Antonietta Aversano, Francesca Wanda Rossi, Francesca Cammarota, Amato De Paulis, Paola Izzo, Marina De Rosa
Balneotherapy and spa therapy have been used in the treatment of ailments since time immemorial. Moreover, there is evidence to suggest that the beneficial effects of thermal water continue for months following the completion of treatment. The mechanisms through which thermal water exerts its healing effects remain unknown. Both balneological and hydroponic therapy at 'the oldest spa in the world', namely, the Nitrodi spring on the Island of Ischia (Southern Italy) are effective in a number of diseases and conditions...
July 16, 2020: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
Rajko Fureš, Dubravko Habek, Zlatko Hrgović, Dora Fureš
To understand the development of public health in Croatia, there are newer insights into the life and work of John the Baptist Lalangue. John the Baptist Lalangue is most valued for implementation of the imperial law on public health and promotion of midwifery in Croatia during the second half of the 18th century. Lalangue is the author of the first printed medical textbook in Croatian, published in 1776, entitled Medicina ruralis iliti Vrachtva ladanyszka, za potrebochu musev, y sziromakov Horvatczkoga orszaga y okolu nyega, blisnesseh mest , Trattnern, Varaždin...
March 2020: Acta Clinica Croatica
Massimo Clementi, Carlo Signorelli, Vincenzo Romano Spica, Matteo Vitali, Marco Conti, Marco Vitale
During the COVID-19 pandemics, balneotherapic establishments were closed in Italy like in the rest of Europe. The Italian Foundation for Research in balneotherapy (FoRST) was asked to prepare a safety protocol to be proposed to the National Health Authorities to allow the establishments to restart their activity when possible, under safe conditions (the so-called Phase-2). The group of experts proposed the following hygienic and sanitary protocols of risk management for the initial reopening of the balneology settings in Italy...
July 20, 2020: Acta Bio-medica: Atenei Parmensis
A D Fesyun, M Yu Yakovlev, Ya A Litvinuk
THE PURPOSE OF THIS WORK: Is to analyze the current state of the sanatorium-and-spa complex of the Russian Federation and to develop promising ways of its development. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The state analysis was carried out on the basis of the results of field events, including the assessment of the quality of medical care; video conference call results; data from the State Register of the Resort Fund of the Russian Federation; reports on medical rehabilitation for people with disabilities and children with disabilities in medical and sanatorium-and-spa organizations...
2020: Voprosy Kurortologii, Fizioterapii, i Lechebnoĭ Fizicheskoĭ Kultury
V N Zavgorudko, S V Sidorenko, V V Kortelev, T I Zavgorudko, G V Zavgorudko
The article is devoted to the history of the creation and establishment of the Far Eastern resort «Talaya», located in the Far North of Russia, in the Magadan Region among the hills of the Kolyma Range, in the valley of the Talaya River. A historical essay is presented from 1868 to the present days, including periods of the resort's development at various stages of Russia's formation (pre-revolutionary, post-revolutionary periods, the era of developed socialism, present times). The contribution of resort doctors, geologists, employees of research institutes to the study of the mechanism of action and clinical effectiveness of the use of Tal mineral water is described...
2020: Voprosy Kurortologii, Fizioterapii, i Lechebnoĭ Fizicheskoĭ Kultury
P L Bernard, G Ninot, N Raffort, B Aliaga, L Gamon, M Faucanie, M C Picot, O Maurelli, S Pla, L Soriteau, J Bousquet, H Blain
BACKGROUND: Analysis of the health profile of participants aged over 65 has been initiated in balneotherapy. AIMS: To determine the benefits of a 3-week outpatient balneotherapy program on patient-reported outcomes. METHODS: Our sample consisted of 1471 people. The average age of the study population was 72.5 years (± 5.1) and 67% of the participants were females. Symptoms intensity was measured by visual analogue scale, and health-related quality of life (HRQL) with the EQ5D questionnaire before and after the program...
June 20, 2020: Aging Clinical and Experimental Research
Lucia Kendrová, Wioletta Mikuľáková, Katarína Urbanová, Štefánia Andraščíková, Silvia Žultáková, Peter Takáč, Yuriy Peresta
BACKGROUND Lymphedema is a clinical manifestation of lymphatic system failure, caused by an imbalance between the transport capacity of the lymphatic system and the volume of the produced lymph. Lymphedema is complication and significantly worsens quality of life (QoL). MATERIAL AND METHODS There were 50 patients diagnosed with secondary lymphedema of the lower extremities after gynecological cancer followed by radiotherapy included in this study. The average age was 57.76 years (standard deviation±10.08)...
June 17, 2020: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
N G Myazina
Main mud resources of brine lakes for balneological purpose form and accumulate in the zone of steppes and semi-deserts in the south and south-east of Russia (for example, in the Caspian Lowland). The main genetic types of peloids in the zone of steppes and semi-deserts are: 1) sulfide silt muds; 2) sapropels; 3) freshwater clayey silts. Sulphide silt muds form in the areal extent of salt-dome tectonics of the Caspian Lowland. According to the salt ionic composition of slush, the peloids of the lakes of the Caspian Lowland are sodium chloride, magnesium, magnesium-sodium; sulphate-chloride magnesium-sodium (less often sodium); the sodium bicarbonate chloride peloids are less common...
2019: Voprosy Kurortologii, Fizioterapii, i Lechebnoĭ Fizicheskoĭ Kultury
V N Zavgorudko, T I Zavgorudko, G V Zavgorudko, S V Sidorenko, V V Kortelev, O A Senkevich
BACKGROUND: It is necessary to develop a balneotherapeutic and tourist-recreational complex on Iturup Island (hereinafter referred to as Iturup Island). This investigation was conducted in the framework of the federal target program 'Socioeconomic development of the Kuril Islands, Sakhalin Region, for 2007-2015' under No. 478 dated 08.09.06. OBJECTIVE: To characterize the balneological resource of the 'Zharkie Vody' (Hot Water) spring on Iturup Island. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Expeditionary studies were conducted at the 'Zharkie Vody' spring located near the village of Raidovo (Iturup Island): its water samples were taken and chemically analyzed in a certified laboratory in Khabarovsk; the biological activity of the mineral water was studied using the Cyto-Expert portable non-invasive diagnostic equipment adapted to the expeditionary conditions...
2019: Voprosy Kurortologii, Fizioterapii, i Lechebnoĭ Fizicheskoĭ Kultury
A V Abramtsova, G V Sagradyan, I I Gaydamaka, D V Kompantsev, B A Gusova, A A Stolyarov, S A Pachin, N K Akhkubekova, L N Shvedunova, L E Starokozhko
BACKGROUND: The urgent tasks of experimental balneology are to design and investigate of the action of native mineral waters (MW) enriched with essential trace elements in order to improve their therapeutic and prophylactic effects. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the mechanisms of direct action of the cycle intake of Essentuki MWs modified with selenium (Essentuki Novaya - MW1, Essentuki No. 4 - MW2) on healthy animals. MATERIAL AND METHODS: According to the experimental conditions, 102 male albino rats were divided into 7 groups using a simple randomization method...
2019: Voprosy Kurortologii, Fizioterapii, i Lechebnoĭ Fizicheskoĭ Kultury
Farideh Amini Birami, Farid Moore, Reza Faghihi, Behnam Keshavarzi
In this study, the spring water quality of a high natural background radiation region in North Iran was evaluated by measuring hydrochemical characteristics and concentration of potentially toxic elements (PTEs) and activity concentration of radioactive elements. The carcinogenicity potential from exposure to PTEs and radioactive elements was also investigated using probabilistic approach. The hydrochemical properties of water samples revealed that there were two different water types in the study area: (1) non-thermal Ca-HCO3 type and (2) thermal Na-Cl type...
December 24, 2019: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Carlos Vaamonde-García, Ángela Vela-Anero, Tamara Hermida-Gómez, Elena Fernández-Burguera, Purificación Filgueira-Fernández, Noa Goyanes, Francisco J Blanco, Rosa Meijide-Faílde
Osteoarthritis (OA) is a chronic joint disease that results in progressive cartilage destruction and subsequently joint dysfunction. Growing evidence indicates beneficial impact of balneological interventions in OA; however, their mechanisms of action are still unclear. Here, we evaluate the effect of balneotherapy in sulfurous water in an OA experimental model. Experimental OA was induced in Wistar rats by transection of the medial collateral ligament and removal of the medial meniscus of the left knee. Animals were randomized into three groups: non-treated (control) and balneotherapy using sulfurous water (SW) or tap water (TW)...
November 1, 2019: International Journal of Biometeorology
Rıza Eröksüz, Fatma Begüm Erol Forestier, Fatih Karaaslan, Romain Forestier, Halim İşsever, Nergis Erdoğan, Müfit Zeki Karagülle, Arif Dönmez
To compare the efficacy of intermittent and consecutive balneological outpatient treatment (hydrotherapy and peloidotherapy) in fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS). A parallel 1:1, single-blind, pilot study was performed. Patients were recruited from musculoskeletal disorders outpatient clinic. Eligible participants were patients aged 18-60, diagnosed as FMS according to ACR 2010 criteria. They were randomly assigned to either consecutive or intermittent treatment groups. Both groups received 20 min of full body immersion in a tap water pool at 38-39 °C and 30 min of mud pack application on the back region at 45 °C...
March 2020: International Journal of Biometeorology
Müfit Zeki Karagülle, Mine Karagülle
Natural waters containing originally hydrogen sulfide (H2S) gas with an S2-level at least 1 mg/L are classified as "sulfur waters" or "hydrogen sulfide waters." This systematic review aimed to evaluate in vivo experimental studies investigating the biological effects of natural H2S water drinking in healthy or with disease model laboratory animals. A comprehensive databases search (PubMed, Embase, Web of Science, and Google Scholar) was performed and PICOS criteria were used to assess eligibility...
November 22, 2019: International Journal of Biometeorology
G G Reshetova
The paper presents the creative biography of Professor E.F. Levitsky, a famous Russian scientist, Honored Scientist of the Russian Federation, Doctor of Medical Sciences, Director (1990-2009), Principal Researcher, Tomsk Research Institute of Balneology and Physiotherapy, Federal Biomedical Agency of Russia; Head, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Physiotherapy and Balneology, Faculty for Advanced Training and Professional Retraining of Specialists, Siberian State Medical University (Tomsk) (1995-2012)...
2019: Voprosy Kurortologii, Fizioterapii, i Lechebnoĭ Fizicheskoĭ Kultury
Jacek Drobnik, Adam Stebel
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Medical or hygienic uses of peat mosses dates back to the 18th century. Peat was used externally (as poultices) in the early 19th century. The peat preparation invented by Stanisław Tołpa (Tołpa peat preparation, TPP) was patented in Poland in 1991; its concept had emerged in the 1980s. It raised high therapeutic expectations still being researched in the early 1990s. Profound expectations for peat, a natural product well known in Central European (and Polish) spas (for medicated baths and poultices), earned Tołpa's preparation great renown before any actual benefits (internal actions) were scientifically confirmed...
January 10, 2020: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
Gellért Gerencsér, István Szabó, Katalin Szendi, Adrienn Hanzel, Bence Raposa, Zoltán Gyöngyi, Csaba Varga
Balneotherapy has been used to treat several diseases including locomotor, neurological and dermatological conditions. The basis of the "organic hypothesis" of medical balneology is that medicinal waters, especially thermal spa and hot spring waters, contain a high variability of organic components with possible biological effects, including UV photo-protection. The recent study aims to clarify this effect in a human keratinocyte cell line model. Results confirm that organic-rich extract of selected medicinal waters might protect skin-derived cells from DNA damage...
August 1, 2019: International Journal of Biometeorology
Isabel Gálvez, Silvia Torres-Piles, Eduardo Ortega
Recent findings from our laboratory highlight the role of the modulation of the innate immune function and systemic inflammatory response in the effectiveness of balneotherapy in rheumatic diseases, specifically in elderly patients with osteoarthritis. Immune-neuroendocrine and stress mediators are involved in these effects. The 'bioregulatory effect of balneotherapy' has also been recently proposed as a mechanism of effectiveness that consists of a reduction in systemic pro-inflammatory mediators together with the achievement of an optimal innate response through stimulation (or at least lack of impairment) of the innate defences against pathogens (i...
June 19, 2019: International Journal of Biometeorology
Z R Zunnunov
BACKGROUND: Investigations into the medicinal properties of 'Omonkhona' mineral water used for the treatment of hepatobiliary pathology make up the entirely new field of balneological research in Uzbekistan. AIM: The objective of the present study was to identify the hepatoprotective and choleretic components of the 'Omonkhona' mineral water and elucidate their action in the patients presenting with the diseases of the hepatobiliary system. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A total of 77 patients suffering from the diseases of the hepatobiliary system were available for the examination including 38 patients with chronic hepatitis (CH), 17 with chronic cholecystitis (CC), and 22 patients with liver cirrhosis (Cr)...
2019: Voprosy Kurortologii, Fizioterapii, i Lechebnoĭ Fizicheskoĭ Kultury
Hidayet Yücesoy, İlker Geçmen, Tuba Adıgüzel, Mine Karagülle, Müfit Zeki Karagülle
The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of balneological outpatient treatment including hydrotherapy and peloidotherapy on patients with chronic low back pain. In this retrospective observational study, the records (between 2008 and 2016) of patients who have undergone balneological outpatient treatment at the Department of Medical Ecology and Hydroclimatology were analyzed. The patients were examined and assessed by an experienced physician before and after the treatment. Outcome measures were the Pain Visual Analog Scale (VAS), patient's and physician's global assessment (VAS), Health Assessment Questionnaire (HAQ), and the Waddell Disability Index...
March 2019: International Journal of Biometeorology
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