The 36.5°C Ragazer thermal water

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Europe’s most abundant thermal source originates in the Tamina gorge near Bad Ragaz and was discovered long ago in the early Middle Ages (1242).

The Tamina is the source of the healing thermal water, which flows at a delightful 36.5°C (body temperature). In the sixteenth century, the physician and alchemist Paracelsus praised the healing effects of the water, which due to its low mineral content and a temperature of 36.5°C is regarded as a warm spring.

In the early days, the first spa guests were lowered into the gorge on ropes. Since 1840, a pipe four kilometres in length has brought the water to Bad Ragaz. This laid the foundation for the area to gain a worldwide reputation as a bathing and spa resort, attracting notable guests such as Rainer Maria Rilke, Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, Thomas Mann and Victor Hugo. Since 1872, Bad Ragaz has been recognised as one of the most prominent spa resorts in the world.

Benefits of the 36.5°C thermal water

For the body, immersion in water is in effect immersion in a transformed physical environment. This includesthe water pressure, the buoyancy, the water density and the thermal conditions. The physical properties and the moderate mineral content of the thermal water bring about a whole host of positive effects pertaining to the heart, lungs, circulation, kidneys, motor system and even hormones.

The most important effects on our body:

  • A reduction of vasoconstriction (narrowing of the blood vessels) in the legs An increase in blood circulation
  • An improvement in pulmonary circulation and ventilatio
  • A reduction of blood pressure
  • An improvement of cardiac function
  • A reduction of muscle tension and loosening of connective tissue  
  • Alleviation of non-rheumatoid pain
  • An improvement to mobility in relation to the spine and the extremities

The 36.5°C thermal water therefore helps to alleviate rheumatic and mechanical ailments, metabolic disorders, diseases of the musculoskeletal system and also neurological complaints.

Chemical properties

Based on its composition, the local Bad Ragaz spa water belongs to the main group of chloride-hydrogen carbonate-sulphate waters. In addition to these principal components, it also contains trace elements such as iron, fluoride and iodide ions, as well as sulphide-sulphur.

The spring is classified as an acratotherm (< 1000 mg/l mineral content, temperature > 20°C) and has proved its worth in treating complaints of the locomotor system and diseases of the musculoskeletal system.