The Kangal Psoriasis Treatment and Fishy Therapy Center, located in a rural green
valley, is 98 km from Sivas and 13 km from the centre of the
town of Kangal. The spring is unique because psoriasis, an
illness which has no cure in modern medicine, is healed in
thermal water rich in minerals. There is a gram of selenium
per liter of water that has a temperature of 37 Degrees
Celsius (98.6). It is miraculous in itself that these ‘Dr.
Fish’, as they are known, are capable of living in water of
such high temperature. Due to its location high above sea
level, additional physical and psychological benefits are
experienced from receiving treatment with ultraviolet
rays. Please check out our
weather page for weather conditions in Sivas Kangal.
There is no psoriasis treatment comparable worldwide that offers
all the benefits of the Kangal Spa. It was only a reed-bed
until 1917, at which time it attracted the attention of the
public by chance when a shepherd hurt his foot only to see
it healed by the water of the spring. Simple buildings were
later constructed in the 1950's and the springs were taken
over by the local administration of Sivas in the 1060’s; it
was at this time that several lodging facilities were built.
In later years the public used the area as a summer resort but it
was not until a journalist interviewed a psoriasis patient
on his treatment at the spring that the world began to take
Resort Facilities (Virtual
tour at the treatment center)
The hotel built separate pools for men and women along with two
indoor treatment pools. There are 16 private baths available
in Winter that are centrally heated by a pipe running from
the hotel to the pool. The Kangal Thermal hotel is equipped
with a total of 147 rooms, of which there are 144 standard
rooms and 3 suites.
Please click the icon (certificate) on the left to view
the certificate given from the Turkish Ministry of
Health. Authorization from the State bares much
importance for health related businesses in Turkey.
Fish Garra Rufa (Please click here for
The Kangal Fish Spring is home to 2 varieties of toothless fish
that miraculously live in its 37 degree Celsius water (98.6
degrees Fahrenheit). These fish, that never grow larger than
10 cm (4 inches), cannot be found anywhere else in the
world. Scientifically, a 21-day treatment regimen is highly
recommended for optimal treatment results.
The Conclusion Manifesto of the Psoriasis Research Panel at the
Kangal Fishy Spa in Turkey,
(20. 06. 2001) reads as follows:
Psoriasis is a pretty common and chronic skin disease. Together
with numerous studies regarding the formation of the
diseases there are various treatment applications. However,
we should keep in mind that since there is no cure, the
disease may repeat itself. In its repetition stage, the
psychological aspect of the patient is of great importance.
For a long time, spa and climatic treatments have been the
ongoing treatment methods for various diseases, and it is in
this sense that the fishy spa is interesting. With its
climate, fish and water, which are used by the patients
suffering from psoriasis, some positive results have been
achieved through natural ultraviolet effects of selenium in
the water at high altitudes, and the cleaning of the scum
by the fish.
It is with this aspect and treatment factor, that the spa is a
candidate for becoming an internationally accepted and
significant center for health care tourism.
Interviews (Please log on our video gallery)
Prof. Dr. Sedat Ozcelik: I have been observing and dealing with
this spring for about 20 years. I can safely say that the
patients who have come to the spring were clinically cured
in 1 or 3 weeks. The group therapy, the effect of natural
ultraviolet radiation, the Jacuzzi effect of the pools, the
effect of selenium, the short period of (4-8) decapitate of
scams by the fish, and the Zinc effect all have an important
role in healing of psoriasis. Again, according to my
observations, I have seen that the healing process of this
treatment has been observed to last for as long as a
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Patient from Turkey (1): The doctors have given me various
treatments but the illness just keeps on coming back.
Patient from Turkey (2): I had psoriasis all over my body on
my head, my legs, and my arms. I felt embraced being around
Patient from Turkey (3): This is my first visit and I have
been here for 5 days. It has been really wonderful. Now I am
going to stay for 21 days.
Patient from Turkey (4): I am here on holiday. I have made
lots of friends, everything is great.
Patient from Ireland : I got the information from a health
show on TV at home in Ireland. They said that the doctor
fishes were good. I went to a doctor for a few times he gave
me cream and antibiotic but it was not successful. I find a
very good here.
The Kangal Thermal Fish Spring has been featured in media
abroad and it is now well-known in Europe, Asia, the USA and
the Far East.
You can now
book your reservations
for the Thermal Spring which is open 12 months of the year!