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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Likbez: Sanatorium Treatments

If you check in to a sanatorium, don't be surprised if some of the treatments seem a little unconventional:

Chocolate Embrace: A cosmetic procedure in which the body is smeared with chocolate. Moisturizes the skin and reportedly lowers appetite.

Electric Sleep: The patient lies on a vibrating massage chair listening to the sounds of the ocean, as small electric impulses induce a deep -- and purportedly healthy -- sleep.

Fire Cupping: Commonly used to treat colds, this treatment has an acupressure effect and comes from Chinese medicine. It involves using heat to create a vacuum in glass cups that are placed flush against the skin. The procedure is used to treat respiratory diseases and relieve muscular pain.

Iodine-bromine baths: Micrograms of iodine and bromine are absorbed through the skin to stimulate the metabolism, production of antibodies and protein synthesis, among other therapeutic effects.

Leech Therapy: Substances in leech saliva are said to improve circulation and lower blood pressure. Hirudotherapy lasts one hour and is recommended to people suffering from atherosclerosis, hypertension, rheumatism, neuroses and insomnia.

Magnet Therapy: Subjecting parts of the body to magnetic fields or impulses is said to increase physical endurance, improve circulation, and decrease blood vessel deposits such as cholesterol plaques.

Mud Therapy: Besides softening the skin, mud is said to have a warming and therapeutic effect on the joints. Depending on the mineral components, it is prescribed to reduce swelling and improve the range of movement.

Oxygen Cocktail: A foamy rosehip-based vitamin mix is whipped up using medicinal oxygen. The drink is said to bring oxygen straight into the body through the stomach lining for a rejuvenating effect that helps with insomnia and chronic fatigue syndrome.

Salt Cave: It's not actually a cave, but a heated room with diffused salt particles that are inhaled to treat bronchitis and asthma.

Sharko Shower: A high-powered stream of water -- similar to what the police would use to break up demonstrations -- is blasted onto the body from a distance of 5 meters, alternating hot and cold. This procedure is supposed to strengthen the heart and the immune system and break down fat.