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Health Tourism Guide
Natural remedies in Lithuania
Mineral water
Baltic Sea
Local Herbs
Amber Therapy

Lithuania is gradually becoming a destination for health tourism too. From experts accredited internationally to institutions with the most advanced equipment, the Lithuanian medical and wellness sector provides services of the highest quality and guarantees a professional, friendly atmosphere for both treatment and recovery.

Most visitors are quite happy to learn that the prices of quality medical/health services and procedures are fairly low here compared to the USA or even many regions of Western Europe. Additionally, Lithuania provides a delightfully surprising combination of health tourism and relaxing holiday. From enjoying many UNESCO World Heritage sites and beautiful natural wonders to spending time exploring the vast shopping, dining, and hospitality opportunities, Lithuania has much to offer.

Mineral water and health springs

With over 20 deep wells of mineral water in Lithuanian resorts, visitors are able to enjoy health benefits that this natural marvel provides throughout the year. For instance, drinkable mineral water has a wide range of biologically active micro elements, allowing it to fight inflammations and regulate the metabolism or levels of acid production in the body.

Mineral water that comes from local springs can help treat diseases of the digestive tract and spine, while also easing joint problems. It can normalise the stomach’s secretion and motor activities, improve liver and kidney function, encourage gall production, balance the processes of the intestines and generally strengthen the immune system. In the case of diabetes or obesity it even helps to regulate blood flow.

As our skin has millions of blood vessels and nerve endings, the healing effects of mineral water baths can be felt relatively quickly, so jumping into one right after a brief consultation is advised when experiencing joint pain, difficulty in bending your knees, flexing ankles or any other related issues.

Mud and its benefits

Tracing its roots from as early as Ancient Greece, mud therapy has secured a reputation as an interesting and effective treatment method in Lithuania, mostly in the form of peat mud procedures.

Visitors are absolutely free to choose baths of white mud or the aforementioned black peat mud – both of these options offer impressive advantages and benefits to the immune system, helping to tackle various illnesses or inflammations and assisting in regeneration and recovery processes. One of the most productive ways to experience this is to enjoy a therapeutic mud bath with mineral water – this treatment opens up the pores and provides the body with many microelements and bioactive substances, while at the same time improving the metabolism.

The attentive experts at SPA centres and other relevant institutions will kindly assist or advise guests on any matters relating to mud therapy and the curative effects that different variations might offer.

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Climate and the fresh air

Lithuanian resorts are blessed with almost perfect climate conditions. This is a result of agreeable wind speeds and Sun intensity, accompanied by suitable air temperatures, atmospheric pressure and just the right amount of precipitation, combining into an environment that’s great for health and medical tourism.

The air itself it packed full of oxygen, and most local resorts are real pine tree stacked paradises. This makes for much better sleeping patterns, normalisation of protein and fat in the metabolism and improved liver function, not to mention an uplifted spirit and sounder nervous system. Everyone is welcome, though those who suffer from anxiety, irritation, fatigue or heart and blood vessel problems will find the climate in Lithuania to be especially relaxing.

The available health, medical and relaxation activities span all the way from swimming, gymnastics, and various outdoor sports activities, to air baths, sun baths, rest/sleep sessions and other means of climate therapy.

Baltic Sea and Sun

The Lithuanian seaside is known for its breath-taking, green, refreshing scenery and unique landscape of the sand dunes; the latter was, and still is, a subject of fascination for many prominent local and international painters, photographers, writers and other artists.

The culture of the seaside charms visitors with the age-old traditions of fishing villages and a diverse selection of interesting events. Of all of these, the Neringa region – a coastal strip of 52 km in length – is most commonly referred to as an open SPA centre. Health and medical tourists choose this region for the high quality of services, pleasant atmosphere and, of course, remarkable nature.

Guests can choose procedures like physiotherapy, kinesitherapy, psychotherapy, mechanotherapy, reflexo-therapy and halotherapy massage. Other options such as therapeutic baths, showers, therapeutic mud and more are also available. Those who are eager to explore will also feel at home with the opportunity to cycle along the coast, try horse riding and even the chance to rent water bicycles or motorcycles. Don’t overlook the benefits of ionised air and a simple swim in the sea as they’re great supplements to feeling healthier.

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Local herbs and phytotherapy

It would be a sin to miss out on all the renowned health benefits that the local world of plants provides. Herbs have been the basis for medical treatments throughout much of human history, and such traditional procedures are still widely practiced today, though with a twist of modern medicine, of course.

Closely related to herbalism as a whole, phytotherapy is the intended medical use of plants and plant extracts for therapeutic purposes. Lithuanians have been known to use a large number of locally-found herbs to treat all sorts of illnesses. Modern versions of those procedures are still relevant today for tackling various skin, kidney, urethra or endocrine troubles. Psychic, oncological, urological and gynaecological disorders, among many others, are also treated in this way.

Lithuanian resorts make sure that herbal medicine – a true gift from nature – is offered to any interested guests, whether it’s St. John's wort, marigold, ginseng, garlic, ginkgo or any other.

Amber therapy and other innovations

Being a representational symbol of Lithuanian culture, amber is also famous for its therapeutic effects – in different periods of time it was even used as we would use antibiotics today. Baltic Amber contains 3 to 8% amber acid, and a great deal of research has proven that this is great for our health as this element is electronegative. This means that when in contact with the body, it ionises in a beneficial way, improving our energy and balance of electrolytes.

Šarūnas Davainis, a local Lithuanian, has designed tables for physiotherapy massages and a sauna made from a combination of amber and jadeite. This infrared-ray sauna is an procedure certified by the World Intellectual Property Organisation based in Geneva, Switzerland. It’s a unique innovation with no similar examples anywhere else in the world. Apart from the creative design, this sauna helps to normalise blood pressure, reduce blood cholesterol levels, fight inflammations of the bladder, and improves function of internal organs, especially the kidneys and liver.