Effect of hyperthermic water bath on parameters of cellular immunity

Int J Clin Pharmacol Res. 2000;20(1-2):41-6.


Effects of hyperthermic water bath on selected immune parameters (lymphocyte subpopulations, natural killer (NK) cell counts and their activity) were studied in a group of 10 volunteers. Application of hyperthermic water bath (both topical and whole-body) was followed by a significant reduction of relative B lymphocyte counts. Whole-body hyperthermic water bath reduced relative total T lymphocyte counts, increased relative CD8+ T lymphocyte and NK cell counts and increased NK activity. Whole-body hyperthermic bath increased somatotropic hormone (STH) activity in eight out of 10 volunteers; higher relative counts of CD8+ lymphocytes and NK cells were observed compared with the group of volunteers not responding to hyperthermic water bath by STH secretion. In five volunteers STH was released in response to local hyperthermic water bath and the NK activity of lymphocytes also increased but their relative counts did not. The results suggest that these increases in CD8+ lymphocyte and NK cell counts are probably dependent on increased STH production.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Humans
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Hyperthermia, Induced* / methods
  • Immunity, Cellular / physiology*
  • Killer Cells, Natural / metabolism*
  • Lymphocyte Subsets / metabolism*
  • Male
  • Receptors, IgG / metabolism*
  • Water


  • Receptors, IgG
  • Water