etc  ( Pelotherapy with Mud in Lake Sijung )

   Lake Sijung is a lagoon in Thongchon County, Kangwon Province, covering an area of 2.94 sq km. 

   It is 3.5km long and 0.8km wide on average and the mud under it is 4-5m thick.

   Prospected and analyzed for the first time between Juche 44 (1955) and Juche 45 (1956), the mud has been known as one of the precious natural materials for pelotherapy since then.

   The mud is efficacious for treating arthritis, liver diseases, chronic cholecystitis, chronic gastritis, gastric and duodenal ulcer, chronic colitis, post-traumatic and post-operation sequela, nervous system diseases and gynecopathy, all caused by various reasons.

   It is dark grey and has no smell. 

   There are various methods for medical treatment including putting a certain amount of mud and water into a bath tub and soaking the whole or part of the body in it and combining this method with electrotherapy, ultrasonic therapy and light therapy. Usually the mud is heated to 42-50℃, but can be used as it is. Treatment is conducted every day or every the other day, for 20-25 minutes; each time the total number of treatment is 12-15. 

   This efficacious mud is now used widely for the promotion of the people’s health in other health resorts and major hospitals in the country. 

   Pelotherapy with mud in Lake Sijung is inscribed on the list of intangible national cultural heritage in October Juche 106 (2017).

   During their visit to the DPRK, foreign visitors can experience pelotherapy in the Sijungho Hotel.

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