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"The report addition to being a basic document setting out guidelines for the WHO is a strategic tool for governments of the world who are moving their Health Systems National towards a greater use and integration of thermal medicine" (Prof. U. Solimene Secretary General FEMTEC).

The study Hydroglobe was first and foremost a huge effort of research, through interviews and questionnaires, completed at about 2700 SPA facilities, which saw the participation of experts and facilities from 10 countries characterized by long tradition or by an important development in the spa industry.


The experts and the structures involved: Russia (1300 plants), Italy (400), China (300), France (250), Romania (130), Hungary and Poland (120), Tunisia (70), Portugal (50), Cuba (30). The results we deliver a faithful picture of reality Hydrotherapy / medicine Spa from many points of view, such as its levels of use, the techniques, the diseases treated, the training of personnel, regulatory frameworks of each country. The hydrotherapy, medical ancient history, practice consists of the use of water in different physical conditions and with different chemical compositions, by the application of various methods to treat and prevent health problems and to maintain good health.

The motivation of the study Hydroglobe support Hydrotherapy, a solution for millions of people and a therapy in search of common international standards . Millions of people around the world use hydrotherapy (HT). In reason for such widespread use throughout the world, in Europe, in particular, but also in South America, East Asia and North Africa, the debate about professional users of HT, as a form of treatment has grown globally, focusing on the need to establish international standards, which are useful for both spa operators for the "patients" which can be known as "migration" from one system to another.

Prof. Umberto SolimeneIntegration of thermal medicine
"The report Hydroglobe addition to being a basic document setting out guidelines for the WHO, indicates Professor Umberto Solimene, Secretary General of FEMTEC, is also a tool for strategic guidance for governments of vast Airlines of the World (Central / South America, China and Central Asia) who are moving their Health Systems National towards a greater use and integration of thermal medicine.

The survey results meet the following main objectives of the project:

  • Development of a definition, shared by the largest possible number of people, what is meant by the term HT and which theories, methods, tools and products understand.
  • Description of the long tradition of use in an historical area and the wide dissemination of method, that rank among the oldest Traditional Medicine and with wider spread around the world.
  • Description of the methods used by Hydrotherapy and their mechanisms of action.
  • Collection and processing of data relating to the use and dissemination of HT in several countries.
  • Exploration of the legal status of HT in different countries.
  • Bibliographic research aimed at identifying the available scientific literature on the HT, for documentation of the safety, effectiveness, and appropriate use of HT.
  • Providing the World Health Organization and a monitoring survey data relating to the legal status in different countries, so that it is possible an assessment of the global framework of the use of this medicine.

It is a basic document and guidance that WHO has decided to enter the lines strategic for Traditional Medicines for the period 2014-23, highlighting the significant possibilities and challenges related development. It is also a means of orientation strategic for the Governments of vast areas of the world (Central / South America, China and Central Asia) that are orienting their national health systems towards greater use and integration of thermal medicine.

Organizations that participated in the project, with the support of Forst, make available their experience and what they have achieved to a greater diffusion qualified and responsible operation of thermal medicine in the world.

In summary we can say that the "Report Hydroglobe" is proposed as a tool to find organizational and scientific method to find paths that offer the Traditional Medicines and the Hippocratic had at their foundation, and we have, in part, lost.

The Thermae in the latest version, (3.O to use the computer language), are now well decided to recover its therapeutic role and the promotion of health and well-being, in key scientific and strictly professional. (See Conference "Hydroblobe: Objectives and Conclusions")

Study Hydroglobe "Defining an overall Global Hydrotherapy"a project Forst - FEMTEC in collaboration with ISMH (International Society of Medical Hydrology) and WHO was presented on the 6th of March 2014 at the Ministry of Health in Rome. | www.fondazioneforst.it |

Portada libroCONCLUSIONS
From the study we can say that there are three types of countries regarding the use and the diffusion of HT.s.

  • In the first block HT is widely used by the population and therapies and practices are often included in National Health care system. This block of countries include the most part of the European countries, including Russian Federation.
  • In the second block, HT is used as Complementary Medicine and often the therapies are used in SPA or other locations. IN the most of these countries no reimbursement is provided to the people for funding the therapies.
  • There is also a third block, in which the population is increasingly orienting to the use of HT but this is not considered part nor of Health Care System nor of the Complementary Medicine. HT is used for leisure and Wellness purposes only. .

Also regarding the legislative regulatory framework in relation to the situation and education in the various countries we could consider three blocks of countries:

  • There is a block, including both countries of Western and Eastern Europe that have a high level of government regulation and legislation on the use of hydrotherapy. In these countries also academic training of operators is mostly at the university level with the presence of post-graduate and improvements of real specialty schools.
  • There are also countries such as in North Africa (Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria), which are an area of great traditions hydrotherapy, where the discipline is going to meet legislative and regulatory development, partly due to the strong demand expressed towards the population of this therapy and the necessary safeguards that need to be put in place.
  • The same situation can be found in Latin American Countries with the exception of Cuba. In this Country hydrotherapy is recognized by the Ministry of Health and by the National Health system.
  • Finally, there are countries such as (Japan, South Korea, Vietnam and China), although hydrotherapy has a great historical tradition and is used as a traditional method.

Also the clinical studies on HT were prevalently carried out in countries of the European area while studies from extra-european countries still lack.

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