Qualitative and Quantitative Assessment of Buckwheat Husks as a Material for Use in Therapeutic Mattresses
Agnieszka Nawirska-Olszańska , Adam Figiel , Elżbieta Pląskowska , Jacek Twardowski , Elżbieta Gębarowska , Alicja Kucharska , Anna Sokół-Łętowska , Radosław Spychaj , Krzysztof Lech , Marek Liszewski
AbstractBuckwheat husks are used in many therapeutic products such as pillows, mattresses, seats, etc. This material is proposed by producers for example for discopathy, back pain and head vasomotor disorders. Our studies evaluated the impact of using cotton mattresses with buckwheat husk fillings on people’s health condition. The main research was carried out on the group of 60 people divided into 3 groups (1—people with skeletal system problems, 2—people spending a lot of time lying with the probability of pressure ulcer formation and 3—healthy people). In addition, different tests have been carried out on the possibility of colonization of mattresses by fungi, bacteria and arthropod pests, and rheological, chemical and flammability tests. The research material in the form of buckwheat husks was tested in a diverse way. All tests indicate high usefulness of husks for therapeutic activity. This material was contaminated with fungi, bacteria and pests at a very low level, related to the natural colonization of buckwheat nuts during harvest and storage. The quality of the husks was also confirmed in rheological, chemical and flammability studies. Finally, this has also been confirmed in surveys conducted on people with health problems. The analyses show that the buckwheat husk is an excellent material that can be used to fill prophylactic mattresses. This has been confirmed by the results of laboratory tests and opinions of respondents using mattresses filled with buckwheat husk.
|Journal series||International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, ISSN 1661-7827, e-ISSN 1660-4601, (N/A 70 pkt)|
|Publication size in sheets||0.9|
|Keywords in English||buckwheat husk; prophylactic mattresses; natural products (ecological); pressure ulcer; microorganisms; pests|
|License||Journal (articles only); published final; ; with publication|
|Score||= 70.0, 22-04-2021, ArticleFromJournal|
|Publication indicators||= 0; = 0; : 2018 = 1.129; : 2019 = 2.849 (2) - 2019=3.127 (5)|
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