Sulphate containing medical waters - a modern medicamentous alternative?

Sulfat-Heilwässer - eine zeitgemäße medikamentöse Alternative?
Authors: Böhmer H (1) , Resch KL (1) , Gutenbrunner C (2)
(1) Balneology and Rehabilitation Sciences Research Institute (FBK), Bad Elster, Maximilians University (2) Institute for Balneology and Medical Climatology in the Clinic for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Hannover Medical School
Source: Phys Med Rehab Kuror 1999; 09(1): 1-5
DOI: 10.1055/s-2008-1061773 Publication date: 1999 E-Publication date: March 19, 2008 Availability: abstract Copyright: © Georg Thieme Verlag Stuttgart · New York
Language: German Countries: Not specified Location: Not specified Correspondence address: Not specified


Article abstract

In Central Europe mineral waters containing relevant concentrations of sulfate have traditionally been renowned and used for a variety of complaints. When registered as „Heilwasser” they are recognized as drugs and thus have to fulfil respective legal requirements.

After oral intake, sulfate ions are hardly resorbed from the gastrointestinal tract, resulting in an increase in osmotic pressure, which is responsible for the main therapeutic effects, i.e. stimulation of bile flow and pancreatic exocrine secretion, and regulation of gastrointestinal motility disorders.

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