Академическое издательство «Гео»

Keywords: medical-geographical atlas, healing water and therapeutic mud sources, medicinal herbs, natural resource potential, complex mapping.



GEOGRAPHY AND NATURAL RESOURCES, 2018, № 3, p. 22-28

Healing springs and
medicinal herbs: draft of a new medical-geographical atlas of Russia

S.M. Malkhazova*, T.V. Kotova*, N.B. Leonova*, I.M. Miklyaeva*, S.M. Starikov**

*Lomonosov Moscow State University, 119991, Moscow, Leninskie gory, 1,
Russia, sveta_geo@mail.ru, tkot@geogr.msu.su, nbleonova2@gmail.com, inessa-miklyaeva@yandex.ru
**Main Directorate of Scientific Research and Engineering Support of Advanced Technologies
(Innovative Research) of the Russian Ministry of Defence,
117997, Moscow, ul. Profsoyuznaya, 84/32, Russia, dr_starikov@mail.ru

Presented is a draft atlas entitled «Healing springs and medicinal herbs» that was prepared at the Faculty of Geography of the Lomonosov Moscow State University as part of a series of medical-geographical atlases of Russia. Based on the synthesis of accumulated information the Atlas will for the first time provide a complex representation of healing water and therapeutic mud sources and medicinal herbs of Russia systemically displaying the medical-geographical aspects of this natural resource as a component of the health-improving potential of the country. The Atlas is aimed at the solution of tasks covering the inventory, assessment and recommendations for utilization and protection of healing springs and medicinal herbs as a part of the national assets of the country. It would satisfy the information demands of people providing for their broader involvement in the sphere of scientific and traditional medicine. The geography of healing springs and medicinal herbs will be for the first time more completely displayed in the Atlas as well as showing their possible uses for the main classes of diseases. The Atlas includes six sections containing information on natural and socio-economic conditions, healing springs and medicinal herbs, diseases requiring natural medicinal resources for their treatment and prevention, on the study, protection and prospects for use of healing springs and medicinal herbs. A considerable body of reference information is included in the Appendix. Medical-geographical maps of model areas (the Tyva Republic, the Far East and the Crimea) will be published in the Atlas along with the all-Russia chorographic maps. The Atlas will provide an information base for assessing the potential of the ecological, medical and spa tourism, sanatorium-resort therapy, the development of resource-saving extraction of water, mud and herbs for medical, health-improving, recreational and other purposes with due regard for environmental protection issues.

Keywords: medical-geographical atlas, healing water and therapeutic mud sources, medicinal herbs, natural resource potential, complex mapping.

DOI: 10.21782/GIPR0206-1619-2018-3(22-28)

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