A CASUISTIC STUDY ABOUT BEHAVIOUR OF HUMIC SUBSTANCES IN A PATIENT’S EXPOSURE TO WHOLE BODY BATH

Brigita Janečková, Miroslava Člupková, Hana Kalová, Věra Vlachová, Jan Langhans, Miroslav Verner, Vladimír Kostka, Petr Petr

Abstract


 Humic substances represent the essence of the chemical impact of peloid baths, e.g. baths in peat and mud, and eventually in their extracts. This chemical effect is beneficially associated with flotation, compressive and thermic effects. Whether, and at which level the transition of humic substances has an effect on the patient’s body, has been a subject of an ongoing debate for years. In this context, the importance of the application of the bath temperature, the degree of ionization and current pH are all highlighted. In a simple formula, we have followed the behaviour of humic substances to the patient’s exposure to the whole-body bath. The concentration of humic substances in the bath was monitored after the addition of 100 ml of aqueous extract containing 54 g/l placed into the bath with warm water (39°C) with or without a patient/client. 250 ml samples were taken at the following time intervals 0 = start, 15 min., 20 min. and 30 min. After making adjustments for evaporation, the concentrations of humic substances in samples from the baths with or without a patient/client, were compared. The concentration differences were recalculated per 1 m2 of the body surface of the exposed person. The results lead us to the assumption that in a selected system it can be expected that the concentrations decrease (and therefore likely extraction to the skin of an exposed person) by 4 mg/m2 of the body surface of the exposed person. Expressed quantitatively, it is a minimum of 477.27 mg/m2 of the body surface of an exposed person.


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