Konstantinos Kouskoukis: “Greece is the first country in Europe to healing natural resources”

Τhe therapeutic actions of Thermal Natural Resources and the important role of Greece in Medical Medicine.

Tell us a few words about the Hellenic Academy of Thermal Medicine and its ambitions
The Hellenic Academy of Thermal Medicine was founded in 2015 and it is a nonprofit health organization dedicated to the development of thermal culture in Greece among professionals of medicine and consumers. The main purposes of the Academy include: representing and promoting world hydrotherapy, shared studies, research and experience in the sector, as well as new discoveries in thermal medicine and finally sponsoring high quality forums for education of medical professionals in the practice of thermal medicine.

What Thermal Medicine consists of?
Thermal Medicine is a basic segment of Health Tourism and consists of a wide range of preventive, therapeutic and cosmetic applications using natural resources or seawater (thalassotherapy) for physical health, anti-aging and wellness for patients and non-patients in facilities, called MediSpas. This term has been created by the Hellenic Academy of Thermal Medicine. Academy’s vision is for MediSpas to provide competence and experience for qualified treatment, prevention and rehabilitation in a clean and healthy environment. To sum up, a place devoted to enhancing overall well-being through a variety of professional services that encourage the renewal of mind, body and spirit, under medical supervision in the unique Greek bioclimate.

What are the factors favoring the development of Thermal Medicine in Greece?
Greece has 750 unique thermal springs, 113 active and 44 recognized for their therapeutic indications and co indications. Excellent and unique bioclimate for spa and thalassotherapy services (4 seasons destination), rich cultural and historical heritage, beautiful natural environment, famous Mediterranean diet and excellent and well trained English-speaking scientific and administrative staff are just a few of the advantages Greece has to offer.

The 3rd Congress of Thermal Medicine was held last October. Which were the main issues addressed?
The 3rd Thermal Medicine Congress which was held by the Hellenic Academy of Thermal Medicine took place in Galini Hotel, K. Vourla, October 6-8, 2017. Physicians, dentists and scientists presented the latest news about the application of Thermal Medicine therapies on myoskeletal and nervous system, as well as respiratory, cardiovascular, endocrine, gastrointestinal, urinary system and on dermatological, gynaecological, allergic, ear-nose-throat and periodontal diseases under the spectrum of an holistic approach.