It's not just the sea that provides us with valuable, salutary, salty water: you can also find natural salt water with high doses of important mineral salts such as sodium-, magnesium-, and potassium chloride in the depths of the Earth.
The positive, antibacterial effect of these salts has been proven particularly for skin problems ranging from acne to psoriasis to neurodermatitis, and salt water is recognised as a remedy for these ailments. Baths, compresses, and rubs are the preferred treatments. These don't offer much benefit if only used once: an effective treatment can take weeks.
Similar to salty sea water and salty sea air, brine also has a beneficial effect on the respiratory tract if inhaled or used as a rinse, because it moistens the mucous membranes, relieves coughs, and inhibits inflammation. People with allergies, asthma, and bronchitis are the main target group.
In addition, bathing or water aerobics in exercise-treatment pools with salt water is often prescribed for disorders of the musculoskeletal system such as rheumatism, arthrosis, changes in the spine, and bone fractures. On the one hand, brine produces noticeable buoyancy so that you can move much more easily in the water than in the air. This makes exercises and movements possible in the salt water that would very painful outside the pool. On the other hand, the skin expands in salt water while the muscles relax. This relieves the joints.
Therapy with salt water as a local remedy is practiced in three places in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern: the State-recognised salt water health resort Waren an der Müritz, the Herringdorf seaside health resort on Usedom, and the Baltic seaside resort of Binz. Not all salt waters are created equal: the different salt contents of the local sources of salt water are the reason why the same diseases are not treated in all places.