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Medicinal properties of sand

little history
Treatment with heated sand, later called psammotherapy (from the Latin. Pssamos - sand and therapia - treatment), was known in ancient times.Historians suggest that the unique method of healing was brought from ancient Egypt, although "swim" in the sand heated by the sun or fires, it was not alien to the Maya Indians, and Indian yogis.In the 19th century recreation with sand spread throughout Europe, settling in the Mediterranean, Black and Baltic Seas.But other resorts were not averse to use the generous gifts of sand.Thus, the first psammolechebnitsa specializing in diseases such as arthritis and gout, was opened in the German city of Dresden Dr. Flemming (thus, who invented the first antibiotic).In Russia was a famous pioneer psammotherapy surgeon IVParijskij is deceived and physiotherapy.He held a number of research and then wrote a thesis on "The benefits of natural sand baths in the treatment of gout, dropsy, scrofula and rheumatism."He is the first to demonstrate the therapeuti
c effect of sand procedures, stressing that their benefits will only if properly applied - with the purpose and under the supervision of a specialist.

In medical applications using sea and river sand.They are similar in composition - silicon, graphite, chalk, dolomite and the like.But the size of sand grains may differ: allocate large grain (every grain of sand - more than 0.5 mm), medium (0.5 to 0.3 mm) and small (0.3 to 0.1 mm).For therapeutic purposes, is used mainly medium-- it has the highest thermal conductivity.

beneficial effects of sand on the human body, modern doctors explained by several aspects.

thermal effect
warm up to 40-50 degrees heat-resistant sand and hygroscopic.It is excellent at trapping heat, and gradually gives it the environment (including the human body).As a result of the slow and even heating of tissues under it are activated processes and mechanisms of excretion of toxins, improves blood circulation and local limfosnabzhenie.Overheat during the procedure impossible due to the fact that the sand passes through the sweat that is released when taking a bath, and the session we find ourselves in a kind of wet cocoon with a comfortable temperature for humans 37-38 degrees.

mechanical action
covering every centimeter of the body, the sand not only provides uniform heating of all its parts, but also gently massages the skin surface sand grains that have an uneven structure and different density.It has a good effect on the nerves, blood vessels, relieves pain (in the figurative expression of physicians - "the pain soaks into the sand").In general, the process is very pleasant: a gentle heat, a little sleepy, calm and peace in general - complete relaxation!

chemical action
The sand contains minerals - sodium carbonate, potassium, iron which, in contact with sweat to form new connections - as a result, carbon dioxide is released, activating the gas exchange in the body, stimulates the oxidation process.The cells of the skin and the kidneys begin to work more efficiently.After psammotherapy body temperature increases slightly (by 0.3-0.6 degrees), the pulse quickens at 7-13 beats per minute, blood pressure rises by 10-15 mmHg.Art.This quickens breathing, lung capacity increases.You can even lose weight - up to a pound per procedure.

Indications and contraindications of treatment with sand
Reception sand baths, like any medical procedure, has as a recommendation, and its contraindications.

Recommend psammotherapy in the following cases:
  • diseases of the musculoskeletal system;
  • chronic joint disease (gout, arthritis, arthritis, rheumatism);
  • diseases of the nervous system (neuralgia, polyneuritis);
  • chronic kidney disease, gynecological inflammation;
  • childhood diseases (rickets, exudative diathesis, allergies).
Contraindicated psammotherapy at:
  • chronic and acute tuberculosis;
  • epilepsy;
  • various tumors;
  • diseases of the cardiovascular system (hypertension, atherosclerosis)
  • Contraindications and children up to 2 years.The procedure is not recommended for women during the critical days.
Psammotherapy is either full immersed in the sand when all of a person's body or partial - buried only some diseased parts (joints, back, of course).Large sand bath can be arranged even on an ordinary beach provided that the day is warm and serene (sand to warm to about 60 ° C).Many are worried about hygiene procedure, but doctors calm - UV has a disinfectant action.Erect sand "medallion", lie down on his back and sprinkle themselves with sand layer 3-4 cm. However, in the abdominal area it should not be more than 1 cm, and the area of ​​the heart in general should not fall asleep.The head must be kept in the shade, you can hide it panamkoy or cap.It is necessary to monitor their well-being - in any discomfort procedure must be the hour to stop and hide in a cool place.The duration of treatment for adults - half hour for children - 10-12 minutes.For partial treatments often used to artificially heated Sands: purified from foreign substances (stones and litter), sand is heated on a special board to 110-120 degrees, and then mixed with a cold, to obtain a temperature of about 55-60 degrees.I prepared pour the sand in a container made of wood, in which it retains heat for a long time.For example, to warm up the diseased joint, he sprinkled a layer thickness of 5-6 cm and covered with a towel - it reduces heat loss.The standard duration of a session - about 50 minutes.Complete sand baths is desirable to do twice a week, and partial - every day.The course of treatment - 12-15 sessions (both alone and in combination with spa treatment).By the way, relax in the arms of sand can all family - thanks to the mild effects psammotherapy prescribed to children and the elderly.It will appeal to all!

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