Heliotherapy — the sun is good


During the summer days, it’s time to learn more about heliotherapy, the practice of sun healing, and use the warm rays to maintain health and get rid of ailments.

The miraculous properties of sunlight have long been known. Not without reason, with the onset of the first warm days, we are so eager to expose our body and face to bright rays. After all, in addition to a beautiful tan, the sun gives us a lot of useful things. And with the right approach, it can even cure a huge number of diseases.

What it is?

Heliotherapy is a method of treatment and prevention of diseases using the sun. This practice is a section of general climatotherapy, and is also widely used in thalassotherapy. Sun treatment helps to increase the overall tone of the body, increase efficiency, cheer up, but most importantly — get rid of skin diseases, tuberculosis, etc.

However, the procedures so familiar to many have healing properties only if all the rules and indications are followed, as well as doctor’s prescriptions. In order for sun treatment to benefit, and not harm, you must adhere to the following rules:

1) Sun treatment should only be carried out under regular medical supervision. After all, only he will be able to correctly determine the duration and hours of exposure to the sun, as well as adjust the instructions as the result is achieved.

2) While sunbathing, try to change the position of the body as often as possible. This is necessary for uniform irradiation of all areas of the skin.

3) It is mandatory to cover your head to avoid overheating or sunstroke.

4) After a course of sun treatment (5-7 days), you need at least 2-3 days to rest from exposure to direct rays. Try to spend time indoors or in dense shade. In this case, a lace shadow is not suitable for resting from sun treatment.

5) Sunbathing should not be taken after or during swimming. Water works like a lens, refracting light, and does not make it possible to strictly assess the amount of heat that the body receives.

Ultraviolet, which gives the skin vitamin D, and also kills microbes, is very beneficial for the body. However, it should be remembered that in addition to benefits, solar radiation is the cause of early aging and dehydration. That is why you should not confuse amateur activities in the form of uncontrolled stay on the beach, with methods of sun treatment. A good specialist will always select exactly those hours for heliotherapy procedures when the sun is not hyperactive and will provide you with many indications regarding sunbathing, which will help not only preserve youth, but also really cure ailments.

So, for example, when a doctor prescribes a course of heliotherapy and writes recommendations for implementation, the following factors are taken into account, which are often ignored by the average beach visitor in the summer:

  1. For optimal maintenance of vital processes and activity, 1/7 -1/10 of the biodose of solar radiation per day is quite enough for a person. At the same time, the receipt by the body of ultraviolet radiation in large quantities leads to its weakening and depletion.
  2. After sunbathing, you should stay in the shade or indoors, since almost all fabrics from which clothing is made transmit ultraviolet light. This results in a much higher dose of it than what was prescribed by the doctor.
  3. The individual characteristics of any person suggest completely different indications and prescriptions for sun treatment. So, for example, people living in the north get used to the sun much more difficult and painful than those who live in southern countries. In turn, children should receive 30% less UV per day than adults. Also, the choice is influenced by the phototype of human skin.

Indications for the use of heliotherapy


Sun therapy is most commonly used to treat a variety of skin conditions. However, warm rays are also effective in combating other diseases and ailments. The main indications for heliotherapy are:

  • Skin diseases (psoriasis, eczema, neurodermatitis, dermatitis, allergic rashes)
  • Respiratory diseases (bronchitis, tuberculosis)
  • Gynecological diseases
  • Severe vitamin D deficiency
  • Nervous disorders (insomnia, neurosis, depression, stress)


It is important to remember that the sun is quite an active instrument of influence on the human body. And not everyone benefits from this effect. The main contraindications for sun treatment include:

  • Tuberculosis in acute forms
  • Thyroid diseases
  • Cardiovascular diseases
  • Acute disorders of the nervous system
  • Inflammation and infections
  • Oncology
  • Personal negative reaction to the sun (solar allergy).

In any case, before going out into the open sun, consult your doctor.

Be healthy!

Author: Natalia Kay

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