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Wellness part of Health Resort Medicine ?. Prof. Dr.med.habil. Dr.rer.nat. Helmut G. Pratzel Academic Director a. D. Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich President of honour of the International Society of Medical Hydrology and Climatology (I.S.M.H.). Acupressure Acupuncture Alge packages

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Wellness part of Health Resort Medicine ?

Prof. Dr.med.habil. Dr.rer.nat. Helmut G. Pratzel

Academic Director a. D.

Ludwig-Maximilians-University MunichPresident of honour of the International Society of Medical Hydrology and Climatology (I.S.M.H.)

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Alge packages


Bioresonance treatment


Body wrapping

Magnetic field therapy


Oxygen therapy

Ozone therapy

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM)

Aroma therapy




Fen Shui


Qi Gong



Cellulitis massage

Stone massage

Thai massage

Yumeiho massage


Which methods are not part of health resort medicine in spas?

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Health Resort Medicine (Balneotherapy and Climatotherapy)

  • Traditional medicine of old centuries

  • Medicine without pharmaceutical products

  • Medicine without instruments

  • Cheapest medicine by use of water, sun, climate and plants.

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Health Resort Medicine

  • use natural healing processes

    • by training of misused possibilities of the human organism

  • The opposite is the artificial healing

    • by use of spare parts for missing functions

    • by use of medicaments

    • by use of surgery

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What is equal between Wellness and Health Resort Medicine

  • Preventive training, that misuses physiologic functions cannot promote diseases.

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Hufeland and Prevention

  • „ It is better to prevent diseases than to heal, because the last use always more power followed by shorter period of life.“

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Blood flow


Performance of the heart

Resistance again bacteria and virus

Regulation of body temperature


Skin protection

Pain acceptance


Stress tolerance


Possibilities for training

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Health is modified

  • 50% by way of life

  • 20% by genes

  • 20% by environment

  • 10% by medicine

Quelle: Barbara Richter IKD Reisen München, Vortrag EUROKUR Wien 1997

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Health is more than absent of illness.

Health is the situation of quiet physic, mental and social well-being. (WHO)

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Health is connected with

  • Self-responsibility

  • Self-control of Nutrition

  • Control of Stress

  • Fitness

  • Sensitivity for the Environment

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Wellness Tasks

  • Active role in public and environment

  • High value of public rules

  • Profession and hobby are lovely

  • Tolerance against others

  • To be true to the own imagine of worth

  • Harmonic life

  • Healthy life

  • Medical self-responsibility

  • Intellectual adaptability

  • Maximum of interests

  • Creativity

  • Optimistic acceptance of life

  • Management of own feelings

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Regulates for health-conscious life by Hippocrates and Galen

  • Cultured relations with light and air, waters and heat, the climate, the ground, the environment.

  • Culture of the meal and drinking, the table-manners and abstinence-regulate.

  • Balanced rhythm of movement and rest, work and leisure time, stress and leisure.

  • Sleeping and waking state oriented at the cosmic rhythms.

  • Culture of the metabolism-processes.

  • Mastery of the passions, economics of the emotion-household, cultured contact with itself.

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6 Dimensions for Wellness

  • Wellness of the body (fitness, nutrition)

  • Emotional Wellness (sexuality, relations)

  • Intelligent Wellness (creativity, competence)

  • Social Wellness (family, society, environment)

  • Wellness in business (career, professionalism)

  • Spiritual Wellness (worth, ethics)

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Wellness is the active process in learning and making decisions for a better quality of life

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Main task of Wellness

  • Wellness should promote long-time effects to stabilise human functional systems and activities

  • Wellness is an artificial word of

    • Wellbeing and Fitness

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Wellnepp ?

  • Many Wellness-Studios sell to get much money from the customs non-effective treatments. Those treatments are effective only for short-time fun without any follow-up use. If this is not in connection with other stabilizing treatments, than we say Wellnepp (it’s a rip-off of wellness).

  • It is not easy to stop this trickery business in free market. Only well informed customs are able to decide between effective and non-effective products and may change this business.

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Misunderstood Wellness

  • Wellness-cosmetics

  • Wellness-ready-to-serve meals (designer food)

  • Wellness-pans

  • Wellness-design-fireplace

  • Wellness-fat for horseshoes

  • Wellness disco-balls

  • Wellness slipper

  • Tourism with short-time Wellness programs

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Passive treatments cannot activate or mobilize physiological functions

  • Massage

  • Smelling baths with soft music

  • Exotic environment with flair and luxury

  • Short break in daily stress

  • Cosmetics

  • Alga packages

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Statistic of diseases in spas functions

53 % Locomotoric system

14 % Heart-Circulation-System

13 % Psychosocial problems

5 % Metabolism

5 % Tumours

5 % Respiratory system

5 % Others

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Low-backpain in Germany functions

Report of the Wiechert-Institut Tübingen 1993 by more than 18 years old persons

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Costs of chronic back-pain functions

  • 19892,3 million cases with back-pain 43 million days of illness

  • 1994 45 billion DM for treatment of backbone and back-pain 27 billion DM continued payment of wagesSum of costs 72 billion DM

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Pain in Germany functionsOrtho doc 3/2001 ISSN 1616-3745, Magazin für Erkrankungen der Bewegungsorgane

  • 32 million human have pain

  • 8 million have chronic pain

  • 30 % have back-pain

  • 20 % rheumatism and arthritis

  • 4/5 of these are capable of gainful employment

  • 20 % of these get pension

  • 48 a mean oldness

  • 62 % female

  • 9 a mean-value of pain

  • 11 doctors consulted without results

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The most important tasks of Wellness functions

  • To improve well-being against painful life

  • To improve well-being by strengthening circulation system and heart to get more fitness

  • To improve well-being against smoking and use of alcohol

  • To improve well-being by stabilization stress tolerance

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Wellness in History functions

It ever existed but wrong spelling

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Wellness of the Roman functions

Life and geting up by a jung-spring. Holzschnitt nach einem Bild von Hans Sebald Beham

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Hufeland functionssays to „Unit of body and Soul“

  • „Hope, love, pleasure are so cheering feelings, and nothing certain and common support for way of life and health does exist, than happiness, cheerfulness of soul. This mood of mind maintain the power of life in proper to similar sensitivity, promote digestion and circulation ...“

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Wellness in period of mythology functions

  • Faith spirit to power of effectiveness has been stimulated by exotic smell and colour

    • by stinky and dirty strong effects in ancient centuries

    • by well-smelling and light-coloured low effects to day

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Examples for Wellness-programs in spas to day functions

  • Health training for stretching, strengthening and activation of the body in water

  • Exercise for relaxing and against tenseness

  • Training of circulation system by controlled heart rate

  • Learning of movement by problems with backbone

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Wellness by Kneipp functions

  • Hydrotherapy

  • Exercise

  • Nutrition

  • Herbal treatment

  • Health education

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Principles of Kneipp-Wellness functions

  • Unit of body and soul

  • Harmonisation of physic and psychic functions hardening to get lower susceptibility, more resistance and adaptation to be able to meet the demands of one’s life.

  • Information for preservation and to get back health by active and extensive care.

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1. Hydrotherapy by Kneipp functions

  • Water to use as a thermal, chemical and mechanical stimulus of the organism to get useful reactions.

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2. Exercise by Kneipp functions

  • Active and passive moving by gymnastic, walking, sports, cycling, swimming to counter act lack of exercise humans to day.

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3. Nutrition by Kneipp functions

  • Nature-adapted nutrition, by use of coarse wholemeal products, fresh foot, products of milk, vitamins, minerals by avoidance of all denatured food and social drugs.

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4. Herbal treatment by Kneipp functions

  • Critical use of herbals for health by use of scientific proved knowledge.

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Kneipp said: functions

„Against each illness God had grown a plant.“

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Prießnitz said: functions

„Not diseases we have to treat, but the patient, its life functions, its intention, its organ function, its excretion and haematinic capability. These are quiet different between patients with same illness and therefore treatments too.“

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Prießnitz functions

„To follow the nature and not to force“

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General rules of behaviour by Prießnitz functions

  • To sleep cold by open windows and to have always enough fresh air, that never became sweating.

  • After get out of bed to take a bath, to rub off, to wash and to drink some glass of water. To take an air bath during drying off and moving strong, than walking or working that hands and feet became warm.

  • Breakfast and dinner cold.

  • Much more walking and working outside.

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General rules of behaviour by Prießnitz functions

  • If anyone became little tired during work or something else, got dizziness or a fright, he should wash the face and rub the feet after a cold feet bath as long as he feel totally warm, and he should after strong tiredness nothing eat.

  • By an upset stomach many water should be drunken, use a thin wet compress on the body, and stay long time in coldness by moderate movement.

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General rules of behaviour by Prießnitz functions

  • Get out early and go sleeping not to late.

  • Eat simple food and less or no sweeties.

  • Avoid all hot drinks if possible.

  • Do not dress warm at home, go without socks, except on travelling without movement.

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General rules of behaviour by Prießnitz functions

  • Prießnitz attach importance to warm hands and feet. That shows him an intact thermal regulation system, a precondition to use his cold water treatment.

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The Gräfenberger Prießnitz-Cure functions

  • Sweat compress followed by cold diving bath.

  • Sweat exciting walk followed by a shower or fast-flowing stream.

  • Compresses (Prießnitz-Wickel)

  • Air-sun-bath

  • To walk barefooted

  • To walk in dew

  • Physical training (to saw and to chop wood, to shovel snow)

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The Gräfenberger Prießnitz-Cure functions

  • Simle nutrition and cold water drinks. Fasting was not used by Prießnitz, because this worn-out patients to much for water treatments. His principle was strengthening

  • Dressing in summer time by light and non restricting clothing.

  • Healthy rhythm in sleeping and waking state, care of thermal functions.

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To die young, but as late as possible functions!