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Bellow are some of the questions we are being asked frequently by our clients. We hope the answers are complete enough to deepen the understanding of our products and the therapies they are used for. Click on the question to get the answer.

1. What are the plants in your area that are found in the peat?
2. Are there any contaminants in the area - is it tested for contaminants? Are there any industrial facilities nearby?
3. How is it harvested?
4. How deep in the ground is your product?
5. Why is your product better than the dry peat products?
6. What is the best way to store it?
7. What is the best way to store your product once it is opened - half is usually used for one treatment?
8. Is it best to get the water as hot as possible in the bath or just a nice temperature?
9. Is it good to add sea salts to the bath or does it react with the peat in a negative way?
10. What are the most successful conditions treated with peat bath - the most common?
11. What are the most unsuccessful conditions treated?
12. What are other common ways to use the raw peat besides the bath?
13. Any success or uses with using contrast hydrotherapy (warm then cold) with the Single-Foment packs or just use with one temperature?
14. Is anything added to the product in packaging?
15. Where does the Saprox come from? What is different about it and the Peat?
16. How long to keep the Saprox on the feet? Can it stay on all day?
17. How long to expect the fungus to die and feet to improve given normal one toe infection of athlete's foot.
18. The face masks - what are the most successful conditions treated?
19. Is it contraindicated in any conditions?
20. Face pack and acne - does it make acne better or worse?

What are the plants in your area that are found in the peat?
While the area's flora is typical of central Europe (Czech Republic, Austria etc…), the current flora may not be represented in the peat as thru the times of forming, our peat beds were covered with fresh water and many of the botanical species may not be in existence today. Although small in area, the Czech Republic is rich in varieties of flora. Just in bryophytes (moss) alone, around 848 species exist in the Czech Republic. However, this is only a part of the story as Torf peat is harvested in areas saturated with many mineral springs. These minerals penetrate the peat adding to the therapeutic effect. This explains the high concentrations of spa resorts developed and used since mid 18th century.
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Are there any contaminants in the area - is it tested for contaminants? Are there any industrial facilities nearby?
Torf Balneo peat is harvested from areas on the border of the national reserve. By default, this area is free of any industrial activity that could contaminate its surroundings. Also, as any product used in Balneo therapy, Balneo peat has to be tested and approved by appropriate authorities (Czech Ministry of Health - similar to FDA - tests fall under the Czech norm CSN 465730 - tests for levels of moisture, bacteria, fungi, yeasts, toxicity, and irritants). The approval consists of absence or acceptable levels of contaminants, approval of harvesting, handling, manufacturing and storing methods and peat's suitability for therapy - chemical & microbiology tests.
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How is it harvested?
Torf peat is harvested by traditional methods
- Layer of suitable peat is identified and tested by standard methods for therapeutic peat (see above)
- Top layer is removed
- Peat is harvested and sorted
- Mechanically stirred into consisted paste and filled into plastic tubes.
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How deep in the ground is your product?
It depends on the harvested layer. Again, we emphasize that we do not pretend to have "a magic location" of unheard of quality as is proclaimed by some companies. When we locate a source of peat which seems promising for therapeutic use, it is then tested for stage of decomposition, therapeutic qualities, and contaminants by appropriate lab if it satisfies the standards required. Typical layers may start about 1 meter and continue for a few more. We harvest down to the layers of clay or rock underneath.
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Why is your product better than the dry peat products?
Drying Balneo peat breaks down cellular structure, which causes reduced ability to dissolve in water. It sterilizes the peat which reduces its overall effectiveness for therapy. In order to make dry peat absorb any water, it has to be ground to very fine dust particles. While drying (or freeze drying) would reduce the cost of transport and warehousing, Torf Krasno opposes such "cost reduction" as it lowers the quality of products and goes against the tradition of Czech Balneo therapy. Action of Balneo peat is very complex and more then "sum of its parts". Besides the content of chemical elements, there are microbiological elements present in the raw peat which would be eliminated with thermal or drying process.
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What is the best way to store it?
Unopened plastic tube or bag (depending on the product), in dry and cool place.
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What is the best way to store your product once it is opened - half is usually used for one treatment?
Leave rest of peat in the tube. Seal opened end as much as possible to avoid drying. Store in cool and dry place for no more then 1 month.
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Is it best to get the water as hot as possible in the bath or just a nice temperature?
Recommended water temperature by Balneo therapists is about 38º C (nicely warm - watch out for cooling of the bath) as hot water could cause fatigue. Some patients may prefer hotter bath - generally OK but watch for high blood pressure, heart problems and fatigue factor.
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Is it good to add sea salts to the bath or does it react with the peat in a negative way?
If desired, salts are OK. Peat is an excellent absorbent, so some of the additives may be absorbed and not released, but typically the patient will experience a higher intensity of the additive, as peat improves efficiency of delivery. Same is true if peat is used in body pack.
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What are the most successful conditions treated with peat bath - the most common?
The most common are conditions related to pain treatment - mobility improvement, sports injuries, after surgery, etc. Also general heath maintenance - detoxification, immunity boost etc.
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What are the most unsuccessful conditions treated?
Difficult to answer since unsuccessful treatments are usually not repeated, but I guess that treatment of pain as by-product of certain condition is "less" successful as it does not remove the cause of pain and therefore the treatment has to be repeated every time pain returns - gout, some injuries, arthritis etc.
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What are other common ways to use the raw peat besides the bath?
Our Balneo peat bath is the finest grain of our peat. It is 100% natural, unaltered Balneo peat and therefore suitable for body masks or packs or poultice or as a base for mixing of different mud wraps or masks. Our peat for thick layer body pack is coarser as it helps to maintain thick layer in warm body pack, but it is not suitable for bath.
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Any success or uses with using contrast hydrotherapy (warm then cold) with the Single-Foment packs or just use with one temperature?
Currently not being used as far as we know

Is anything added to the product in packaging?
In Balneo peat bath, no. The single-foment pads have small percentage of bentonite added to improve density and to manage the release of peat water from the pack.
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Where does the Saprox come from? What is different about it and the Peat?
Main difference is geologic terminology. While both start under similar circumstances (imperfect decomposition of botanical matter without or with greatly reduced oxygen presence. Saprox is found under deep layers of rocks or fresh water (bottom of lake under sediments). Peats are generally shallower and usually found under soil and layers of itself. Location will determine content and therefore effectiveness of the particular peloid. Saprox comes from the lake bed near city of Sokolov, just south of Karlovy Vary - the biggest spa resort town in Czech Republic. The higher sulphuric mineral content makes it suitable to treatment of fungi infection.
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How long to keep the Saprox on the feet? Can it stay on all day?
No need to. Use in 10 minute applications. Prolonged application may cause drying of skin - not recommended.

How long to expect the fungus to die and feet to improve given normal one toe infection of athlete's foot.
Our tests in medical practice showed that on average 7 days of daily application is sufficient to eliminate fungus in foot treatment. However, some extreme cases required 10 and one even 14 days to heal completely (case was an old and neglected case of athlete's foot of ex-military personnel).
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The face masks - what are the most successful conditions treated?
Mask is deep cleansing - absorption of peat helps detoxification, has peeling action, improved blood circulation and rejuvenates skin. Shown to clear ACNE and some skin imperfections. Also successful in treatment of few cases of psoriasis.
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Is it contraindicated in any conditions?
High intensity of the mask may not be suitable for very sensitive skin, although there seems to no allergies associated with Balneo peat.
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Face pack and acne - does it make acne better or worse?
Typically improves ACNE condition very quickly.
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