The efficacy of Brazilian black mud treatment in chronic experimental arthritis

Authors: Britschka ZM (1) , Teodoro WR (1) , Velosa AP (1) , de Mello SB (1)
(1) Department of Internal Medicine, Rheumatology Division, Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de São Paulo
Source: Rheumatol Int. 2007 Nov;28(1):39-45
DOI: 10.1007/s00296-007-0371-0 Publication date: 2007 Nov E-Publication date: June 12, 2007 Availability: abstract Copyright: © 2007, Springer-Verlag
Language: English Countries: Not specified Location: Not specified Correspondence address: de Mello SBV :


Article abstract

Studies have demonstrated the beneficial effects of fangotherapy on relieve of pain improving function of rheumatic patients. Herein, we investigated the effect of Brazilian black mud in protect articular damage in chronic arthritis induced in rats. Mud was daily applied (40 degrees C/30 min) during the course of arthritis and was compared with warm water and no treated groups. At 21th day after arthritis induction synovial fluid and membrane were analyzed regarding cellular influx, hyperplasia and vascular proliferation. Cartilage structure, cell count, proteoglycan and collagen amount were also analyzed by three pathologists blinded to the treatment. Mud treatment diminished leukocyte migration into the synovial membrane and articular cavity when compared with both control groups. Regarding cartilage, an increase in collagen, number of chondrocytes and more conserved tissue structure was observed in mud-treated animals. These results demonstrate a protective effect of Brazilian mud on this model of arthritis, suggesting that this therapy may be useful as a complementary approach to treat articular diseases.

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