Korea abounds in mineral resources including spa and medicinal water, which has been called as a country of scenic beauties with beautiful mountains and pure water from ancient times.
The mineral spring is the water which is formed in particular condition of deep underground and rising in a fountain on the land with physicochemical quality and component, distinctive from common water. The mineral water has some pharmacological efficacy when the people generally drink and wash their bodies with it.
There are 170 mineral waters which are famous in the DPRK and among them, 60 are spas and the resting ones are medicinal water. The spas rang more in North Phyongan, South Phyongan, South Hwanghae, Kangwon, and North Hamgyong provinces.
The spa has its own property in influence on body according to the quality of mineral springs-simple silica spring, sulfur spring, radon spring, and chlorinated spring and even the qualities of springs are same but they are different by active temperature.
Korean spas are in the temperature range of 40~80℃ and more than 100℃ such as Ongjin spa. It has few seasonal changes unlike medicinal water.
The main therapy of spa is bath but also it could be used for treatment in methods of douche bath, exercise in water, showering bath, intake and drinking.
The spa therapy is effective in chronic pain release caused by several reasons, rapid absorption of chronic inflammations of various organs, anti-hypertension, hypermetabolism, and improvement of body resistance. Due to these pharmacological actions, it could be effectively used for prevention and treatment of osteoarthritis, hypertension, arteriosclerosis, diabetes, obesity, gout, injury, postoperative sequela, chronic bronchitis, neuralgia, dermopathy, chronic heavy metal poisoning, chronic gastrointestinal diseases, chronic hepatopathy, otolaryngological diseases, odontological diseases.