Speleotherapy (Cave Therapy) and Halotherapy
As 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.
Medical 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.
(Everything in the ballroom is carved or made from salt, including the chandeliers. Photo date 9/97; © by J.S. Aber. Image taken from academic.emporia.edu/aberjame/ ice/lec14/wielicz.htm)
The most effective and healthy ways to reduce or completely eliminate these ailments that afflict our lungs and skin...
Conventional Western 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.
Speleotherapy 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.
(All sculpted pieces are salt, including the floor, walls, and ceilings. Photo date 9/97;© by J.S. Aber. Image taken from academic.emporia.edu/aberjame/ ice/lec14/wielicz.htm)
Who uses 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 world....
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 Mine Bochnia
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...
Salt Mine Wieliczka
Due 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