psammotherapy

psammotherapy

(săm″ō-thĕr′ă-pē) [″ + therapeia, treatment]
The application of sand baths in treatment.
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This new, therapeutic sand bed, created by German wellness expert, Gharieni, is based on the ancient Greek concept of 'psammotherapy', which uses heated sand to alleviate painful conditions.
Psammotherapy is a practice that uses sand-baths for therapeutic purposes.
Level of ABL to tissual antigen of the lungs before treatment was 3 times higher the norm (14.7 [+ or -] 0.17%), after the course of psammotherapy a reliable decrease was observed (up to 9.4 [+ or -] 1.5%), by the 6th month after treatment it was reduced up to almost normal values (5.6 [+ or -] 1.5%).
"Correcting efficacy of psammotherapy on clinical and immunologic parameters of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease," XIth Russia-Italy Symposium "New technologies of restorative medicine and curortology (physiotherapy, rehabilitation, sport medicine)," Italy, Padua, pp.63-65.
"Dynamics of immune status of patients with chronic bronchitis in psammotherapy", Materials of the VIth meeting of Phthisiatrists and Pulmonologists of Uzbekistan, Tashkent, pp.233-235.
(2010), focus in Thalassotherapy as a basic component of health resort medicine and not just a type of Climatotherapy, as it concerns to the medical use of seawaters based on their mineral properties, also evokes the use of marine peloids, known as lime muds (Mud Therapy), methodical exposure to the sun (Heliotherapy), partial or full-body warm sand baths (Ammotherapy or Psammotherapy) and (but not only) marine climatotherapy (atmosphere, temperature, humidity, wind, barometric pressure etc.); although MEDLINE/PubMed search of the term "Thalassotherapy" in the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) database only yields the word under the listing for "Climatotherapy", which as far as we are concerned is insufficient and inexact.
In this aspect psammotherapy (PT) being a treatment with hot sand of artificial or natural sunny heating represents a great interest.
Aim of study was investigate an effect of psammotherapy (PT) on cardio-respiratory system of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases in a stage of rehabilitation.
Already in the 90s of the last century (after organization of the clinic of the Termez branch of the Research Institute of Therapy and Medical Rehabilitation) the psammotherapy studies on the steppe barchan sand origin "Etim-Kum" were begun, where a proper ground for sand baths was established (Zunnunov et al., 2006).
Main group formed 108 patients (68 men and 40 women) that received psammotherapy in combination with a standard basic therapy ([B.sub.2]--agonists, inhaled corticosteroids etc.).
Area intended for psammotherapy was divided in the morning in fields and special holes "medallions" (size 2x1m) were being prepared.
Patients come to procedure of psammotherapy 30 minutes before the beginning of procedure, during these minutes they rest in shade and adapt to thermic conditions of environment.