(Cave Therapy) and Halotherapy
we are increasingly exposed to pollutants in the air that we breathe and the water
that we bathe in, it makes sense that respiratory and skin problems are on the
rise. These health issues take the form of asthma, no seasonal allergies, breathing
difficulties, skin rashes, and countless other modern maladies.
researchers are still discovering new ways in which humans are adversely affected
by airborne and waterborne pollutants. Some people assume that what they eat and
drink are the primary ways in which their environment can affect their health.
But actually your skin and your lungs are your main interface to the outside world.
In fact, your skin is your body's largest organ, and it plays a crucial role in
regulating your body's temperature, and keeping the outside... outside! Your lungs
and skin can easily absorb toxins for which they were never intended.
most effective and healthy ways to reduce or completely eliminate these ailments
that afflict our lungs and skin...
medicine typically turns to prescription drugs, to try to cure the problems or
mask the symptoms. But these unnatural chemicals often do more harm than good.
Consequently, people interested in more natural solutions are getting terrific
results from speleotherapy and halo therapy.
is essentially the treatment of respiratory diseases using the air found in underground
caves. (See resource list below) Such air is typically rich in natural salt microns
and ions, which have been found quite effective in reducing asthma, allergies,
and other breathing problems, in addition to soothing irritated skin and restoring
ionic balance within the body.
Speleotherapy is most popular
in former Soviet bloc areas -- such as East Germany, Romania, Armenia, and the
Ukraine -- for several reasons. Initially, Eastern European health practitioners
and medical clinics did not have the financial resources for purchasing expensive
Western pharmaceuticals, and so they turned to more traditional and lower-cost
methods, including speleotherapy. The mountainous regions of Europe and Asia are
well-known as having the best mines for ancient salt, as well as being the primary
sources for crystal salts. These natural crystals -- formed countless millennia
ago -- are also handcrafted into beautiful salt lamps that give off healthy negative
ions, which have unique healing properties.
Speleotherapy and the results...
There are numerous
medical modalities used by speleotherapy practitioners. For example, at the world-renowned
Ukrainian Allergologic Hospital (UAH) located in the foothills of the Ukrainian
Carpathian mountains, three major types of treatment are offered: the healthy
microclimate deep in their salt mines, water from those salt mines, and brine
and mud from a nearby salt lake. UAH utilizes speleotherapy to treat patients
with bronchial asthma, psoriasis, neurodermitis, allergic dermatitis, post-burn
conditions, nervous system dysfunction, sex disorders, and chronic nonspecific
lung diseases (CNLD). During more than 30 years, an estimated 60,000 patients
are reported to have been cured of their maladies.
As a result
of people all over the world learning the benefits of speleotherapy, clinics outside
of Eastern Europe are simulating the deep cave microenvironments, offering halotherapy
(HT) in specially constructed rooms, halochambers, whose surfaces are coated with
medicinal salt. Natural ionization of the air is supplemented with a dry sodium
chloride aerosol, to maximize the health potential of the treatment while the
patient is there. Halo therapy clinics have the advantage that they are more accessible
to people living outside of Eastern Europe. Yet patients only get exposure to
the healthy ions while they are at the clinic, which might be for only a few days
or weeks per year.
See resources below for clinics around the
The most cost-effective solution by far is
to create your own mini-halotherapy environment in your own home and/or office.
Thus you derive the health benefits of this remarkable
therapy, every day that you choose, without having to travel anywhere. Many experts
consider one device, the Salin
Device to be the best air purifier/salinizer, partly because it is so effective
at creating a halotherapy micro-environment, and also because it is quiet and
well-made. In fact, Canada considers the Salin Device to be a Medical Device Class
I, just as various clinical studies have demonstrated its value in alleviating
respiratory diseases. Even more portable is the Salt
Pipe, which is made of ceramic porcelain, and whose daily use helps to flush
away impurities from the nasal passages, as well as helping to heal and calm inflamed
lungs and airways. Salt pipes are now quite popular in Europe, and can be used
by anyone anywhere. The final touches, beautiful glowing salt lamps from the Himalayas, Poland and Persia
Speleotherapy clinics around the world...
Located in the Wazyn chamber about 250 metres below the surface,
with a unique microclimate, it is an ideal place for treatment of respiratory
diseases, asthma, and allergies. in addition to medical facilities, such as equipment
for inhalations, the sanatorium provides the visiors with opportunities for recreation:
gymnasium, table tennis, sport-gear/deckchair rental, and a snack bar...
The Sanatorium of the Salt
Salt Mine Wieliczka which works from XIII
century is the oldest enterprise of salt industry on Polish land. For ages it
was a source of polish treasury and material fundament of culture - today is the
most willingly visited polish tourist object. Over 700 years of mining the salt
deposit formed the contemporary spatial mining excavation structure. Hidden below
the town, situated on 9 levels, reaching 327 m deep Wieliczka underground is nearly
300 km of galleries and 3000 chambers. 3,5 km route 64-135 m below ground level
is available for tourists. Magnificent chapels, captivating underground lakes,
original tools and equipment, traces of mining works give the comprehension about
people's fight against the elements, their work, passion and beliefs...
to the extensive salt mining there have been left large underground halls, where
a unique salt-mine microclimate has been created, with relatively constant temperatures,
between 14 and 16 Celsius degrees, low humidity 66-70% and bigger pressure than
on the surface 735-738 mmHg on average. The air is highly ionized, very effective
in what the respiratory diseases treatment is concerned. Underground sanatoriums
have been created here. The underground treatment was firstly held in the early
60es, in the Gh. Doja mine. In 1980, the treatment base was moved to the "50 horizon",
which lies at 120m underground, its width is of 20m, height 14m and length a few
hundreds of meters... Praid Salt
Mine in Romania
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