Finding possible pharmacological effects of identified organic compounds in medicinal waters (BTEX and phenolic compounds)

István Szabó, Csaba Varga

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Abstract

Medicinal thermal waters consist of a mixture of different organic and inorganic compounds. Traditionally, these waters are only characterized and classified by their inorganic composition; however, the bioavailability of the majority of these inorganic compounds is limited. Many authors investigate the organic fractions of thermal waters. These authors propose that these compounds have a potential effect on health. To elucidate the underlying mechanisms, it is crucial to know the composition of the organic fractions. The absorption of these compounds on intact skin or mucosa is notable. Some of them have local anaesthetic effect or affect receptors in the central nervous system. In the knowledge of the chemical composition, we are able to estimate the possible pharmacological effect or might be able to assess possible toxicity risks. In the present article, we aim to review possible health effects of two of the identified organic fractions: benzene and alkylbenzenes and phenolic compounds that might correlate with the therapeutic effect on rheumatological or other diseases.

Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Biometeorology
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2019

Keywords

  • BTEX
  • Medicinal water
  • Organic compounds
  • Organic theory
  • Phenolic compounds
  • Therapeutic effect
  • Thermal water

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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