Saturday, December 12, 2009

Salt Caves For Natural Health

I find myself quite intrigued with the therapeutic qualities of salt caves. A simple, low-tech therapy (especially when done in natural caves), salt caves have been used in Eastern Europe and Russia for hundred of years for treating lung and nasal illnesses, particularly asthma and allergies., with antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and immune system modulating properties.  Research has found that sodium chloride (salt) especially when delivered with negative ions is beneficial for lungs and sinuses, dissolving thick mucus

Called Speleotherapy, cave therapy involves spending an hour or more in an underground natural salt or karst (limestone) cave where the combination of minerals and electronegative charge are particularly conducive to treating chronic and allergic respiratory conditions. People suffering from such ailments are recommended to have cave sessions every day for two to three weeks as part of a whole treatment plan.

Halotherapy does not involve angels as the name might imply, but is rather therapy in fabricated caves, using special technology that aerosolizes salt, mimicking natural salt caves. Halotherapy is becoming increasingly popular in the United States and Europe, where spas and clinics are installing fabricated salt caves to be used for allergy and asthma sufferers, as well as for relaxation and preventative care. 

Natural Caves include the Bystrianska cave in Bansk√° Bystrica, Slovakia; Tel: +421-48-413 53 12; Email: AND; Web:; AND

The Underground Rehabilitation and Treatment Centre is an independent healthcare facility that is part of the Wieliczka Salt Mine Tourist Route (Kopalnia Soli Wieliczka – Trasa Tusrystyczna) in Poland. Quite an impressive facility, the salt mines have been used for therapeutic purposes for hundreds of years. Today the Treatment Centre is a full on treatment and research facility, providing respiratory rehabilitation 440 feet below ground. 

There are overnight treatments as well as day treatments with nearby hotels for day users. Medical consults and diagnostic tests are part of the program as are exercises and other activities. Daily sessions last six and a half hours in the mine, and fourteen-day stays are standard, with seven-day health packages offered as well. The Wieliczka Salt Mine Underground Rehabilitation and Treatment Centre, 32-020 Wieliczka, Park Kingi 6; Tel. +48 12 278 73 68; Email:; Web:

Fabricated Salt Therapy “Caves”: 

You can find Halotherapy salt caves in Rutland, VT, Williamsburg, VA, Illinois, Florida, and other locations in the United States, as well as in London and Lincolnshire, UK. Dr. Margaret Smiechowski, a native of Poland, has brought her knowledge of salt caves to the United States where she is considered an expert in salt therapy installations. For more information about her work see or visit the website of the Pyramid Holistic Wellness Center in Rutland Vermont.

In London, a newly fabricated salt cave has opened in a renovated church. Allergy & Asthma Ltd opened the cave to offer natural treatments for allergies and maladies of the lungs. Salt cave sessions are available by appointment only. Allergy & Asthma Ltd., 320B, Earlsfield Road, United Reformed Church, London, SW18 3EJ; Tel: 020 8870 6006; E-mail:; Web:; open Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 8:00 pm, Saturday from 9:00am to 5:30 pm.

Indium is a company in Estonia that manufactures salt rooms and individual salt “cocoons” – sort of like saunas but rather than heat you are getting aerosolized salt therapy. Indium Top LLC, Paldiski Road 68, Tallinn, 10617 Estonia; Tel: +372 6715 774; Email:; Web: 

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Anonymous said...

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