Tehran, 6 March 2006 (CHN)-Tourism Development Organization has started the executive process for construction of 20 modern water therapy centers in cities of Sareein in Ardabil province, Mahalat in Central province, Sirch in Kerman province, and Bandar Abbas in Hormozgan province to develop medical tourism in Iran.
"First of all the quality of mineral waters of these regions were examined by Iranian and Japanese experts thoroughly and after their medical quality was approved by the experts, Sarein, Mahalat, Sirch, and Bandar Abbas cities were chosen for establishing water therapy centers," said Mehdi Jahangiri, head of Tourism Development Organization.
According to Jahangiri, the private section will cooperate with Tourism Development Organization in this project and they are providing the required facilities and budget for performing this project. The private section will also undertake the administrative arrangements.
Prior to this, researches carried out by Japan's Forum on Thermalism on the warm water mineral springs of Iran proved the springs' therapeutic and medical qualities. The waters are understood to cure diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, blood pressure, nervous disorders, arteriosclerosis, arthropathy diseases, and improve blood circulation.
Enjoying a high advantageous for medical tourism especially in the filed of water therapy, Iran has started to promote and introduce its potentials in this respect with attending some important medical tourism exhibition such as the third Bahrain's Medical Tourism Exhibition which was held from 14 to 16 of December 2005.
Water therapy has been used for centuries to heal the sick. Hydro and hydrothermal therapies are traditional methods of treatment that have been used for the treatment of disease and injury by many cultures, including those of ancient Rome, China, and Japan. Water therapy has been around for centuries. The ancient Greeks took therapeutic baths. Water is an important ingredient in the traditional Chinese and Native American healing systems.
Iran enjoys a large number of springs and water treatment centers in its different provinces. The abundance of mineral water springs especially in Ardabil province can turn the region into a hydrotherapic tourism destination, which is why the construction of water therapy complexes has been put on the agenda.
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