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Inhalations with thermal waters in respiratory diseases.

Authors
  • Zajac, Dominika1
  • 1 Department of Respiration Physiology, Mossakowski Medical Research Institute, Polish Academy of Sciences, ul. Pawinskiego 5, 02-777, Warsaw, Poland. Electronic address: [email protected] , (Poland)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of ethnopharmacology
Publication Date
Aug 06, 2021
Pages
114505–114505
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.jep.2021.114505
PMID: 34371115
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

Inhalations with thermal waters are an old therapeutic method used in the therapy of respiratory diseases as a treatment of choice showing a long-lasting outcome with no side effects. Paradoxically, there is little well-established research on their mechanisms of action. The aim of this paper is therefore to summarize the influence of inhalatory treatment with thermal waters on the main symptoms and features of respiratory disorders including allergy-like symptoms, inflammation, oxidant-anti-oxidant balance, cellular influx, disturbed mucus secretions, recurrent infections, pulmonary and nasal function and quality of life. A short history of inhalations is also presented. The present paper is a sum-up of research articles on the use of inhalations with thermal waters in respiratory disorders. According to the herein presented literature, the use of thermal water inhalations is beneficial for almost all manifestations of respiratory diseases. The mode of their action remains still unclear; however, it seems that the most important one relies on the restoration of proper defense mechanisms of the organism. Inhalations with thermal waters alleviate symptoms of respiratory diseases. They also improve the quality of life of the patients and seem to be a good add-on therapy in the treatment of disorders of the respiratory system. Copyright © 2021. Published by Elsevier B.V.

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