X-ray analysis of aerosol samples from a therapeutic cave

B. Alföldy, S. Török, A. Kocsonya, Z. Szokefalvi-Nagy, Md I. Balla

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Abstract

Cave therapy is an efficient therapeutic method to cure asthma, the exact healing effect, however, is not clarified, yet. This study is motivated by the basic assumption that aerosols do play the key role in the cave therapy. This study is based on measurements of single aerosol particles originating from a therapeutic cave of Budapest, Hungary (Szemlohegyi cave). Aerosol particles have been collected in the regions arranged for the therapeutic treatment. Samples were further analyzed for chemical and morphological aspects, determining the particle size distribution and classifying them according to elemental composition. Three particle classes have been detected based on major element concentration: alumino-silicate, quartz and calcium carbonate. Calcium ions have well-known physiological influence: anti-spastic, anti-inflammation and excretion reducing effects. Inflammation, accompanying spasm and extreme excretion production cause the smothering stigma, the so-called asthma. Therefore it could be assumed that calcium ions present in high concentration in the cave's atmosphere is the major cause of the healing effect.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)361-366
Number of pages6
JournalNuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms
Volume174
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2001

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Caves
X ray analysis
Aerosols
aerosols
asthma
excretion
healing
x rays
Particles (particulate matter)
calcium
spasms
Calcium
therapy
carbonates
Ions
Hungary
Silicates
Quartz
Calcium Carbonate

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  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Instrumentation
  • Surfaces and Interfaces

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X-ray analysis of aerosol samples from a therapeutic cave. / Alföldy, B.; Török, S.; Kocsonya, A.; Szokefalvi-Nagy, Z.; Balla, Md I.

In: Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms, Vol. 174, No. 3, 04.2001, p. 361-366.

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