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  1. Climatotherapy in Psoriasis

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    Sedat Özçelik

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available Hydroclimatology is used successfully as a treatment modality for psoriasis, either solely or as an adjunct to more specific treatments. Climatotherapy is a type of treatment utilizing the atmosphere, temperature, humidity, sun light, sea water, thermo-mineral water and mud. Therapeutic effect is achieved through the combined action of sun light, sea water, and fresh air and, of combinations with spa water. Some elements such as selenium, magnesium, potassium, slica, calcium, sulfates, and sodium, found in water, are believed to be absorbed through the skin, and are also beneficial for the good therapeutic response to climatotherapy. Important climatotherapy centers for psoriasis in the world are Dead Sea, Kangal Hot Spring with Fish, Blue Lagoon, Black Sea-Bulgaria, and La Roche- Possay. Climatotherapy of psoriasis are alternative therapeutic options for the management of psoriasis. The promising results together with the combination of treatment and complete physical/mental recreation result in the growing popularity of these therapeutic options amongst the patients. However, further research and larger controlled studies are needed to evaluate the mechanism of action as well as to compare the efficacy of climatherapy to conventional therapeutic modalities.

  2. Radioactivity in Sediment and Sea-water Used in Climatotherapy in Safaga, Red Sea, Egypt

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    Climatotherapy at Safaga Red-Sea has showed objective improvement in patients suffering from Psoriasis and Rheumatoid Arthritis after sediment and sea water bath therapy. The mechanism of the healing is not still understood, but one of the ideas is that certain elements and metals diffuse into the blood and have a healing effect. In this study, natural and artificial radioactivity and chemical analysis in samples collected from this rehabilitation area and its surroundings were measured using several techniques gamma spectrometry, alpha spectrometry and X ray fluorescence. The aim of this study is to detect any harmful radiation that would affect the patients during treatment.238U, 232Th, 40K and 137Cs specific activity concentrations were measured using gamma spectrometer based on Hp-Ge detector. The specific activity concentrations of 238U, 234U, 238Pu, 239+240Pu were measured using alpha spectrometer based on surface barrier detector after applying sensitive radiochemical procedures. The isotopic ratios 234U/ 238U were calculated for evaluation of the geochemical behavior of the nuclides. The specific activity concentrations of 238U obtained by gamma spectrometry technique were compared to that obtained using alpha spectrometer technique. The radium equivalent activities, the radiation hazard index and the external dose associated with the natural radionuclides were calculated. Chemical analysis were done using x-ray fluorescence in some selective samples

  3. SPELEOTHERAPY EFFECTS ON WISTAR RATS REFLECTED BY PULMONARY AND DERMAL FIBROBLASTS CULTURES 

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    Munteanu Constantin; Munteanu Diana; Simionca Iuri; Hoteteu Mihai; Cinteza Delia; Lazarescu Horia

    2012-01-01

    Abstract: Speleotherapy – a special kind of climatotherapy, uses the certain conditions of caves and salt mines to cure several diseases, especially respiratory and skin diseases. Atmospheric dust could cause allergic reactions or asthmatic attacks.The cave air is very low on dust. This fact reduces any kind of irritation. In this way, the symptoms of the diseases are reduced or eliminated completely, while the patient is in the cave. But that does not explain how it should have a longer last...

  4. Complementary and alternative medicine for psoriasis: what the dermatologist needs to know.

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    Talbott, Whitney; Duffy, Nana

    2015-06-01

    Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use is common among patients with psoriasis. CAM modalities include traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), herbal therapies, dietary supplements, climatotherapy, and mind/body interventions. In this review, evidence from clinical trials investigating the efficacy of CAM for psoriasis is reviewed. There is a large amount of evidence from controlled trials that have shown that the combination of TCM with traditional therapies for psoriasis is more efficacious than traditional therapies alone. Herbal therapies that have the most evidence for efficacy are Mahonia aquifolium and indigo naturalis, while there is a smaller amount of evidence for aloe vera, neem, and extracts of sweet whey. Dietary supplementation in patients with psoriasis demonstrates consistent evidence supporting the efficacy of fish oil supplements. Zinc supplementation has not been shown to be effective; however, some evidence is available (albeit conflicting) for vitamin D, vitamin B12, and selenium supplementation. Overwhelming evidence supports the effectiveness of Dead Sea climatotherapy. Finally, mindfulness-based stress reduction can be helpful as adjuvant treatment of psoriasis. There are potential benefits to these modalities, but also potential side issues. Concerns with CAM include, but are not limited to, contamination of TCM products with heavy metals or corticosteroids, systemic toxicity or contact dermatitis from herbal supplements, and ultraviolet light-induced carcinomas from climatotherapy. Dermatologists should be aware of these benefits and side effects to allow for informed discussions with their patients. PMID:25904522

  5. [Pulmonary autoantibodies in bronchial asthma patients undergoing cave and climate therapy in Bystrá].

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    Pasková, S; Kolesár, J; Siposová, E

    1976-01-01

    Pulmonary autoantibodies were determined by us in the sera of 37 patients who underwent a 6-week speleo- and climatotherapy in the cave of Bystrá. The titres found in both groups of patients showed no difference. Global evaluation revealed a high incidence of pulmonary autoantibodies. We saw a direct relationship between the titre and the degree of severity of the disease or the clinical condition. The demonstration of circulating pulmonary autoantibodies in bronchial asthma is possibly not only of diagnostic value but also of prognostic importance. PMID:135497

  6. Natural radioactivity in sand used in thermal therapy at the Red Sea Coast

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    The development of climatotherapy in Safaga opens the field of medical tourism in Egypt, in order to detect any harmful radiation that would affect the patients during treatment and is becoming important economic resource. Studies and survey of natural radiation and radioactivity in upper Egypt conducted since 1990, included monitoring of the concentration of natural radionuclides in environmental samples. The results of the study reveals that, for all sand samples, the mean activity concentration of 40K (618 ± 122-548 ± 82 Bq kg-1) are much higher than that of both 226Ra (25.3 ± 14-20.6 ± 10 Bq kg-1) and 232Th (21.4 ± 10-22.4 ± 10 Bq kg-1). Different radiation hazard indices were calculated, the radiation dose to which workers are subjected is not negligible (26.5-50.9 nGy h-1), although depending on the inhalation of dust

  7. Spa treatment of Chernobyl liquidators in Israel

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    This paper presents the first experience gained in the use of the unique climate and spa of the Dead Sea for the treatment and rehabilitation of the Chernobyl liquidators at clinic near the city of Arad. Ninety-six patients were treated in Israel, in 40 of these radiation was the etiological factor of the disease: consequences of acute and chronic radiation disease, the astheno-neurotic syndrome, discirculatory encephalopathy, subatrophic laryngopharyngitis, and obstructive bronchitis. Eighty-eight patients had direct indications for treatment at the Dad Sea; locomotory, respiratory, and skin diseases. The course of treatment included the Dad Sea baths, mud applications, sun baths, climatotherapy, physiotherapy, massage, bioenergy therapy, inhalations, moisturizing creams, etc. An appreciable improvement with resolution of the principal symptoms was attained in 82% of patients, in 13% improvement with a significant abatement of the symptoms was achieved, whereas in 5% no apparent results were seen

  8. The disease of Franz Kafka.

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    Mydlík, M; Derzsiová, K

    2005-01-01

    On June 3, 2004, 80 years have passed since the death of one of the greatest and the most important world writers of 20th century, the Prague German writer Franz Kafka. On November 5, 2004 we reminded that remarkable anniversary, which was also the 3rd anniversary of revelation of the monument of Franz Kafka in Tatranské Matliare, the High Tatras. Franz Kafka suffered from lung tuberculosis from 1917 until his death 1924. He was treated on lung tuberculosis in the sanatorium "Villa Tatra" from December 20, 1920 until August 27, 1921 in Tatranské Matliare, the High Tatras. Lung tuberculosis was a very dangerous disease in that time and the treatment by dietotherapy, climatotherapy and symptomatic therapy without antituberculotic drugs was less effective in many patients. In the paper the disease of Franz Kafka was described according to available literature.

  9. The disease of Franz Kafka.

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    Mydlík, M; Derzsiová, K

    2005-01-01

    On June 3, 2004, 80 years have passed since the death of one of the greatest and the most important world writers of 20th century, the Prague German writer Franz Kafka. On November 5, 2004 we reminded that remarkable anniversary, which was also the 3rd anniversary of revelation of the monument of Franz Kafka in Tatranské Matliare, the High Tatras. Franz Kafka suffered from lung tuberculosis from 1917 until his death 1924. He was treated on lung tuberculosis in the sanatorium "Villa Tatra" from December 20, 1920 until August 27, 1921 in Tatranské Matliare, the High Tatras. Lung tuberculosis was a very dangerous disease in that time and the treatment by dietotherapy, climatotherapy and symptomatic therapy without antituberculotic drugs was less effective in many patients. In the paper the disease of Franz Kafka was described according to available literature. PMID:16463589

  10. A proposal for a worldwide definition of health resort medicine, balneology, medical hydrology and climatology

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    Gutenbrunner, Christoph; Bender, Tamas; Cantista, Pedro; Karagülle, Zeki

    2010-09-01

    Health Resort Medicine, Balneology, Medical Hydrology and Climatology are not fully recognised as independent medical specialties at a global international level. Analysing the reasons, we can identify both external (from outside the field) and internal (from inside the field) factors. External arguments include, e.g. the lack of scientific evidence, the fact that Balneotherapy and Climatotherapy is not used in all countries, and the fact that Health Resort Medicine, Balneology, Medical Hydrology and Climatology focus only on single methods and do not have a comprehensive concept. Implicit barriers are the lack of international accepted terms in the field, the restriction of being allowed to practice the activities only in specific settings, and the trend to use Balneotherapy mainly for wellness concepts. Especially the implicit barriers should be subject to intense discussions among scientists and specialists. This paper suggests one option to tackle the problem of implicit barriers by making a proposal for a structure and description of the medical field, and to provide some commonly acceptable descriptions of content and terminology. The medical area can be defined as “medicine in health resorts” (or “health resort medicine”). Health resort medicine includes “all medical activities originated and derived in health resorts based on scientific evidence aiming at health promotion, prevention, therapy and rehabilitation”. Core elements of health resort interventions in health resorts are balneotherapy, hydrotherapy, and climatotherapy. Health resort medicine can be used for health promotion, prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation. The use of natural mineral waters, gases and peloids in many countries is called balneotherapy, but other (equivalent) terms exist. Substances used for balneotherapy are medical mineral waters, medical peloids, and natural gases (bathing, drinking, inhalation, etc.). The use of plain water (tap water) for therapy is called

  11. Natural radioactivity in sand used in thermal therapy at the Red Sea Coast

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    El-Arabi, A.M. [Physics Department, Faculty of Science Qena, South Valley University (Egypt)]. E-mail: elarabi21@yahoo.com

    2005-07-01

    The development of climatotherapy in Safaga opens the field of medical tourism in Egypt, in order to detect any harmful radiation that would affect the patients during treatment and is becoming important economic resource. Studies and survey of natural radiation and radioactivity in upper Egypt conducted since 1990, included monitoring of the concentration of natural radionuclides in environmental samples. The results of the study reveals that, for all sand samples, the mean activity concentration of {sup 40}K (618 {+-} 122-548 {+-} 82 Bq kg{sup -1}) are much higher than that of both {sup 226}Ra (25.3 {+-} 14-20.6 {+-} 10 Bq kg{sup -1}) and {sup 232}Th (21.4 {+-} 10-22.4 {+-} 10 Bq kg{sup -1}). Different radiation hazard indices were calculated, the radiation dose to which workers are subjected is not negligible (26.5-50.9 nGy h{sup -1}), although depending on the inhalation of dust.

  12. [Sanatorium "Arkhangelskoe" celebrates 80th anniversary].

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    Kirillov, G N

    2013-10-01

    The article is dedicated to the 80th anniversary of sanatorium "Arkhangelskoe" celebrating in October 2013. Since October 16th, 1933 sanatorium is a military health resort, in 1934 sanatorium was named for "Sanatorium for command personnel of the Red Army". In 1935-1936 such prominent commaders as V.K. Blyukher, A.I. Egorov, A.I. Kork, M.N. Tukhachevskiy, G.M.Shtern, A.V. Khrulev, I.E. Yakir took rest in the sanatorium. Today organization of treatment and diagnostic services in the sanatorium meets modern requirements of medical science. Diagnostics includes the following methods: bicycle ergometry, medical treadmills, ECG and ABP monitoring, rheoencephalography, oscillography, ultrasonic diagnosis, monitoring of lipid and carbonaceous metabolism, blood coagulation and anticoagulation, enzymes, electrolytes and also bacteriologic, immunologic and serological tests. The following treatment methotds are used: climatotherapy, clinical nutrition, exercise therapy, spa treatment, balneo- and fangotherapy. Also methods of magnetotherapy, lasertherapy, ultrasonic therapy, hyperbaric oxygenation, phytotherapy and halotherapy are used. PMID:24611299

  13. Quality of life at the dead sea region: the lower the better? an observational study

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    Friger Michael

    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The Dead Sea region, the lowest in the world at 410 meters below sea level, is considered a potent climatotherapy center for the treatment of different chronic diseases. Objective To assess the prevalence of chronic diseases and the quality of life of residents of the Dead Sea region compared with residents of the Ramat Negev region, which has a similar climate, but is situated 600 meters above sea level. Methods An observational study based on a self-administered questionnaire. Data were collected from kibbutz (communal settlement members in both regions. Residents of the Dead Sea were the study group and of Ramat Negev were the control group. We compared demographic characteristics, the prevalence of different chronic diseases and health-related quality of life (HRQOL using the SF-36 questionnaire. Results There was a higher prevalence of skin nevi and non-inflammatory rheumatic diseases (NIRD among Dead Sea residents, but they had significantly higher HRQOL mean scores in general health (68.7 ± 21 vs. 64.4 ± 22, p = 0.023 and vitality (64.7 ± 17.9 vs. 59.6 ± 17.3, p = 0.001, as well as significantly higher summary scores: physical component score (80.7 ± 18.2 vs. 78 ± 18.6, p = 0.042, and mental component score (79 ± 16.4 vs. 77.2 ± 15, p = 0.02. These results did not change after adjusting for social-demographic characteristics, health-related habits, and chronic diseases. Conclusions No significant difference between the groups was found in the prevalence of most chronic diseases, except for higher rates of skin nevi and NIRD among Dead Sea residents. HRQOL was significantly higher among Dead Sea residents, both healthy or with chronic disease.

  14. Effects of Rusanda Spa balneotherapy combined with calcipotriol on plaque psoriasis

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    Golušin Zoran

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Background/Aim. Treatment of psoriasis is very complex and there are no still universal, nor unique treatment modalities. Apart from conventional treatment, which includes topical calcipotriol (vitamin D3 analogue, balneotherapy is drawing increased attention worldwide. Being part of climatotherapy, balneotherapy is defined as the use of natural environmental factors in the treatment of health conditions, whereas in the treatment of psoriasis it means the use of mineral baths and peloids. The aim of this study was to examine the therapeutic efficacy of mineral waters and peloids of the Rusanda Spa on plaque psoriasis in patients also treated with calcipotriol. Methods. The study included 60 patients divided into two groups. The first group included patients treated with mineral waters, peloids and calcipotriol in the Rusanda Spa, while the second one included those treated only with calcipotriol. The study took 21 days, and each patient was followed up for at least one month after ending the treatment. The treatment efficacy was measured by psoriasis area severity index (PASI scores on the days 0, 7, 14 and 21 during the treatment and 30 after the end of the therapy. Results. After a 3-week treatment in the Rusanda Spa, the first group showed a decrease in PASI score by 59.45%, whereas in the group of outpatients treated by calcipotriol it was 39.34%. On the day 30 following the treatment, the first group presented with the PASI score reduction of 58.44%, and the second group of 34.78%. The therapeutic efficacy of mineral waters and peloids combined with calcipotriol showed to be significantly higher in regard to monotherapy with calcipotriol (p < 0.05. In regard to clinical symptoms, the best results were obtained in the reduction of desquamation (p < 0.001. Conclusion. The results of our study show that in the treatment of plaque-type psoriasis, topical calcipotriol combined with Spa Rusanda balneotherapy is more effective than topical

  15. SPELEOTHERAPY EFFECTS ON WISTAR RATS REFLECTED BY PULMONARY AND DERMAL FIBROBLASTS CULTURES 

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    Munteanu Constantin

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract: Speleotherapy – a special kind of climatotherapy, uses the certain conditions of caves and salt mines to cure several diseases, especially respiratory and skin diseases. Atmospheric dust could cause allergic reactions or asthmatic attacks.The cave air is very low on dust. This fact reduces any kind of irritation. In this way, the symptoms of the diseases are reduced or eliminated completely, while the patient is in the cave. But that does not explain how it should have a longer lasting effect. Curing asthma involves spending 2-3 hours a day underground in subterranean caves or salt mines over a 1-2 month period. An old study describes a speleotherapy course, which was 4 hours a day for 6-8 weeks, with 100 COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and asthma patients and reported improvement that lasted 6 months to 7 years (Skulimowski, 1965. Our objectives were to explore the effects of speleotherapy on cellular morphology and physiology of pulmonary and dermal fibroblasts obtained from tissues of Wistar rats, in normal and Ovalbumin challenged, “asthmatic” conditions. 60 Wistar rats of 75-100 g weight were divided in two lots: control and ovalbumin challenged animals. Ten animals of each lot were send to Cacica, Turda and Dej Salt Mine for 14 days and maintained in the salt mine medium, as in speleotherapy treatment. Pulmonary and dermal fibroblasts cultures were prepared from Wistar rat lung and respectively dermal tissue. Trying to identify the biological mechanisms of speleotherapy, our experimental design was made for cell morphology, physiology and biochemical evaluation of cells in cultures obtained from animals that were treated by speleotherapy. The complex picture of results was analysed and explained through biological mechanisms comparing to the control cell cultures obtained from healthy, untreated Wistar rats. In this article we describe the supposed biological mechanisms that explain the protective effects of

  16. Medical Tourism and the Libyan National Health Services

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    El Taguri A

    2007-01-01

    resemble guestrooms in four-star hotels [2].Interventions aimed at medical tourism include cancer treatment, neurosurgery, organ transplantation, aesthetic treatment, dental treatments, eye surgery, kidney dialysis, « preventive health screening» and hip resurfacing [2]. Other opportunities are constantly being exploited. Examples include different services as aphaeresis tourism in India [4] and climatotherapy in Egypt [5].Medical tourism is a rapidly growing industry in many countries. India is becoming a «global health destination». Encouraged by the government, India is promoting the «high-tech healing» of its private healthcare sector as a tourist attraction [1,2]. More than 100 000 foreigners visited India for medical treatment in the year 2005. India estimates that medical tourism could bring as much as $2.2 billion per year by 2012. Besides India, popular international medical travel destinations include Singapore and Thailand. About 374, 000 visitors came to Singapore purely to seek healthcare in 2005, half of them from the Middle East [2]. South Africa promotes an attractive «medical safari» catchphrase: Come to see African wildlife and get a facelift in the same trip. Other countries include Tunisia which is attracting Italians, British and French besides the so- called traditional visitors from Libya and Algeria [6]. The list of countries currently promoting medical tourism include many others such as Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Cuba, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Jordan, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malaysia and the Philippines [2,3]. Some hospitals in certain countries are gaining the confidence of their customers by obtaining hospital accreditation from international bodies in the United States [2]. Dubai, already known for its festival and other luxury attractions, is planning to open the Dubai Healthcare City by 2010. This is expected to be the largest international medical centre between Europe and Southeast Asia and it is hoped to become an internationally