This summer, my two children and I, did something we had never done before. We spent three weeks every day except Sunday going to the Saint Gervais Thermal Pool just down the valley from Chamonix, France which specializes in treating patients with dermatologic and respiratory problems. My ears, nose and throat specialist, Dr. Jouinin, prescribed us to go through the respiratory protocol for the three weeks.
Each day we arrived at the center with our cards stating our names, protocol to follow, and appointments we would have once a week with my doctor. We were given a towel along with all the necessities for each procedure and from there we would start the circuit. Now, when we first walked into the center, my kids instantly had a not so nice comment to make, ‘It stinks in here’
The natural water source is full of minerals, especially sulfur, hence the odor. Sulfur is a mineral that is especially helpful for respiratory problems. Thanks to its’ anti-inflammatory and sedative virtues, the sulfur water decongests and heals the respiratory system, therefore reinforcing the body’s immunity system. Our doctor prescribed various methods of benefiting from the water. Here is a list of the protocol we followed daily for the first week and a half:
1) Gargle one glass of mineral water.
2) Drink 3 glasses of mineral water.
3) Nasal irrigation with 1 liter of mineral water.
4) Pulverizations for 10 minutes.
5) Simple aerosol breathing for 10 minutes.
6) Sonic aerosol breathing for 10 minutes.
7) Emanatorium: Sit in a quiet room inhaling thermal vapors for 10 minutes.
After the first week of our treatment we then stayed an additional five minutes for the last 4 steps. It took us 1 ½ hours each day to complete the circuit. Going into this, I really wasn’t sure how it would go with the kids. The doctor reassured me lots of kids go to these centers to ‘cure’ themselves of asthma, eczema, etc. I explained as much as I could to the kids about what it would be like though I didn’t have much of an idea of what exactly we would be doing. To my surprise, the kids did great. My son was especially motivated because his hope is that he will no longer have allergies though the center does not promise anything related to allergies. He followed it all to the letter. My daughter needed more encouragement, especially for drinking the water, which I have to agree wasn’t the easiest part of it all.
I hope is that after our three weeks spent at Les Thermes de Saint Gervais for the thermal cure, we will have less problems with colds, asthma, bronchitis, and sinusitis especially this winter. Time will tell. I will be reporting back about how the winters season is for us.