[Cultural history of wine, the theoretical background of wine therapy]

Orv Hetil. 2005 Dec 25;146(52):2635-9.
[Article in Hu]


The knowledge of wine and grapes as old as the cultural history of human population. The small consumption of wine could be advantageous. Also it has been well established for several thousands of years, that it could cause acute and chronic injuries after higher consumption. Its antiinfectious effect in dermatological drugs had been known in the archeological ages. The unguents containing wine polyphenols are advantageous in some dermatological injuries and also in the treatment of muscular and articular alterations. Moderate consumption of wine may decrease the mortality rate of cardiovascular diseases. In healthy individuals consumption of one-two dl of wine can decrease the mortality rate of cardiovascular diseases. This quantity, however, may be injurious in pregnancy, in children, and in various organic diseases, especially in liver disease, as well as if combined with common drugs.

Publication types

  • Historical Article
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Alcohol Drinking / metabolism*
  • Alcoholism / mortality
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / diet therapy*
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / metabolism
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / mortality
  • Europe
  • Flavonoids / pharmacology*
  • France
  • History, 20th Century
  • History, Ancient
  • History, Medieval
  • Humans
  • Lipid Peroxidation / drug effects
  • Phenols / pharmacology*
  • Polyphenols
  • Wine* / history
  • Wine* / statistics & numerical data


  • Flavonoids
  • Phenols
  • Polyphenols