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🕒 Date of last update of the article: 07.01.2024 at 7:01 p.m   |  🖋 Author: Viktor Shatrov

Transcarpathia is not only mountains, castles and beautiful landscapes, but also the Ukrainian capital of water treatment! There are 32 types of water out of 36 in Ukraine and they are appreciated far beyond the borders of our country. And it is not surprising, because in terms of their useful properties, they have surpassed the water resorts of other countries.

The most famous drinking waters in Transcarpathia are: “Polyana Kupil”, “Polyana Kvasova”, “Borzhavska”, “Luzhanska”, “Shayanska”, “Dragivska”, “Irshavska” and others. The unique waters of Transcarpathia have healing properties and are used to treat diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, musculoskeletal and nervous systems, and blood circulation.

Мінеральні води Закарпаття

It is difficult to overestimate the benefits of mineral waters, and therefore every person should at least once experience all their magic and spend their vacation in the Carpathians on the waters

We have prepared for you an overview of the best balneological resorts in Ukraine and Transcarpathia, and we will also recommend where to drink water in the Carpathians and tell you about the healing properties of the most famous and useful waters and their effects on the body, as well as all about the best mineral water resorts in Ukraine.

Healing mineral waters and their properties

In each mountain of the Carpathians there are several springs, which differ in composition and have different effects on the body and bring different benefits. Healing mineral waters of Transcarpathia are valued for a reason. It’s all about their unique composition, which cannot be reproduced artificially. What is the use of mineral water? And the fact that each source is saturated with various useful elements such as hydrogen sulfide, chloride, silicon oxide, magnesium, iodine, fluorine, hydrocarbons and other healing substances that have a positive effect on various organs, general physical and psychological health. Doctors will help you choose the right source with the appropriate trace elements that are suitable for treatment or prevention for you. In particular, Carpathian mineral waters are useful for weight loss, diabetes, gout, and kidney treatment. They are also useful for the stomach and help in the treatment of pancreatitis, gastritis, relieve constipation, heartburn and have a pronounced choleretic effect. And this is just a small list of what can help heal the Carpathian waters.

Importantly!

This article is informative and advisory in nature. We strongly advise you not to self-medicate and to consult a doctor before traveling!

Map of mineral waters of Transcarpathia

Where exactly can you drink water?

One can talk endlessly about the healing waters of Transcarpathia, health resorts and recreational recreation on the waters of Ukraine. To save your time searching, we have collected and offer to your attention the most popular Ukrainian mineral waters.

Мінеральні води Трускавця

☼ Truskavets

There are probably no such people left who have not at least heard about the mineral waters of Truskavets and its resorts. Truskavets is known for its waters “Sofia”, “Bronislava”, “Maria”, “Yuzya”, “Naftusya” and others It was “Naftusya” that made the resort so famous, because this water has no analogues. It got its name because of the smell and taste of oil. The composition includes hydrocarbons, magnesium, calcium and this is weakly mineralized water with the content of substances of petroleum origin. “Naftusya” mineral healing water helps with diseases of the genitourinary system, gastrointestinal tract, obesity and diabetes. But it is important to take into account the contraindications for drinking water. Do not drink water if you have:

  • Severe diabetes.
  • Hypertension.
  • Angina.
  • Liver cirrhosis.
  • Chronic glomerulonephritis.

Naftusya should be drunk immediately or within two hours, because it quickly loses its properties when it reacts with air. You need to drink it either through a straw or through a special drinking cup, a mini-mug, which looks like a teapot and is called a “kumanets”, because if water gets on the tooth enamel, it will begin to destroy it. The dosage and water temperature should be clarified with the doctor.

When coming to Truskavets for water treatment for several days, you should choose a sanatorium for recreation or settle in the private sector, which is much cheaper.

☼ Мінеральні води Східниці

☼ Mineral waters of Skhidnytsia

Skhidnytsy mineral waters attract thousands of tourists every year due to the variety of sources with different composition. They are scattered throughout the village. The most famous springs are No. 1, No. 1C, and No. 3, where Naftusya type water is supplied. This mineral water is suitable for kidney treatment, has a choleretic and anti-inflammatory effect, helps in the treatment of diabetes, increases appetite and improves blood circulation. In Skhidnytsia there are still many wells and wells with other properties. Any disease can be treated in this place! Read more about all the springs of Skhidnytsia and their properties in our article “Mineral waters of Skhidnytsia“.

You should have a container for water with you, as well as matches and dry alcohol to heat the water, because it always flows cold.

If you want to stay here for a few days, the “Stozhary” sanatoriums, “Karpaty” and others can offer you accommodation and treatment services. They are located near spring #13. There is also a hotel complex “Three Sons and a Daughter”. If this does not suit you, there is an opportunity to settle in the private sector in Skhidnytsia.

Мінеральні води Моршину

☼ Morshyn

Mineral waters of Ukraine impress with their diversity and healing properties. The uniqueness and healing properties of Morshyn water have been appreciated since ancient times and it is considered a balneological health center of the Carpathians. Water is used not only for drinking, but also for inhalation, irrigation, washing and baths.

At the moment there are three sources for drinking:

  • №1 – chloride-sulfate potassium-sodium-magnesium water. It is used to treat chronic gastritis, pancreatitis, colitis, and also reduces inflammation in the digestive system, increases the amount and strength of gastric juice, and removes toxins.
  • №6 –  it is a chloride, sulfate potassium-sodium-magnesiumas in source No. 1, but with a higher percentage of mineralization with magnesium and potassium sulfates and a low percentage of sodium chlorides. Eliminates inflammation in the stomach, liver, pancreas, gall bladder, improves the production of bile and its secretion, prevents the formation of stones in the gall bladder and bile ducts, etc.
  • Spring “Mother of God” No. 4– the properties of the water from this spring are the same as that of the Jordanian. And all because of its chemical composition: a large amount of nitrogen, organic carbon, a peculiar microflora, as well as low mineralization and weak radioactivity. It copes well with the treatment of kidney and liver diseases, relieves inflammatory processes, removes radionuclides, stimulates the function of smooth muscles, helps to lose weight and normalizes the condition of patients with diabetes and many other diseases. The best effect is promised with complex treatment: drinking regime, intestinal irrigation and hydrocolonotherapy.

If you came to Morshyn specifically for treatment, you can choose sanatoriums. There are 9 of them here: “Marble Palace”, “Arkadia”, “Morshinsky” and others. If you are an ordinary tourist, you can stay in hotels or rent apartments from local residents for a small fee, and you can drink water from the “Hrybok” pump station.

Мінеральні води Солочин

☼ Polyana and Solochyn

The territory of the former Svalyavsky District (now part of the Mukachevo District of the Zakarpattia Oblast) is rich in useful mineral waters, and most of them are in the villages of Polyana and Solochyn. These waters are very useful and attract tourists from all over the country and abroad all year round. We will tell you everything about the mineral hydrocarbonate waters of Ukraine, we will tell you about their effects on the body, and their medicinal properties.

“Polyana Kvasova”

“Polyana Kvasova” is an extremely useful mineral water. In terms of its composition, it even surpassed the well-known “Borjomi”, because it has twice the concentration of minerals! It is mined at a depth of 153 meters, because of this the water is not affected by any atmospheric phenomena and its composition remains unchanged. This water is saturated with the following components: sulfates, hydrocarbons, calcium, magnesium, chloride, sodium, potassium and other substances, which makes it healing. Mineral water has proven itself well in the treatment of diseases of the gastrointestinal tract (chronic gastritis, stomach ulcer), liver (chronic viral hepatitis, toxic damage), genitourinary system (chronic pyelonephritis, cystitis, urolithiasis), helps with diabetes, obesity and other diseases. You cannot drink “Polyana Kvasova” on a permanent basis. Sanatorium “Sonyachne Zakarpattia” offers accommodation and treatment with the waters of “Polyana Kvasova” for all who wish.

“Polyana Kupil”

“Polyana Kupil” is a medicinal water similar in its composition and properties to “Polyana Kvasova”, but has a milder effect on the body and has no side effects. It is mined from a well 135 meters deep. Water, passing through rocks, is saturated with microelements, which is highly appreciated, because it is not artificially saturated in a factory, but given by nature itself.

Indications for the use of Polyany Kupil are: chronic gastritis with increased stomach acidity, uncomplicated stomach ulcer, colitis, pancreatitis, cystitis, etc. People often use it for heartburn. But it should also be used with caution and not constantly. You can undergo treatment and drink water from the spring at the sanatorium “Sonyachne Zakarpattia”.

“Luzhanska”

“Luzhansk” mineral water is widely used in medicine not only for drinking, but also for inhalation procedures, taking carbon dioxide baths, intestinal washings, and it is probably the most popular iodized water in the Carpathians. For therapeutic purposes, mineral water “Luzhanska” is prescribed for chronic diseases of the gastrointestinal tract (GI), liver and biliary tract, after operations on the stomach, for diabetes. Water from the springs “Luzhanska-3” and “Luzhanska-4” is rich in calcium, fluorine and iodine. It treats damage to the thyroid gland, diabetes and diseases of the digestive organs. The source “Luzhanska-7” is suitable for those who suffer from respiratory diseases, chronic liver diseases, and is also useful for the nervous and cardiovascular systems. You can drink “Luzhanska” in sanatoriums “Kvitka Polonyny” and “Crystal spring“, or rent an apartment or a house from locals and drink water from pump stations.

Treat yourself with water and be healthy! But before starting the healing process with water, it is better to first consult with your doctor and familiarize yourself with the contraindications, and remember that the use of any medical water is prohibited during the period of exacerbation of diseases, because even the best mineral water can be harmful!

☼ Мінеральні води Квасів

☼ Mineral waters of Kvasy

Mineral springs are the wealth of Kvasy village. There are more than 80 springs and their water is compared to the springs of Baden-Baden. The sources differ in composition: some of them are Kislovodsk narzans, while others are similar to Borjomi, Essentuki, and Arzny. The composition of Kvasiv water is weakly carbonated, arsenic, of low mineralization, with the content of metaboric acid, and it is also chloride-hydrocarbonate-calcium-sodium. Due to the rich composition of water, it has a sour taste.

Arsenic water treats diseases of the musculoskeletal system, the nervous system, improves metabolism in the body and the regulation of the hormonal background, helps reduce the intensity of inflammatory diseases, allergies, and thanks to a wide list of useful substances in the water, complex treatment of the entire body and prevention of various diseases takes place.

It is worth visiting and tasting the mineral water of the Chornotysky deposit and the water of the “Burkut” springs.

To take a health course, drink therapeutic mineral water and relax, you can stay in a sanatorium with arsenic water “Mountain Tysa” , which provides quality medical services, has a high level of service and is characterized by good hospitality. But if you do not plan to stay in a sanatorium, then there is an opportunity to rent a room or a house from locals and walk around the village on your own. During the walk, you will come across many springs where you can drink water for free.

☼ Джерела санаторію «Боржава»

☼ Sources of the sanatorium “Borzhava”

In the Transcarpathian region, on the territory of the former Irshavsky, and now Khustsky, district, in the middle of a thick forest and near a clean mountain river, the famous sanatorium “Borzhava”, which offers several mineral waters with different composition and properties for the treatment and prevention of various diseases. The sanatorium is also known for combining water treatments with natural wine made by local winemakers.

We have studied all the springs with healing waters and will tell you about them.

  • “Olegivska” is characterized by high silicon saturation, it is also weakly mineralized calcium-sodium hydrogen carbonate water. “Olegivska” can be called the elixir of youth due to its silicon content, because it is able to slow down the aging of tissues, improve the production of bone and cartilage tissues, and improve the condition of hair, skin and bones. It is prescribed for the treatment of diseases of the digestive system, obesity, gout, diabetes, stomach disorders, and kidney diseases. It has proven itself well in the treatment of uric acid diathesis, chronic pyelonephritis and colitis.
  • “Borzhavska” – this alkaline mineral water is supplied from deposit #3. It is a low-mineralized calcium-sodium hydrocarbonate and has a good ratio of macro- and microelements in its composition. When using this water, the following effects are expressed: analgesic, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, choleretic and diuretic. It helps to treat pyelonephritis, chronic colitis, chronic inflammation of the pancreas and gall bladder.
  • “Kushnytska No. 876” refers to low-mineralized boric sodium bicarbonate waters. It is located near the sanatorium in the village of Kushnytsia. It is extremely useful in the treatment of urolithiasis, non-calculous cholecystitis, chronic pancreatitis, gastritis, liver pathologies. It also stabilizes acid formation in the stomach, regulates the motor and secretory function of the intestines, and has an anti-inflammatory effect.
  • “Kushnytska No. 12-i” is low-mineralized, bicarbonate sodium boric water. It improves protein and carbohydrate metabolism, has an anti-inflammatory effect, normalizes the secretory and motor function of the gastrointestinal tract (GI), reduces acid formation in the stomach, while sodium and potassium regulate water exchange and osmotic pressure, stimulate the production of enzymes. Doctors recommend “Kushnitska No. 12” for the treatment of pyelonephritis, colitis, irritable stomach syndrome, pancreatitis, cholecystitis, stomach ulcers and other diseases.
☼ Шаянська мінеральна вода

☼ Shayanska mineral water

Shayansk water is a gift from the Carpathian mountains, unique in composition and taste. There are two main sources for healing:

  1. Shayan-242″ is weakly mineralized, weakly acidic, hydrogen carbonate-sodium, siliceous water. It can be purchased in stores.
  2. “Shayan-4” is a carbonaceous, siliceous, medium mineralization, calcium-sodium hydrocarbonate. This water cannot be bought in stores because its beneficial properties are lost in a couple of hours outside the source.

Shayan water treats diseases of the stomach and intestines (gastritis, duodenitis, colitis, ulcers), diabetes, chronic fatigue, metabolic syndrome, diseases of the urinary system (urolithiasis, pyelonephritis), pathologies of the musculoskeletal system.

You can be treated with Shayan water by staying in sanatoriums Shayan, “Trembita” and “Carpathia”. Or simply drink water from the pumps for free.

Мінеральні води Деренівська Купіль

☼ Derenivska Kupil

In the village of Nizhne Solotvino in Zakarpattia Oblast there are extremely useful and healing sources of mineral water that cure many diseases. We will talk about three mineral waters that are worth trying.

  • “Derenivska Kupil” is mineral water in the Carpathians that can be consumed every day. It is extracted from its own artesian well. Its composition contains many micro- and macroelements, as well as silicon, zinc, copper, iodine, and hydrocarbons. It has a pronounced antibacterial effect, has detoxification properties, improves the lipid spectrum of the blood, slows down the aging of the body. It has a positive effect on the condition of the liver, bile ducts and intestines. It can be used even with disorders of the cardiovascular system.
  • “Zakarpatska-1” – comes from an artesian well from a depth of 352 m. The water slows down the aging process, has detoxification, lipid-correcting properties, reduces the level of cholesterol and triglycerides. Due to the presence of sulfates and magnesium in the composition of water, it has a positive effect on the liver and normalizes the motor function of the gallbladder. And due to the combination of calcium and silicic acid, it has a good effect on bone metabolism and collagen production.
  • “Zakarpatska-2” – mineral, thermal water, which is extracted from a depth of 640 meters and has a temperature of 43 °С! Very rich in silicic and boric acid. Because of its detoxifying properties, it is used for chronic endogenous intoxications. Silicon has the function of a sorbent and removes waste from the body. “Zakarpatska-2” is used to treat diseases of the musculoskeletal system and joints, metabolic disorders, gynecological diseases and pathologies.

Sanatorium “Derenivska Kupil” is located in the village of Nizhne Solotvino of the Uzhgorod district and offers its accommodation and treatment services to everyone.

List of mineral waters of Transcarpathia

💦 Mineral water 🗺 Where
“Polyana Kvasova” Polyana and Solochyn
“Polyana Kupil” Polyana and Solochyn
“Luzhanska-3” Polyana and Solochyn
“Luzhanska-4” Polyana and Solochyn
“Luzhanska-7” Polyana and Solochyn
“Shayan-242” Shayan
“Shayan-4” Shayan
“Derenivska Kupil” Nyzhne Solotvyno
“Zakarpatska-1” Nyzhne Solotvyno
“Zakarpatska-2” Nyzhne Solotvyno
“Olegivska” Borzhava Sanatorium
“Borzhavska” Borzhava Sanatorium
“Kushnytska #876” Borzhava Sanatorium
“Kushnytska №12” Borzhava Sanatorium
Arsenic water Kvasy
“Sofia” Truskavets
“Bronislava” Truskavets
“Maria” Truskavets
“Yuzya” Truskavets
“Naftusia” Truskavets
“Skhidnytsia Naftusia” Skhidnitsa
Source #1C Skhidnitsa
Source #1 Morshyn
Source #6 Morshyn
Source “Mother of God” #4 Morshyn

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What are mineral waters?
Mineral waters are surface or underground waters in Transcarpathia and in other regions and countries, which contain an increased content of gases, chemical compounds and elements with various properties and therapeutic effects on the human body. Unlike fresh water, mineral water cannot be abused, as this leads to negative health consequences. It is better to drink such water on the recommendation of a doctor.
Where are the mineral waters in Zakarpattia?
Transcarpathia is rich in healing waters and there are many healing springs in every district. In our article, we have listed all the most popular and useful mineral waters of Transcarpathia, their properties, effects on the body, and sanatoriums where you can take a health course.
How to drink mineral water?
First of all, any mineral water should be added to your diet with caution and as prescribed by a doctor. Mineral water is used like ordinary fresh water, but following a clear dosage. Some water is drunk from special dishes. For example, "Naftusia" therapeutic water should be drunk from a special dish, because it can destroy tooth enamel.
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He was born and lived all his life in Uzhhorod. He graduated with a gold medal from Uzhhorod School No. 1 named after Taras Shevchenko (now Uzhhorod Lyceum named after Taras Shevchenko). He studied at the History Department of UzhNU, graduating with honours in 2009. He worked as a senior researcher at the Transcarpathian Museum of Folk Architecture and Life, a lecturer at the East European Slavic University.