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Ampelotherapy is fast picking momentum from all across. The word ‘Ampelo’ is a Greek word which means grapes. Simply put, ampelotherapy involves treatment of various ailments with grapes. As uncanny as that sounds, the therapy is said to be quite effective. The therapy is used as one of the alternative approaches to treat chronic pains and diseases. The documentation of grape cure was first seen in the publication of V.N. Dmitriev’s monograph “Treatment With Grapes in Yalta on the Southern Crimean Shore” (1878). In the USSR, the principles of grape cure (scientific and theoretical) were developed in the 1920’s by a group of physicians of the Semashko Institute (Yalta), headed by A.V. D’iakov.
Though nearly unclear, the roots of this therapy are based in European countries. Though picking up in other parts of the world, the treatment is extremely popular in places like Austria, Hungary, Italy, Germany, France and Switzerland.
Components Of Grapes
- 10-33 percent sugar (Glucose and Fructose)
- Organic acids (tartaric, malic, citric, tannic, and other)
- Peptic Substances
- Salts of Potassium, Sodium, Iron and Aluminium
- Grapes contain vitamin C and B-complex vitamins
- Provitamin A (carotene)
- Ferments and Phytoncides
Mode Of Treatment
Patients undergoing ampelotherapy must not take fatty foods, alcoholic beverages, milk or milk products, and kvass to avoid complications of the gastrointestinal tract. During ampelotherapy, metabolic processes are activated—water-salt metabolism, urine production is increased (promotes recession of edema), normalized gastric secretion, intensified peristaltic activity of the intestinal tract and improved appetite.
The grape cure is prescribed for a decline in nutrition, especially in patients in the early stage of tuberculosis, for diseases of the heart, liver, kidneys, lungs and for gout and secondary anemia.
Ampelotherapy is contraindicated in diabetes mellitus, any acute acute disease, gastric ulcer, exacerbated chronic tuberculosis, obesity, hypertension, and chronic diarrhea.
1. Safrazbekian, R. N. O vinogradolechenii na iuzhnom beregu Kryma. [Simferopol’, 1932.]
2. Shvarts, A. V. Vinogradolechenie. Yalta, 1947.
3. Prostoserdov, N. N. “Dieteticheskie i lechebnye svoistva vinograda.” Vinodelie i vinogradarstvo v SSSR, 1947, no. 1.