|Publication number||WO2012137128 A1|
|Publication date||Oct 11, 2012|
|Filing date||Apr 2, 2012|
|Priority date||Apr 4, 2011|
|Also published as||EP2693996A1|
|Publication number||PCT/2012/51610, PCT/IB/12/051610, PCT/IB/12/51610, PCT/IB/2012/051610, PCT/IB/2012/51610, PCT/IB12/051610, PCT/IB12/51610, PCT/IB12051610, PCT/IB1251610, PCT/IB2012/051610, PCT/IB2012/51610, PCT/IB2012051610, PCT/IB201251610, WO 2012/137128 A1, WO 2012137128 A1, WO 2012137128A1, WO-A1-2012137128, WO2012/137128A1, WO2012137128 A1, WO2012137128A1|
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|Patent Citations (9), Referenced by (3), Classifications (7), Legal Events (3)|
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The invention belongs to the area of medicine, in particular physiotherapy, disease prevention and disorder treatment by using amber. The invention is related to measures (devices) used in physiotherapy, disease prevention and disorder treatment that have positive effect on a human (or other living organism/individual), enhance human's physical health and boost (stimulate) his immune system. In particular, the invention is related to usage of natural amber in physiotherapy products and/or equipment.
Physiotherapy is treatment by employing physical factors: water, heat, light, sound, electricity etc. Physiotherapy is the science that focuses on the effect of natural and non-natural physical factors on a human body and their application in disease prevention, disorder treatment and rehabilitation. Physiotherapy, both in theory and in practice, is primarily based on treatment by physical actions that influence an organism though reflexes and neurohumoral responses, i.e. regulates physiological and biochemical bodily functions, stimulates general activity of nervous system and biologically active substances (mediators, hormones, hormonoids) and directly influences through physical and chemical reaction. Physiotherapy is one of the safest, most natural and oldest ways of treatment that applies principles and methods extending back many thousands of years, thus remaining a relevant branch of science throughout the history and a basis for development of new devices, all serving the common goal of maintaining balance between a human (a living organism) and his ambience to sustain long and quality lives.
Amber is a fossilized tree resin, a mineral of organic nature that has formed as a result of solidification of coniferous plant resin. On the other hand, amber is a fossilized material that has absorbed the heat of the sun and the energy of blue sky and has been warming and protecting humans from prehistoric times to present. Research activity aimed at studying amber at various angles has intensified during the recent decades, after it was noticed that natural amber possessed sufficiently intensive and positive effect on a living organism, while animals were noticed to be subject to direct effect (e.g. dogs, cats). Yet, certain questions remain unanswered, such as the actual effect of amber in general and why and how the biological field of humans (or any other living organism) is able to experience the 'compensating' effect of amber. There is presently a pool of empirical data about positive effect of natural amber on a living organism, while the true mechanism of transfer of such an effect remains partially undiscovered i.e. the mystical stone as this mineral used to be considered back in times is still under a certain veil of mystery even in modern laboratories. Amber has been known since ancient times as a stimulant for blood coagulation (clotting), a remedy against vomiting and bacteria. Ancient Greeks used to call amber 'an electron' (thus stressing electrostatic properties of amber), Lithuanians - 'a protector' (protection against illnesses), while in Russian, amber means 'the Earth energy'.
An international patent application No. WO2010110633 is known to have been published 30 September, 2010. This patent application refers to a sauna with infrared radiation containing a hollow stand located in the centre of the sauna. The stand, coated with a layer of amber on the outside, serves as an enclosure for infrared radiation source. The limitation of such sauna is a smell of amber that may cause allergic reaction in certain people. In this sauna, amber is subject to fairly high temperatures, while amber tends to irreversibly loose its primary natural healing properties even at relatively low temperatures (starting from 50°C). Furthermore, infrared radiation is suspected of stimulating tumour growth. As a result, such saunas with infrared radiation are not universally suitable for everyone, and the effect of amber in them is largely insignificant. Moreover, description and drawings of the application suggest that there is a rather large distance between amber and a human body (more than a couple of centimetres), thus there is practically no interaction between biological (electromagnetic) field generated by the human body and amber.
Another known patent is Chinese patent No. CN101773353 published 14 July, 2010. The patent describes a rehabilitation/prevention/treatment pillow that can be filled with certain herbs, the scents of which boost immune system and stimulate certain nerve centres, depending on the types and sorts of herbs used. The limitation of this pillow is the absence of heating function or amber; the function of the pillow is based solely on aroma.
Russian patent No. RU2128984 was published 20 April, 1999. The patent describes an amber tub made of marble panel with ledge and a level layer of poured amber gravel. The total mass of amber gravel is about 40 kg. The marble panel together and the layer of amber gravel are heated to 37-38°C. Duration of preventive/healing procedure: 15-30 minutes. The invention possesses several limitations: the procedure is difficult to perform in home conditions because such tub (basically, a table with ledge) requires space; heating of the marble panel with 40 kg of amber requires a number of specialized equipment and large amount of energy (electricity); the amber tub is practically inaccessible for personal use due to high costs/investments, as the cost of 40 kg of amber is rather high; in addition, straight lying on amber gravel is not a relaxation procedure as such. Another inadequacy is that a person in need of such a procedure (radiculitis, joint diseases, post surgery etc.) would experience difficulties climbing into and out of such a tub.
Another known Lithuanian patent No. LT5641 was published 25 March, 2010. The patent describes a health enhancing amber table for physiotherapy. This amber table is very similar to the amber tub (RU2128984) described previously. The main difference is that the surface of the amber table is completely smooth, made of polished glued amber planks and contains infrared radiation sources and/or visible light emitting/heating energy sources underneath that cause amber start radiating ions that stimulate energy circulation down the energy channels of a human body. However, besides being bulky, heavy, expensive and uncomfortable to lie on, the amber table possesses other drawbacks. First, amber will start to smell. Presence of smell signals about a fairly intensive local heating of amber that begins to lose its natural properties. Second, besides amber (hardness of 2-3 Mohs), glue used in the structure also heats up (glue is usually softer than amber) and also starts to smell. This smell may cause allergy to not only human's lungs (respiratory system), but also skin (in particular, head area).
The closest issue to the technical level is the Chinese patent No.
published 20 December, 1989. The patent describes heated or cooled pillow that can be used by a human both in sitting and lying positions. Heating is provided through electricity, while cooling function is achieved by filling the pillow with cold water or ice. However, amber filling is not used in such a pillow. The patent also fails to indicate the optimum temperature. Furthermore, the pillow does not radiate ions, with its effect being merely the one of warming/cooling.
The purpose of this invention is to create an actively heated product (e.g. a mattress, pillow, blanket, slippers, item of clothing, or separate element(s) of clothing),
double frame with bags filled with natural amber filling on one side;
actively heated semi-rigid panels inserted between the two sides/sectors of the frame;
retainers to secure the product closely adjacent to a human body (e.g. to the back), and
special electric power supply to heat and maintain a required temperature in the above mentioned heated semi-rigid panel for a required period of time;
heating natural amber contained in the above mentioned product to the optimum temperature of 26-40°C by employing a special power supply and
putting the frame part with actively heated amber filling closely adjacent or at a certain distance (a couple of cm) to a human body;
with the aim to:
heat natural amber to the temperature at which amber starts to radiate ions, the radiation and effect of which intensify significantly after the temperature of natural amber reaches 26-40°C, and which positively stimulate energy points and channels of a human body, function of nerve centres, transmission of nerve impulses, cellular activity, metabolism etc.; and
induce electromagnetic field around amber by biologically active electromagnetic field of a human (hereinafter - biological field of a humane) and initiate interaction between biological field of a human and the induced biological field created by human around amber, with human's biological field positively responding to such an interaction (tranquilizing, yet stimulating) and directly influencing nerve/reflex centres and energy channels.
Given that the intensity of the mentioned biological field induced around amber is relatively high (currently under research),
a fairly large number of trials of the actual material on humans have been implemented and have succeeded to demonstrate that actively heated amber has positive effect in suppressing back pain;
certain trials of the actual material on animals (dogs, cats) have been implemented and have demonstrated strong reaction of the animals to amber even in cold state;
hence, such actively heated effective products can be used not only for disease prevention or health enhancing treatments, but also for therapy of common diseases (in certain cases, the above mentioned products can be applied in treatment of severely ill patients under a doctor's supervision).
The essence of the invention is the product (a structure) that combines knowledge about:
the property of heated natural amber to radiate ions that positively influence a human's (living) organism;
optimum temperature of natural amber (26-40°C) that supports the most intensive and effective radiation that is also the safest both to human organism and to natural amber;
ability of a human (living organism) to induce a field around amber with his own biological field, where the human (or the animal) positively responds to the effect of electromagnetic field (including other components, if any) created around amber;
The designed actively heated physiotherapic product (a mattress, pillow, blanket, item of clothing or separate element(s) of clothing) is very comfortable and safe, relatively soft, can be of any shape, can be used in sitting, semi-lying and lying, as well as side-lying position etc .
The essential uniqueness of the invention:
the product contains natural amber;
natural amber used in the product is actively heated to the temperature of 26-40°C;
a required temperature is maintained for a required period of time by using special power supply (with appropriate sensors);
the product is easy to use and affordable:
does not require any separate place (compared with amber tub or amber table);
does not cause thermal shock (compared with sauna);
does not smell and does not cause allergy through respiratory system or skin (compared with amber table);
can be secured to human body using retainers (a person can engage in other activity in the course of the procedure);
procedures can be performed at home, in a calm environment and at a convenient time;
safe to use (12V DC voltage); furthermore, the preheated product can be laid on after cutting off the voltage, as the temperature of amber is further maintained by human body, which is normally higher than 26°C and lower than 50°C (if the latter temperature limit is reached, a complete destruction of primary properties of amber starts).
Fig. 1 depicts the overview scheme of an actively heated mattress filled with natural amber that has to be secured to a human body (or be laid on by a human) and be used for disease prevention, health enhancing treatment and therapy of common disorders.
Fig. 2 depicts the overview scheme of an actively heated pillow filled with natural amber that has to be secured to a human body (or be laid on by a human / used to lay one's head on) and be used for disease prevention, health enhancing treatment and therapy of common disorders.
Fig. 3 provides the picture of the mentioned mattress as one of the end products.
Humans tend to turn to nature and its naturalness more often: nature is the place to look for answers to numerous questions, the place to find new natural and effective methods of improving physical and spiritual health. Natural amber is a noteworthy and still not fully discovered material. Most scientists agree that amber is an amorphous natural derivative of organic nature. Amber is a solidified derivative of resin secreted by Pinus Succinifera or other species of pine tree millions of years that resembles a mineral. Chemical formula of amber is C10H16O. Amber contains about 8% of amber acid (has been used in pharmacology since ancient times), as well as various other additives. Most scientists and people working with amber propose that amber can improve biophysical aspects of human organism and separate organs, improve healing of tissues and organs and functioning of central nervous and digestive systems. It has been noticed that under the influence of amber, the number of cancer diseases, inflammatory, degenerative processes in joints and top layers of skin tends to decrease, ear, eye, stomach and tooth pain is suppressed, rheumatism is treated. Nowadays amber is also used in treatment against urinary bladder, stomach illnesses, bronchitis, jaundice, myopia, cataract, heart diseases and angina. Amber removes kidney stones, stimulates urination. Moreover, doctors used amber for treating children that had suffered from Chernobyl catastrophe and were largely subject to thyroid disorders. Rooms with patients used to be filled with smoke of amber to disinfect the air of the premises.
Recently it has been discovered that the best healing properties are present only in natural amber. Specialists in this field define natural amber as non-polished or non-processed amber that may even be in the form of fine pieces with bark containing the most valuable substances. Natural amber must not be crushed; only washing with simple water is acceptable. It has also been noticed that if heated above a certain temperature, amber starts to irreversibly lose its primary healing properties. Such threshold temperature is not as high as it is usually considered. The temperature of just 50°C evokes intensive processes irreversibly destroying primary healing properties of amber. Thus any amber used in saunas or illuminated using incandescent (or other wave length) lamps, infrared radiation sources etc., gradually (or rapidly) and irreversibly loses its actual and natural healing properties. It had been discovered earlier that warm amber radiates ions that stimulate energy points and channels of a human body, functioning of nervous system, transfer of nerve impulses, cellular activity, metabolism etc. Nevertheless, it was modern science that succeeded to determine the range of such favourable temperature, which is fairly narrow. Medical tests have demonstrated that the healing effect starts intensifying with 26°C and is maintained until the temperature starts to exceed 40°C. Temperature of amber above 40°C is undesirable, and unacceptable when above 50°C. This is just one of the aspects related to amber ions and optimum temperature. Another peculiar effect has appeared to be the essential one. During experiments with animals, the animals were noticed to distinctly react to amber even in cold state: animals attempt lying on it covering as larger area as possible, completely calm down, sleep tight, do not respond to being called etc. These experiments have prompted a theory about a field induced by amber. The situation is similar to the gravitational model: when a material object creates a gravitational field around itself, and another object enters this gravitational field created by the first object, the second object becomes, on one hand, exposed to the field of the first object and, on the other hand, to another gravitational field that is induced around it (i.e. the second object), which leads to both objects 'sensing each other' and reacting upon each other. Despite continuing failure to identify gravitons (hypothetical elementary particles), all theorists and practitioners model their experimental equipment taking into consideration gravitons as a completely usual and unavoidable aspect. The concept of gravitational model can be applied to amber as well. Human body is known to generate a certain electromagnetic field. As it is not clear whether this biologically active electromagnetic field of a human contains only electric and magnetic or any other additional components, for the sake of higher accuracy we will further refer to this biologically active field of a human as a biological field of a human comprised of any scientifically proven and still undiscovered interacting elements. Hence, if amber is placed next to a human body (at a distance of couple centimetres or less), biological field of the human starts inducing a certain field (in fact, biological field is always present around a human body and always acts as a kind of 'scanner' of the ambience), and this field induced around amber starts interacting with the primary biological field created by the human. The actual mechanism of such an interaction and the reasons why the field induced around amber possesses positive/restorative/compensatory properties are not clear and, hopefully, will be discovered in future. So far, it is important that a present sufficient pool of empirical data has already proven the existence of such an interaction. Consequently, the field created by a human body when it is close to amber (in particular, natural amber) can be reasonably considered to have positive effect on the organism of the same human who has created that field through interaction. In case of optimum temperature (26-40°C) of amber, the effect of this induced field is significantly stronger, though it also exists at lower temperatures. Moreover, it has been noticed that the effect of non-sanded or non-polished amber is stronger. The reason for this may be illustrated and explained by the fact that the area of surface of natural amber stones is relatively large and irregular - neither flat, nor dimensional. Thus, the field induced under the influence of natural amber is 'dimensional', while polished/sanded amber induces the field that lacks certain components, i.e. becomes 'flat'.
Based on the above information, results of empirical clinical trials and decades-long observations, a range of products were developed within the scope of this invention.
Fig. 1 depicts the overview scheme of an actively heated mattress with natural amber filling that must be secured to a human body (or be laid on) and used for disease prevention, health enhancing treatment and therapy of common disorders. Actively heated mattress (1) as in Fig. 1 consists of: double mattress frame (2), sewing threads (3), shaped bags filled with natural amber (4), actively heated semi-rigid panels (5), power input socket (6) and power supply (7). The double frame (2) acts as the backing of mattress (1) and consists of solid fabric layer on one side (bottom) and double-layer fabric on the other side (upper) with natural amber placed between the layers of the upper side. The fabric used for the double frame (2) is natural and non-allergic, e.g. natural linen. The layers of the upper side of the double frame (2) are further stitched together as shown in Fig. 1 using appropriate sewing equipment. The depicted stitches (3) create pockets that are filled with natural amber. Afterwards, the same sewing equipment is used to stitch up the pockets (with the sewing machine moving down the edge, along the perimeter of the mattress), thus forming bags (4) with natural amber secured inside. Sewing threads (3) are also made of non-allergic material. A semi-rigid actively heated panel (5) is inserted into the formed double frame (2) (square, rectangular or any other regular/irregular geometric shape) along the perimeter of the frame. The actively heated panel (5) is semi-rigid and elastic rather than soft, in order to keep the stable shape of the mattress. The bonding strength between the panel and the material of the double frame (2) must be high enough to prevent the panel from sliding. The application requires electricity to heat the actively heated panel (5) and complies with all relevant safety criteria and requirements. The actively heated semi-rigid panel (5) contains power input socket (6), usually supplied with 12 V DC power. As the usual mains power line supplies ~220 V AC, a power supply (7) is provided to convert ~220 V AC into 12 V DC. One wire lead of the power supply is connected to the mains power line (~220 V), another - to the power input socket (6). In order to increase the temperature of the actively heated panel (5) to a certain level and maintain the level of temperature for a required period of time, a power source (7) is required and must support the functions of heating the actively heated panel (5) to the temperature (ideal: 26 to 40°C) and maintaining the temperature for the period of time (ideal: 30 to 40 minutes) as required by the routine, which depends on the scope/need of the procedure.
Fig. 1 provides the overview of a mattress (1) for a person to lie on the back and perform prevention/healing treatment for the back area. Nevertheless, the same ideas, principles and knowledge may be applied to create a variety of other actively heated products with natural amber filling e.g. a pillow, blanket, belt, band, slippers, item of clothing, separate element(s) of clothing etc.
Fig. 2 provides the overview scheme of an actively heated pillow with natural amber filling to put against a human's body (or for a person to lie on/put his head on) and perform preventive treatment, health enhancing treatment and therapy of common disorders . For example, in this case, the product (the pillow) is intended to be used during head area preventive/healing procedures.
If needed, special retainers can be attached to an actively heated product to secure the product (1) to a person's body. The solution to use the retainers would enable the person to perform preventive treatment and engage in other activity/work at the same time etc.
The general method of using the mentioned actively heated products with natural amber filling covers the following steps:
Depending on the type of disorder and its location, the use of the described product (1) may differ slightly i.e. a body part/area that the product with amber is put against or duration of the procedure may be different.
The use of the described product (1) and its application method may help cure chronic diseases, relieve stress, improve heart health, blood circulation, digestive and bowel function, respiratory system; suppress excessive appetite, avoid headaches, migraine, potency and prostate disorders; pregnant women will have more chances to deliver a healthy and strong baby and experience easier childbirth.
As the intensity of effect of the product is fairly strong from biological perspective, the product can be used not only for disease prevention, but also for treatment of disorders under a doctor's supervision. The following examples show application of the product in treatment of severely ill patients.
Fig. 3 provides an image of the mentioned mattress as an end product.
In order to illustrate and describe the invention, description of the most preferred embodiment options is provided hereinabove. This invention does not require particular steps to be performed or does not limit a claim to a particular structure or scope. The above description shall be regarded as an illustration rather than a limitation. It is apparent that specialists in the field may be well aware of multiple possible modifications and variations. The described methods of embodiment have been selected and described with the aim to assist the specialists in the field in exploring the principles of the invention and its practical application using various methods and modifications for particular use or embodiment, as quantitative parameters of the product and its application may be different depending on the particular use or embodiment. It has been anticipated that the scope of invention is defined by the enclosed claim and its equivalents containing the terms that are used in the widest scope of meaning, unless stated otherwise. It has been acknowledged that methods of embodiment described by the specialists in the field may provide amendments that do not deviate from the scope of the invention as stated in the claim hereinafter.
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