La Houille Blanche
Number 2-3, Avril 1995
|Page(s)||81 - 86|
|Published online||01 August 2009|
Relations entre les structures géologiques, la composition chimique des eaux minérales et leurs orientations thérapeutiques
Links between geological structures, the chemical composition of mineraI waters and their therapeutic properties
Professeur émérite de Pharmacologie, Hydrologie à l'Université de Bordeaux II
2 Professeur d'Hydrogéologie à l'Université d'Avignon
The links between geology, the composition of mineral waters and their therapeutic properties are considered schematically having regard to an outline of the principaL geological structures, the major characteristic elements in mineral waters and the therapeutic properties which enable treatment costs to be covered by Social Security.
This approach makes it possible to subdivide French mineral water resources into a number of major provinces based on geology, within which the water has a standard chemical profile and one or more specific therapeutic characteristics. However, small variations in chemical composition within a given province have resulted in other applications.
Finally, the central region of the country (the Massif Central) is taken as an exampLe where there have been changes in therapeutic orientations, with the centre rich in sodium bicarbonate applied to diseases of the digestive system, as a result of the presence of chlorides and alkaline earths in the surrounding areas.
© Société Hydrotechnique de France, 1995