Wellness trip Arkhyz - Sour Lashtraksky springs

Our route lay from the border zone of the village of Arkhyz of the Karachay-Cherkess Republic through a mountainous area with springs, the river Phish and Arkhyz and mountain passes from 1.5 km to 2.5 km. The first route was from s. Arkhyz to the settlement of Phiya is about 30 km. Further from Phiya to the Sour springs 18 km. And back the same way. The total number of trips was 6 days. One and a half to Sour springs, three days of healing at the sources with a three-day fasting and a half days of the return route. See the map in the photo. The springs themselves are located on the border with Abkhazia of the main Caucasian ridge at an altitude of almost 2000 m. Surrounded by mountains, waterfalls, the Lashtrak and Sancharo rivers and coniferous forests. The situation itself is already prompting spiritual and physical recovery. Numerous medicinal herbs grow here: St. John's wort, thyme, angelica, snake highlander, comfrey, primrose, golden rod, coltsfoot and others. Narrowly endemic species: alyssum cormock, woodruff, Stevin hogweed, cuff. There are many “redbooks”: Caucasian hellebore, orchis (salep), two-faced love, magnificent colchicum.
Before leaving, it is imperative to obtain a pass and preferably a month in advance. For contacts, see the FSB website.

History.
These sources were known a long time ago when a caravan route passed from Persia to Pontus Euxinus - the Black Sea along the gorge of Big Laba and Sancharo. Silk and spice traders were pioneers of the springs, seeing the characteristic red deposits they knew from the Pyatigorye and Kabarda. This place is very convenient, only two kilometers to the west is the Chmakhara pass (2486 m), and in the southwest, three kilometers, the research base under the medical influence of sources was brought in the fifties by a group studying water and mineral springs from Germany. The Germans came here with a mobile laboratory, in which they analyzed the properties of these mineral waters. Some of them turned out to be similar to the sources of the Caucasian Mineral Waters, some to the waters of Georgia and Armenia, while the composition of some was so peculiar that they did not find analogues in the whole Caucasus. German researchers meticulously inscribed its healing properties over each source, and subsequently our patients translated these inscriptions into Russian. So the words “Kidneys”, “Liver”, “Heart”, “Gout” and even “Worms” appeared on red stones. And all in all, at least 13 diseases can be cured here. Pyatigorsk Scientific Research Institute of Balneology and Physiotherapy in 1961 and St. Petersburg Scientific Research Institute Pirogov in 1983 scientifically confirmed the healing properties of the sources. The composition of the water of each source corresponds to a specific disease. According to the inscriptions on the stones, the following can be distinguished from the sources: “Heart”, “Holy Water”, “Goiter”, “Teeth”, “Lungs”, “Hemorrhoids”, “Stomach”, “Intestine”, “Women's Diseases”, “Ear, throat, nose”, “Worms”, “Kidneys”, “Diabetes mellitus”, “Nerves”, “Male longevity”, “Polyarthritis”.

Recovery.
In order to get the effect of treatment, you need a course of at least 40 days. The first 20 days for acclimatization and the next for treatment. At the same time, the sources themselves must be as long as possible, slowly taking water the first day from the male spring on the left at the entrance, because that dead water. And the very next day, to take water from all 29 springs in stages in half an hour and breathing the unique air surrounding this oasis. On the third day, the body itself will tell you what water it needs to take. It is important to know that water should be taken 30 minutes before meals and 2 hours after meals, otherwise there will be an upset stomach. Different types of spring water should be taken in the range for at least half an hour. There are remote ones that work favorably with the joints, but immersion is necessary completely, since there is a distribution of water energy from the pole + located in the area of ​​the head and the pole - in the area of ​​the legs.
Some water from the springs can be taken with you - for example Arkhyz. Only in dark containers and stored in a cool place.
The composition of the water of each source corresponds to a specific disease. Legends say that people saved lives and restored their health at sources when official medicine was not able to do this. The beneficial effect of these waters knows no analogues. For a week at the source, a person significantly improves their health. Phytoncides secreted by virgin coniferous forest and negative ions prevailing in the local air expel allergies, strengthen the cardiovascular system and the body as a whole.

Coordinates: 43°29'23.7"N  40°56'57.2"E