The idea for our soaking bath preparation originates with the ancient Greek and Roman practice of balneotherapy, which involves immersing in mineral-laden water or mineral-laden mud. For centuries, bathing in hot or cold water springs or other naturally mineral-rich waters has had noticeable therapeutic effects. Across numerous cultures and traditions, people have flocked to mineral baths and minerals springs for miracle cures. Thermal spas in Bath, England have been in continuous use since first discovered by the Celts in 836 BC.
Today, balneotherapy is still used in traditional as well as alternative medical practice, and in exclusive spas all over the world. Spa treatments include peat baths, Ayurvedic mud wraps, and natural mineral spring soaks. While it was long thought that the mineral salts in the water provided the medicinal benefit, modern science has identified the active substances in these treatments as humic and fulvic acids.
In July 2005, a systematic review of scientific articles related to balneotherapy, written between 1996 and 2003, was published in Environmental Health & Preventive Medicine. (read article here). The review concluded that the major dermatologic and musculoskeletal diseases frequently treated by balneotherapy with a remarkable rate of success are atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis (RA), ankylosing spondylitis, osteoarthritis, and low back pain and that balneotherapy either alone or as a complement to other therapies should be considered either after or in conjunction with standard medical therapy.
HumaSoak™ contains our proprietary blend of both humic and fulvic acids, obtained from ancient humus deposits. When used externally, in hot water, humic and fulvic substances offer all the benefits of therapeutic balneotherapy, a mud spa session, or a natural hot spring soak for under $1 per treatment. HumaSoak™is much better than Epsom Salts, which while containing magnesium salt, does not have the nutrient or detoxification support of humic and fulvic acid.
Ancient Roman Bathhouse