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Medical Treatment, Recuperation and Recreation at Health Resorts in the Black Forest ─Utilization of Natural Capital Depending on the Characteristics of the Health Resort─ / 日本温泉気候物理医学会雑誌
Article in Japanese | WPRIM | ID: wpr-826197
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ABSTRACT
  In the health resorts of Germany, the empirical effects of the unique natural capital and environment on humans are verified by scientific methods such as medicine, meteorology, and chemistry, and then approved as therapeutic drugs. Natural capital is provided in various forms for the maintenance of health, treatment of diseases, and recovery from fatigue and stress. Natural capital include hot springs, natural gases, and peloid (from the soil), as well as climate and oceans. The categorization of health resorts is defined by the type and quality of natural capital available. Due to their unique characteristics, a system that allows users to select the health resorts that suit their specific needs has been established, enabling them to utilize natural capital effectively for health promotion.  Considering the current state of Japan, country with an abundance of natural capital that is considered underutilized, we visited Bad Homburg and six health resorts located in Germany’s Black Forest located in the southwestern part of the country to learn about the current state of their health resorts.  All the health resorts we visited were excellent centers certified by the German Spas Association and German Tourism Association. Bad Wildbad and Keidel Mineral-Thermalbad, both thermal health resorts, maintain the provision structure for medical treatment and tourism. Against a background of growing interest in the environment, they utilize the land and natural capital to their advantage by incorporating the elements of trendiness, fun, and excitement to revitalize the local and the health resortscommunities.  Due to the differences in the structure, environment, and systems between the hot springs in Japan and those in Germany, it would not be easy to apply the current state of the German health resorts to similar resorts in Japan. However, Japan is rich in natural environments such as forests and hot springs and is blessed with a quantity and diversity comparable to that of Germany’s Black Forest. Therefore, we believe that there is potential for further utilization of Japan’s natural capital for health promotion. The efforts of the German health resorts could direct and inspire us.

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Index: WPRIM (Western Pacific) Language: Japanese Journal: The Journal of The Japanese Society of Balneology, Climatology and Physical Medicine Year: 2020 Type: Article
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Index: WPRIM (Western Pacific) Language: Japanese Journal: The Journal of The Japanese Society of Balneology, Climatology and Physical Medicine Year: 2020 Type: Article