Injury & Healing
Mud applications improve humoral immunity, accelerating healing of duodenal ulcers.
(Ter Arkh 63(1): 78-81)
Eight females with multiple hematomas at high risk for post-surgical subcutaneous hemosiderins were selected. Three different applications were used on each patient: no treatment, local heat only, and local peat and heat. Hematomas treated with heat alone dissipated faster than with no treatment, but not as fast as with peat and heat. The hematomas treated with peat therapy were absorbed approximately fifty percent faster and left no residues of hemosiderins.
Successful prevention of adhesions using peat and humic acids
In order to verify the adhesion preventing capability of peat and peat components, 180 female rats were subjected to therapeutic bathing after standardized lesions had been placed on both uterine horns and the peritoneum of the anterior abdominal wall.
From the 3rd and 7th day after surgery, respectively, randomized groups of animals consisting of 20 animals each were bathed in tap water, pure fresh peat solution after pressing, centrifugation and filtration, and a solution of humic acids extracted from peat, all at the same temperature.
One week after bathing for three weeks, the rats were relaparotomized, and quality and degree of the adhesions found were documented. Significant less and minor (p less than 0.001) adhesions were found in animals bathed in humic acid solution compared to the animals which had not been bathed at all.
Peat solution and fresh peat reduced the formation of adhesions significantly, too, while warm water baths did not show any antiadhesive effect. Our results suggest humic acids to be the most effective component of peat with regard to the prevention of adhesions.
(Mesrogli M, Maas DH, Mauss B, Plogmann S, Ziechmann W, Schneider J, Frauenklinik Medizinischen Hochschule Hannover Zentralbl Gynakol 1991)