What is a brine

Therapies: The effect of brine and salt is rediscovered

Nobody wants to miss salt in their soup. It has been shown to be indispensable for the human body - be it to regulate blood pressure or to control the water and nutrient balance. In addition, the inconspicuous-looking mineral has been used as a remedy for thousands of years - mainly in dissolved form, as brine.

Internal and external use

"Brine is salty water of natural origin that has a high content of mineral salts such as iodine, sulfur or radon," explains Karin Lehmann from the Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania swimming pool association. Sole is a recognized medicine that is used externally - for example in the form of baths or compresses - and internally as a drinking cure, rinse or inhalation. The medical spectrum in which it can achieve positive effects is wide.

Medicinal effect for the skin

Apart from the fact that brine strengthens the immune system and the circulation and often has a desensitizing effect in the case of allergies, it can help with digestive diseases, metabolic disorders or bladder and ureter infections, among other things. The main areas of application of the "white nurse", as brine is also called due to its medicinal properties, are skin diseases and diseases of the respiratory tract and the musculoskeletal system.

"A brine therapy can achieve very good results for many skin diseases," confirms Bernd Salzer from the Professional Association of German Dermatologists in Berlin. So you can relieve acne with salt-soaked compresses: "They have an antibacterial effect and allow the pus to drain." And brine applications also had a lasting effect on chronic diseases such as neurodermatitis and psoriasis (psoriasis). "Here baths with highly concentrated brine are indicated, whereby they are best combined with UV radiation", explains Prof. J├╝rgen Kleinschmidt, Vice President of the Association for Bath and Climate Customers in Bonn.

This so-called Sole photo therapy, in which the patient is "given" a dose of sun immediately after the bath, still encrusted with salt, takes between 3 and 12 weeks, depending on the severity of the illness, and is now covered by the health insurers. "The healing effect lasts for a long time, but is not permanent. After six months the symptoms can return, then you have to treat again," explains Salzer. The therapy is still worthwhile: It works entirely without chemicals or cortisone.

Good for the respiratory system

Even with acute and chronic respiratory diseases such as asthma, bronchitis or sinus infections, it is worth giving the natural remedy brine a chance: "Inhalation with brine makes the mucous membranes swell and is anti-inflammatory. It ensures that secretions can be coughed up better and the urge to cough is dampened "explains Kleinschmidt. With regular use, one can therefore significantly alleviate existing diseases.