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[The mode of action of bath therapy]

BENDER Tamás1

AUGUST 26, 1992

Lege Artis Medicinae - 1992;2(08)

[Bath therapy includes both hydro- and balneotherapy. During hydrotherapy the patient is treated by the physical parameters of the water. The effect of balneotherapy is based on the penetration of the mineral water. Its me chanism is not yet clear. There are several double-blind studies which prove the benefits of balneotherapy. Further studies are needed to judge the objective effects of balneotherapy. ]

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