単純泉における温泉療法による脱ストレス作用と免疫機能の変化  [in Japanese] Stress Relieving Effect and Immunological Changes by Balneotherapy with a Simple Thermals  [in Japanese]

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Abstract

It is reported that changes in immunological system are one of the underlining mechanisms of balneotherapy effects. Since there is no study concerning the mechanisms how balneotherapy with a simple thermals works, we tried to examine both the changes of immunological functions and stress relieving effect of balneotherapy. Fourteen inpatients (mean age 63 years) suffering from such as cerebrovascular diseases participated in the present study. Before and after 6-week balneotherapy, lymphocyte subset counts, levels of cytokines (IL-4, IL-6, IF-γ etc.) were determined and lymphocyte blastogenetic tests were also performed. In addition, stress barometers (urinary 17-ketosteroidsulfate (17KSS)/17hydroxycorticosteroid (17OHCS)) were measured. As a result, no significant changes in cytokine levels were observed. Percentage of T cell count decreased and that of B cell increased. Percentage of suppressor T cell count decreased and that of helper and killer T cell tended to increase (not significant). Lymphocyte blastogenetic tests by ConA and PWM showed enhanced responses and urinary 17KSS/17OHCS levels increased after balneotherapy. From these findings, it is suggested that 6-week balneotherapy with a simple thermals has a potential of augmenting immunological functions and also possesses stress relieving effect.

Journal

  • The Journal of The Japanese Society of Balneology, Climatology and Physical Medicine

    The Journal of The Japanese Society of Balneology, Climatology and Physical Medicine 65(3), 121-127, 2002-05-01

    The Japanese Society of Balneology, Climatology and Physical Medicine

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  • NII Article ID (NAID)
    10008426056
  • NII NACSIS-CAT ID (NCID)
    AN00186245
  • Text Lang
    JPN
  • Article Type
    Journal Article
  • ISSN
    00290343
  • NDL Article ID
    6174871
  • NDL Source Classification
    ZS47(科学技術--医学--治療医学・看護学・漢方医学)
  • NDL Call No.
    Z19-225
  • Data Source
    CJP  CJPref  NDL  IR  J-STAGE 
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