The effects of balneotherapy on gynecological chronic inflammations were examined both clinically and experimentally. Clinical study. Statistical observations were made on the patients with gynecological diseases who visited the spa of Misasa. It was ascertained that, among them, the patients with gynecological chronic inflammati on whose chief complains were
hypogastric and Lumbar pains were most common and that, by balneotherapy, their conditions were frequently improved both subjectively and objectively. Experimental study. An experimental foreign body inflammation was evoked by inserting a Sponge into the abdominal cavity of an adult female rat and the effects of hot-spring bath were examined. Acceleration of the absorption of the inflammation, enhancement of phagocytosis of the subcutaneous histiocytes, activation of the
fibrohistiocytic system of the subcutaneous connective tissue, and acceleration of return of the free cells in the abdominal cavity were proved. Furthermore, comparative studies were made on the effects of various artificial mineral waters and ultra short waves. It was found that, though they were less effective than natural mineral water, artificial strong saline water, artificial sulfur water, artificial sulfate water, artificial iron water and ultra short waves were effective and that artificial weak saline water, artificial bicarbonate water, artificial humimic acid water, artificial alkaline water, and artificial acidic water were as effective as fresh water. Compared with hot bath, insensible bath was more effective. No significant difference of therapeutic effect was found by bathing once a day or three times a day.
In short, balneotherapy had a facilitatory action on the absorption of the inflammatory changes in the abdominal cavity. This should be ascribed not only to the increase in the deep blood flow by warming but also to the general defence mechanism enhanced by cutaneous stimulation. Some differences were also assumed depending on the ions contained in the mineral waters.