Introduction: Art & Science of Blue River Mineral Hot Spring
Balneology is the scientific study of naturally occurring mineral waters while Balneotherapy is the practical study and application of the health benefits of water. In Europe and Japan, balneology and hot springs therapy is a prominent part of routine medical care, though it is not a well-known practice in the United States. In fact, medical prescriptions utilizing mineral waters as a part of preventative medicine are given by licensed doctors for the treatment of a wide range of conditions. Balneologists in Europe and Japan have widely accepted standards to classify hot springs properties.