Radon treatment

Radon Treatment

Natural Healing and Pain Relief in Europe

Discover the World of Radon Treatments

On this page you will find all the important information on radon treatment: its definition, origins, the classic treatment areas and how and where you can enjoy a magnificent healthy holiday with radon treatments.


What Is Radon Therapy?

Radon Treatment Definition:

Radon therapy is a type of medical treatment using naturally produced radon gas in specific quantities to relieve chronic pain and fatigue. Radon is a radioactive gas that is colourless, odourless and tasteless. It is also sometimes referred to as radium therapy, as radon immediately emanates from radium as it dissolves (it is the immediate decay product of radium). In Europe the use of radon in therapy is part of a centuries-old spa therapy tradition. Patients take the waters, both as baths and for drinking.

Radon Therapy Origins:

Radium was first discovered by the chemist Marie Curie in the spa town of Jáchymov in the Czech Republic, who named it so because of its radioactive properties. Curie also developed its use in small gold seeds as a treatment for cancer. The gold filters out the alpha and beta rays, leaving just gamma rays to target cancerous cells, which are destroyed more quickly than healthy cells. In addition, due to its fast rate of decay (disappears quickly when it leaves its source), it can accurately target certain areas.



Find Your Perfect Radon Spa Hotel

If you already have an idea of where you'd like to go for your radon holiday, use our search bar below to find your perfect radon spa hotel! You can also tailor the results to any specific requests, like duration of stay, destination, board type and room type.

Where Can You Experience Natural Radon Therapy?

Radon in Europe

We are in fact constantly exposed to radon in minute and harmless quantities. It can be found in higher quantities, for example, in uranium ores, phosphate rock, granite and limestone, accumulating in caves or water. Due to the fact that it disappears quickly the further away it gets from its source, quantities of radon can vary greatly with season and atmospheric conditions. High concentrations of radon can also be found in some spring waters and hot springs.The mineral spring water must have a certain radon concentration of 2 nCi/L (74 kBq/m3) to be classified as radon mineral water.

There are a few well-known locations for this therapy in Europe:

  • Jáchymov - Czech Republic: nestled in a valley in the mountains, home to a former silver mine and a radon-containing thermal spring.
  • Bad Gastein - Austria: located in the High Tauern mountains, the town is known for its Belle Epoque style hotels, radon healing galleries within the mountains and its beautiful waterfall.
  • Weißenstadt - Germany: situated on the edge of the beautiful Weißenstadter lake not far from the Fichtel mountains, this Bavarian town is home to a radon source and many excellent spa therapies.
  • Świeradów-Zdrój - Poland: set amongst the green Jizera mountains, this spa town is also home to high quality therapies and a radon source.
  • Bad Kreuznach - Germany: amongst the rolling hills of the Rhineland-Palatinate region, this spa town has beautiful nature and dedicated radon galleries.

Check out our top recommended radon destinations below!


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Doctor gives good medical advice to a man who is about to start a radon therapy programme due to worstening arthritis pains
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Why Can Radon Treatment be Effective?

Benefits of Radon Therapy

Exposing yourself to limited quantities of radon for health benefits has been suggested to improve autoimmune diseases such as arthritis as well as energise and invigorate the body. For some patients, it has also been shown to alleviate pain from arthritis or joint issues effectively, allowing sufferers to stop using medication for months at a time and thus providing relief from medical side effects as well as the financial burden.

Some scientists suggest that radon can indeed have health benefits due to the hormesis phenomenon, where small amounts of stress on the body, e.g. through chemical, heat or ionising radiation, can stimulate the immune system and have a beneficial effect, even though higher doses of the same chemical or radiation would be harmful. Low doses have been shown to stimulate growth, DNA repair and antioxidant action, and immune response. A specific dose of radiation is prescribed depending on the indication.


  • Ankylosing spondylitis and other spondyloarthropathies
  • Arthritis
  • Chronic inflammatory rheumatic diseases
  • Psoriasis arthropathy/psoriasis
  • Degenerative spinal diseases
  • Degenerative joint diseases (arthroses)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic effects of injuries from accidents and sports
  • Post operation symptoms
  • Neuralgia, neuritis, polyneuropathies
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Neurodermatitis
  • Scleroderma


  • Not suitable for pregnant women or children/adolescents
  • Hyperthyreosis
  • If you have successfully recovered from a malignant tumour and have used chemotherapy/immunotherapy/radiotherapy there must be at least 1 year between finishing the treatment and undertaking radon spa therapy.

Although SpaDreams can offer general guidance on this topic, you should always consult with your doctor to see if radon therapy would be suitable for your needs.

What Does Radon Therapy Involve?

Radon is either absorbed via inhalation therapy, sitting in a cave or close to a mineral spring where the air has a low volume of radon, or absorbed through the skin by bathing in natural radon-containing mineral water.

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