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History of Naftalan Oil

For many years the variety of natural healing factors in Azerbaijan has been successfully used in treatment and prevention of many diseases. One of this factors directly attribute to the legendary Naftalan oil, possessing medical properties, have been known for over 600 years due to the high physiological activity.


There is only one deposit of Naftalanoil worldwide located in the foothills of the Lesser Caucasus at a height of 450 meters above the sea, and in 45 km distance from the city of Ganja, surrounded by mountains from the east, west and south. The climate is subtropical with moderately hot, dry summers and mild winters. The first mention of Naftalan oil was found in the works by the great Azerbaijani poet and thinker Nizami Ganjavi (1141-1201), where he writes about his observations of how the magical oil used to be exported by caravans from the village of Safi-Kurd, located near the present city of Naftalan.

The naftalan oil, according to the biogenic theory,a dominant part of the theory of its origin, was forming in the depths of the earth within over 50 million year period.

Difference between Naftalan treatment and other methods

The globally known Naftalan spa resort is the world's only field of remedial Naftalan oil so bespoke in its biological qualities. Its curative effect has been known since ancient times. For the range of its applications, it is rightfully considered a medical phenomenon in the field of mud treatment. And the local "Museum of Crutches" can be considered as a very unique, though very indirect proof of the famous healing properties of Naftalan oil. The story runs that all the exhibits presented here – crutches of different designs, types, and sizes – were left by the guests of the resort cured with Naftalan oil.

Naftalan is a hydrocarbon substance, a natural hormone containing no synthetic substances to affect negatively the human body. Pretty much all medical procedures in Naftalan are based on the healing properties of Naftalan oil. It has anti-inflammatory, analgesic, vasodilation, and anti-allergic effects, boosts body resistance and regeneration processes, enhances metabolic processes, and stimulates reproductive processes.


However, other substances exhibit these properties as well. So what is the uniqueness of Naftalan? The uniqueness is in the content of substances similar to natural human hormones in their composition. We get a double effect, as Naftalan oil increases blood flow and, at the same time, allows our body to have more of these anti-inflammatory substances. No substance in the world has such a property. Naftalan oil fights the manifestations of more than 70 diseases of different groups of organs and systems. The spectrum of Naftalan treatment is very broad. Post-treatment people get a long-term remission of the diseases they suffer. Sea, mineral waters, and mud, not to mention medications, do not have such a good result, giving only a temporary effect. The hormonal preparations have a lot of side effects. After them your body stops production of its own hormones and the disease enters an even more acute stage.

Naftalan treatment has fewer contraindications in comparison with other mud methods. Besides, Naftalan, unlike other oil products, can have a strong effect on the human body due to the naphthenic hydrocarbons. As an addition to carbons, Naftalan contains such chemicals as copper, iodine, bromine, and zinc. The key to success of the Naftalan treatment is the combination of efficiency and safety.

Properties of Naftalan oil

Naftalan oil dermal absorption has a positive effect on capillary blood flow. It improves circulation in small vessels, widens blood vessels, reduces blood clotting ability, increases the enzymatic activity, and has an anti-inflammatory effect. Its effectiveness in various diseases has been confirmed by the results of more than 1,600 scientific papers and monographs. Naftalan is a preventive and remedial measure for more than 70 diseases of various specifications. It is effective in 92% of cases if used by the qualified specialists. Due to the therapeutic effect of substances contained in Naftalan oil, including Naftalan hydrocarbons, potassium, calcium, magnesium, iodine, chlorine, potassium carbonate and zinc, you will be able to recover your health. For curative purposes, Naftalan baths are taken for a few minutes 4-5 times a week at a temperature of 37-38 °C. Then oil is removed from the body with soap and natural well alkaline water at a temperature of 34-36 °C, followed by the rest in the room for 1-2 hours. Along with Naftalan oil, sun baths, physiotherapy, therapeutic gymnastics, mineral waters and healthy nutrition are used for the treatment of patients.