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Spa therapy for bronchial asthma. Spa therapies effective for bronchial asthma and problems in future.

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  • 気管支喘息の温泉療法. 有効な温泉療法の種類と今後の課題

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Actions or effects of spa therapy on bronchial asthma are divided as follows : direct and indirect actions, actions for organs and whole body, and immediate and distant effects. Direct actions of spa therapy on asthma are observed in improvement of clinical symptoms and examination results related to clinical symptoms, and indirect actions of the therapy are found in improvement of suppressed function of adrenocortical glands. It has been clarified that swimming training in a hot spring pool, inhalation of iodine salt solution, and fango therepy are effective in patients with asthma. The combination of these three spa therapies is now administered for the treatment of asthma. Bronchial asthma is classified into four types accoding to clinical symptoms : Ia-1, Ia-2, Ib, and II. Type Ib and type II asthma include many of intractable asthma, and spa therapy is effective even in these intractable asthma that is difficult to control without glucocorticoids. It is necessary to develop newly devised spa therapy that is more effective in patients with asthma.


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