Turkish Bath (Hamam)

The word hamam is an Arabic word meaning 'spreader of warmth'. The ritual goes back thousands of years to the Romans and Greeks.It involves steam, heat, exfoliation and special aromatic soap to cleanse, soften and purify the skin.

The Turkish bath was described by DrJohann Ludwig Wilhelm Thudichum in a lecture to the Royal Society of Medicine given in 1861:

'The discovery that was lost and has been found again, is this, in the fewest possible words: The application of hot air to the human body. It is not wet air, nor moist air, nor vapoury air; it is not vapour in any shape or form whatever. It is an immersion of the whole body in hot common air.'

The medical benefits of the hammam date back to 200 B.C. when the father of medicine, Hippocrates, said, "Give me the power to create a fever and I shall cure any disease." Steam was the answer, because it raises the body temperature above normal, and stimulates the immune system to increase production of antibodies and interferon.The benefits of hammam use include pain relief, muscle relaxation, and respiratory benefits. The hamam efficiently releases toxins from the body and provides a powerful combination with massage.

Turkish Bath (Hamam) is an important part of Natur-Med rejuvenation and cleansing program. It is a variant of the Roman bath, steam bath, sauna or Russian bath distinguished by a focus on water, as distinct from ambient steam. Soap massage, scrubbing and washing in Hamam provides deep cleansing, detoxification and relaxation.