Skin rubdown with a dry towel, ‘kanpu-masatsu' is an aerobic exercise affecting body temperature, energy production, and the immune and autonomic nervous systems

  • Watanabe Mayumi
    Department of Immunology, Niigata University School of Medicine, Niigata, Japan
  • Takano Osamu
    Urahigashi Veterinary Clinic, Osaka, Japankn-affil=
  • Tomiyama Chikako
    School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, Niigata University, Niigata, Japan
  • Matsumoto Hiroaki
    Department of Immunology, Niigata University School of Medicine, Niigata, Japan
  • Kobayashi Takahiro
    Department of Immunology, Niigata University School of Medicine, Niigata, Japan
  • Urahigashi Nobuatsu
    Urahigashi Veterinary Clinic, Osaka, Japankn-affil=
  • Abo Toru
    Department of Immunology, Niigata University School of Medicine, Niigata, Japan

Bibliographic Information

Other Title
  • Skin rubdown with a dry towel, ^|^lsquo;kanpu-masatsu' is an aerobic exercise affecting body temperature, energy production, and the immune and autonomic nervous systems

Search this article

Abstract

Skin rubdown using a dry towel (SRDT) to scrub the whole body is a traditional therapy for health promotion. To investigate its mechanism, 24 healthy male volunteers were studied. Body temperature, pulse rate, red blood cells (RBCs), serum levels of catecholamines and cortisol, blood gases (PO2</SUB>, sO2, PCO2 and pH), lactate and glucose, and the ratio and number of white blood cells (WBCs) were assessed before and after SRDT. After SRDT, pulse rate and body temperature were increased. PO2, sO2 and pH were also increased and there was no Rouleaux formation by RBCs. Lactate level tended to increase, whereas that of glucose did not. Adrenaline and noradrenaline levels increased, indicating sympathetic nerve (SN) dominance with increase in granulocytes. WBC number and ratio were divided into two groups according to granulocyte ratio (≤ or < 60%) before SRDT: a normal group and a SN group. Only in the SN group did the granulocyte ratio decrease and the lymphocyte ratio and number increase after SRDT. It is suggested that SRDT is a mild aerobic, systemic exercise that might affect the immune system via the autonomic nervous system.

Journal

Citations (3)*help

See more

References(15)*help

See more

Details 詳細情報について

Report a problem

Back to top