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[THE EFFECT OF BALNEOTHERAPY AND HIDROTHERAPY IN LOCOMOTOR DISEASES - AN OLD THERAPY REBORN]

BENDER Tamás

DECEMBER 20, 2005

Lege Artis Medicinae - 2005;15(12)

[Hungary is respected as an “Empire of thermal water” and balneotherapy has been an important part of health tourism. Recently, an increasing number of articles have been published which investigate the effect of thermal water on patients suffering from locomotor diseases. Balneotherapy has a beneficial painkiller effect and improves the quality of life in several cases of inflammatory and degenerative disorders of joint and bone diseases. The physical effect in its mechanism plays much greater role than the chemical one. A great number of evidence can be found in the medical databases proving the positive effect of balneotherapy in musculoskeletal diseases. Balneotherapy stands as an important factor in the National Development Plan of Hungary but we should like to emphasise that without basic research there is no effective balneotherapy.]

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