The impact of fullerenes on water was discovered much earlier. In 1714, in Karelia not far from Petrozavodsk, a healing spring was found. It was bound to be mapped as small village named Shunga and the first balneotherapeutic health resort in Russia. In honour of the god Mars, the resort was named Marcial Water. Since 1719, people with heart and liver diseases, rheumatism and other conditions were sent to this place for recuperation. The treatment of many diseases with the help of Karelian mineral water was so effective that people forgot forever about ulcers, stomach pain, hepatitis and anaemia.

Peter I visited the resort four times: in 1719, 1720, 1722 and 1724. The treatment results were so favourable that the tsar ordered the construction of a palace near the resort. Currently, the sanatoriums Marcial Water and Dvortsy (Palaces) are operating at the “Tsar’s resort”.

Having got wind of the miraculous nature-cure, St. Petersburg and Moscow people attempted to get health by home delivery. However, to the big regret of the capitol nobility, transporting water from Karelia to Moscow turned out to be a senseless undertaking. Similar to melt water, marcial water lost its wonderful properties very fast. They also could not be reproduced by infusing the water with shungite.

For long, no one could explain the reason of the specific healing properties of the tsar’s water spring. Only after fullerene was found in the shungite rock through which the water flows, it was assumed that fullerene is the substance that determines the healing effect of marcial water.