Japanese magazine “Nikkei” has published an article by physician Itaru
Ishii`s “Crude oil treatment makes you feel good” on Naftalan
President of Ishii Brothers` Co. Itaru Ishii gave information on his
visit to Azerbaijan and Naftalan petroleum spas, which are claimed to be
an effective treatment against many diseases.
The author underlines that the properties of the oil extracted from
Naftalan are known since ancient times. While Naftalan crude oil is too
heavy for normal export uses, it contains about 50 percent naphthalene, a
hydrocarbon that is the active ingredient in coal tar soaps, which are
used to treat psoriasis. As such, it is only used for medicinal
purposes. The naphthalene in the oil has given it therapeutic
properties; however it is not clear whether it is also a possible
For centuries the local oil has been transformed into an ointment
exported all to Asia and the Middle East, and patients have travelled
thousands of kilometers to benefit from the Naftalan treatments.
The main natural curing factor is unique Naftalan oil which is extracted
from bore wells and used for curing of diseases and after-effects of
injury of motor and supporting organs, diseases of peripheral nervous
system, skin, peripheral vessels and gynecological disorders.
The article says that German and Japan soldiers have kept medicine made
by Naftalan oil in their rucksacks during the First World War. The author also highlighted the redevelopment works implemented in Naftalan.