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The Azores Islands will host the 3th Latin American Congress of Peloids in May 2013. This event was presented at the 38th World Congress ISMH held in Lanjaron- Granada.


Prof. Dr. Celso Gomes de la Universidad de Aveiro. PortugalIn the 38th Congress of the International Society of Medical Hydrology and Climatology held in Lanjarón-Granada were presented interesting research lines in Thermal Medicine. Among these research highlights the session related to the Mud (Mud Therapy). Chaired by Prof. Dr. Celso Gomes of University of Aveiro (Portugal), the session counted of three lectures and 17 oral communications and posters presented by specialists from universities of Portugal, Romania, Russia, Italy, Bulgaria, Argentina and Spain.

The session was opened by Prof. Dr. Gomes of GeoBioTec Research Unit, of University of Aveiro. Portugal, with the proposal of a glossary of peloids and Pelotherapy. In his speech, the renowned researcher remembers that " It has been recognized, in what health promotion, prevention, therapy, rehabilitation and skin care is concerned, that water, mud and peloid are commonly applied for healing purposes.

However, " it has been recognized too, due to the existence of serious inconsistencies related with cultural differences from country to country, the increasing demand for internationally accepted terms, such as: health resort, health resort medicine, balneology, crenobalneology, crenotherapy, balneotherapy, halassotherapy,hydrotherapy, natural mineral water, thermal water, climatology, climatotherapy, medical hydrology and climatology, fangotherapy, mud, mud
therapy, peloid, pelotherapy, SPA, spa therapy, cosmetology, cosmetics, spa, skin care, Wellness, natural sediment (such as, clay, mud, mire, slime, ooze, loam, silt, sapropel, turf, moor, peat, biofilm or bioglea, sulfuretum and gyttja, and eventual equivalent terms used in other idioms, such as argila, barro, ton, lodo, limo, boue, schlamm, schlick, fango, glaise, barégine, muffe, torf, biogeleia, sulfuraria), naturally matured mud, modified natural mud, mud varieties, peloid varieties (such as, primary peloid, secondary peloid, natural peloid, matured peloid, peloid s.s or peloid sensu strictu, medical peloid, cosmetic peloid, parapeloid and extemporaneous peloid), peloid properties (such as, adhesiveness, heat capacity, specific heat, thermal conductivity, thermal diffusiveness and centesimal composition)..

The meaning of many of these terms is different in different countries. For instance the meaning of the term spa is different in USA, Canada, as well as in U.K, from the European countries where the term spa is equivalent to Spa Therapy or Health Resort Medicine. Even the international general acceptance of these methods and terms referred to is not fully recognized, in spite of the efforts of several researchers. Also, for instance, does the terms mud and mud therapy are synonymous of the terms peloid and pelotherapy?

Unlike the term mud the term peloid has no geological meaning, but just medical or cosmetic meaning. The terms mud and mud therapy are currently used in the English idiom. On the other hand, the terms peloid and pelotherapy are currently used in Latin derived idioms. However, the term mud has not a precise geologic meaning, because it does not expresses the specificity in terms of origin and composition of the water bearing and plastic natural sediment. Mud solid phase can be soil, weathered rock, sediment or clay, all of diverse origin and composition. Mud liquid phase can be water of diverse composition and origin: rain, spring, river, lake, lagoon, or sea. The distinction of both source and deposition environment could be achieved using, for instance the expressions volcanic mud, thermal spring mud, salt lake mud, marine mud, river mud, and peat mud.

A comprehensive glossary with the terms referred to and with the corresponding technical definitions does not exist. A glossary in English, the idiom worldwide used for science communication is being prepared by an ad hoc Working Group1 constituted of senior researchers from several European countries and with varied scientific backgrounds, in order to respond to the inconsistencies particularly found in the literature regarding the meaning of many terms involved in the use of both mud and peloid for therapeutic and skin care purposes. The terms and definitions which have already deserved consensus are disclosed in our presentation".

Working Group: Celso Gomes (PT); María Isabel Carretero (SP), Manuel Pozo (SP), Francisco Maraver (SP), Pedro Cantista (PT), Francisco Armijo (SP), José Luis Legido (SP), Frederico Teixeira (PT), Michael Rautureau (FR), FernandoVeniale (IT), Rafael Calvo- Flores (SP).

Prof. Dra . Olga Serdú // Especialistas portugueses DermocosméticaExperiences in Russia, Romania and Spain.
EProf. Dr. JM Carbajo of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation of Medical Hydrology, Faculty of Medicine, Universidad Complutense de Madrid exposed
"Biophysical skin effects of peloids according to their maturity time ", scientific work Research in which also participating the professors, Corvillo I, Aguilera A, Meijide R, Diestro P, Crespo V, and Maraver F.

The third conference on "Mud cure in Russia: history, achievements and prospective " was given by Prof. Dr. NG. Badalov NG, Center for Medical Rehabilitation and Balneology of the Faculty of Medicine of Moscow. In his introduction recalls that "healing mud in Russia has a long experience. Since the beginning of the nineteenth century became one of the basic directions of treatment. Mud cure Crimea became the basis of the Russian school of pelotherapy ".

Prof. Dr. Olga Surdu, member of the Scientific Committee of the 38th Congress Surdu presented together with TV, Surdu Demirgian M and S the "Impact of Pelotherapy in the histological structure of the dermis and muscles." Research conducted by Dr. Surdu and colleagues from the Department of Rehabilitation, Faculty of Medicine, University Ovidius Constanta in Romania and specialists at the University Hospital.

We ough to highligh the scientific contribution of the research teams of Romania in this 37th World Congress ISMH. The Research Balnearia was precisely the lecture given by Dr. D. CINTEZA, National Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Balneology of Bucarech and opened the session on " New Trends: dermocosmetic issues.

ISMH 2012 Prof. JC Nunes de INOVA en la presentación del 3º Congreso Iberoamericano de PeloidesThe Azores Islands and the 3th Latin American Congress of Peloids
During this session was especially important the scientific research being carried out by specialists from the Portuguese Universities of Aveiro and Porto aimed to the Pelotherapy in the Azores Islands.

They made presentations on "Evaluation of the effectiveness of the formulations containing exfoliating pumice Sao Miguel Island - Azores Archipelago" by specialists, H. Amaral, Estanqueiro M, Bossolani G, D.Santis, Silva, JBF, CSF and J Gomez-Lobo Sousa and "Efficacy of a peloid designed with anti-cellulite containing Bentonite Porto Santo, Madeira Archipelago", of professors Pena Ferreiro, MR, Santos D, Silva JBF, Amaral H, J Sousa Gomes-Lobo and CSF Gomes.

Precisely in the Azores Archipelago, will be held the 3th Latin American Congress of Peloids . It was during the closing ceremony of the 38th ISMH Congress in Lanjaron-Granada, when Professor Joao Carlos Nunes of INOVA introduced the 3rd Peloids Latin American Congress to be held in May 2013, in Ponta Delgada (Azores Archpielago).

For more information regarding the Book of Abstracts of the 38th World Congress on Medical Hydrology and Climatology is available in the following link :: | | Photos: Archivo Termas World.

DSeveral works related to the study of peloids, fundamental line of research of the Professional School of Medical Hydrology and Hydrotherapy initiated over fifteen years ago, is the scientific content of the first issue of the ANNALS OF MEDICAL HYDROLOGY, magazine directed by Prof. F. Maraver Eyzaguirre, that offered a chapter of the historical background of the Pelotherapy and medical use of therapeutic MUDS in Spain.

Our digital magazine TERMAS WORLD published a wide reference to this important event which was published in the Spanish edition in July 2007: | See Information |



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