detoxifying properties and aiding circulation.
Turkey is a popular spot for hot springs and mud baths. The mud bath in Afyonkarahisar, a top destination for alternative medicine seekers, attracts local and foreign tourists to the region.
For more than 2,000 years, Hüdai's thermal springs and mud baths have offered relief to patients suffering from rheumatism and skin conditions.
The mud baths in Afyonkarahisar are rich in magnesium and sulfur. The mineral-rich mud not only draws patients but also those seeking tighter and brighter skin.
Rich in volcanic ash, the mud is mixed with thermal water from the springs and fermented overnight. Since the water is 85 degrees Celsius, it is cooled before use. To receive the maximum benefits from the mud, visitors should spend a maximum of eight minutes a day for 21 days soaking in the baths. Generally, patients make yearly visits to Afyonkarahisar's mud baths to maintain their healing results.