A BRIEF HISTORY
20 million years ago Eastern Europe was partially covered by a shallow sea. With the disappearance of the sea, large amounts of layered salt were left behind. In the 14th century people started to mine salt for their own use and for sale. Large salt mines were developed in the south of Poland near Krakow leaving huge chambers deep in the mountains. Over time, it was discovered that salt miners, as a result of working in the salt mines, had very few respiratory conditions, looked much younger than their age and rarely got sick.
RECOGNIZING THE EFFECT ON HEALTH
In the 1840s, a Polish doctor named Feliks Boczkowski noticed something interesting while treating workers in the Wieleczka Salt Mines. Unlike other miners who routinely experienced lung problems from breathing in the pollutants in the mines, he found that patients rarely had respiratory issues. Boczkowski attributed this to the high salt content in the cave’s microclimate and he published a treatise detailing his theories in 1843. Several years later one of his pupils opened the first salt inhalation clinic in Poland.
This was not the first-time people had drawn the connection between salt content in the air and improved respiratory health. Catholic monks in Europe regularly brought people with respiratory issues into salt caves and then crushed the salt with their feet to release it into the air. Salt therapy was also used in the days of ancient Greece and Rome.
The powerful healing properties of halotherapy are earning the attention of some of the world’s most advanced medical institutions and publications. Many believe that when people inhale this salty air, it can help stimulate the respiratory system, reduce inflammation, fight infection, clear blockages and reduce discomfort.
Halotherapy therapy is believed to be antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, and can help with excessive mucus, pathogen agents, digestive issues, depression, skin conditions, and immune system oversensitivity. With all these benefits, it is easy to see that incorporating salt therapy into your life can help improve overall wellness.
Health benefits of salt therapy include aid in treatment of the following conditions:
|Chronic Bronchitis||Ear Infections||Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)|
|COPD||Sleep Apnea||Dry Skin|