20 May '11, 2pm

Azerbaijan's Petroleum Spas Use Crude Oil Baths To Treat Disease

Azerbaijan's Petroleum Spas Use Crude Oil Baths To Treat Disease

Patients lower their bodies into 35 gallons of crude oil, at a temperature of 40 degrees. Many of them say the warm oil relaxes their joints and they'd love to spend more than 10 minutes soaked in black oil, but since it contains almost 50% naphthalene, a hydrocarbon deemed potentially carcinogenic by EU regulations, longer sessions could be hazardous to their health. The clinic's doctors claim millions of people have been treated at Naftalan over the years, and none of them have suffered any complications, as a result. Still, to be on the safe side they limit the sessions to 10 minutes, and no more than a bath per day, during a 10-day treatment.

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/05/azerbaijan-naftal...

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