Peat Therapy

The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Peat Therapy

 

the use of peat for therapeutic purposes; a type of pelotherapy. The peat used usually meets hygienic requirements, is highly decomposed (more than 60 percent), and has been heated to 42°–52°C. Peat therapy is more easily tolerated than treatment with sediment mud, from which peat differs by its substantial content of organic matter, lower heat conductivity, greater heat capacity, and higher optimum temperature. The principal method of peat therapy is external application. It may be combined with electrotherapy.

REFERENCE

Olefirenko, V. T. Vodoteplolechenie. Moscow, 1970.
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.