About Careers Internship MedBlogs Contact us
Medindia LOGIN REGISTER
Advertisement

Salt Water Bath Could Help Ease Arthritis Pain

by VR Sreeraman on September 21, 2012 at 7:47 PM
Font : A-A+

 Salt Water Bath Could Help Ease Arthritis Pain

A new study has found that soaking oneself in a bath of salt water is an effective means to ease the agony of arthritis.

They say the saline solution reduces painful inflammation of the joints.

Advertisement

Even ordinary table salt in high concentrations can be used and, unlike conventional drugs, there are no unpleasant side effects.

"This research opens up exciting opportunities. What we've identified has the potential to be used to help so many patients," the Daily Express quoted Vincent Compan, of Manchester University's Faculty of Life Sciences, as saying.
Advertisement

Dr Compan and Dr Pablo Pelegrin found cells in the bodies of arthritis sufferers expand but salt water can reduce the swelling by dehydrating them. The salt worked the same whether it was injected into the body or absorbed through the skin via bandages soaked in saline or bathing.

"We have found that hypotonic solutions (low in salt) strongly activate inflammation at molecular level. Conversely, the use of hypertonic solutions (high in salt) was a potent inhibitor of such inflammatory signals at molecular level," Dr Pelegrin said.

"Therefore, osmotherapy (dehydration) with hypertonic solutions could be beneficial in the management of inflammatory joint diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, either by prolonged soaking or by vapour pressure techniques," he noted.

The results were published in the journal Immunity.

Source: ANI
Advertisement

Advertisement
News A-Z
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
What's New on Medindia
Organ Donation Week 2022 - 'Take the Pledge to Save Lives'
Test your Knowledge on Heart Transplantation
Test Your Knowledge on Lung Transplantation
View all
Recommended Reading
News Archive
Date
Category
Advertisement
News Category

Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

More News on:
Osteoarthritis Oligoarthritis Spondylolisthesis Knee Replacement Reactive Arthritis Arthritis Salt in Our Food Salt Scrub Tame your Salt Intake Smartly Septic Arthritis 

Most Popular on Medindia

Blood Donation - Recipients Loram (2 mg) (Lorazepam) Calculate Ideal Weight for Infants Diaphragmatic Hernia Accident and Trauma Care Vent Forte (Theophylline) Selfie Addiction Calculator Find a Doctor Sanatogen Drug Side Effects Calculator
This site uses cookies to deliver our services. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use