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SALT CAVE

   

Salt therapy was discovered in the mid 18th century by Polish health official named Felix Botchkowski. Salt therapy was originally discovered as Speleotherapy or cave therapy, 'Spelenos' being the Greek term for 'cave'. Felix Botchkowski found that salt miners in Poland had not experienced lung-related ailments such as asthma, pneumonia, or chronic bronchitis. Speleotherapy is the treatment of respiratory diseases, as well as some skin diseases, utilizing salt-rich air in underground caves. Natural salt microns and ions have been proven effective in calming an agitated respiratory track. Salt has a natural anti-inflammatory effect; it reduces swelling and edema in the air passages, making it less difficult and less painful to breath. Inhaling the salt-saturated air destroys fungus and bacteria in the mucosal lining of the respiratory tract. Breathing the salted air thins the mucous in the lungs so it is more easily expectorated. It has also being proven to remove remaining tar from the lungs of smokers. The salt ions produce a negative electrical charge in the air, which improve mood, reduce stress and anxiety, decrease fatigue, and have many other curative effects. During a treatment, the patient is allowed to relax in the salt cave for the duration of the session. Each session last from twenty to forty five minutes, and is repeated daily for up to fifteen days. Treatments are recommended up to three times per year. Speleotherapy treatments are typically not private. Outside the caves, salt therapy is called Halo-therapy. It comes from the Greek word 'halos', a term meaning 'salt'. Speleotherapy and Halo-therapy have been effective in reducing symptoms in many areas of health. Although treatments are most used to remedy lung-related disorders, salt has also been used to care for skin conditions, anxiety, stress, ENT illnesses, and has been utilized to improve the immune system.


Conditions that are treated with salt include:

  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Asthma
  • Hay fever
  • Ear infection
  • Breathlessness, chest tightness
  • Pneumonia (post acute stage)
  • Bronchiectatic disease
  • Smoker's cough (including secondary smoke)
  • Cough with viscous sputum discharging with difficulties
  • Dry, paroxysmal cough with distant rates
  • Frequent acute disorders of respiratory tract
  • Pharyngitis
  • Multi-chemical sensitivity syndrome
  • Sinusitis/sinus inflammation
  • Respiratory infections
  • Rhinitis
  • Tonsillitis
  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis
  • Respiratory allergies to industrial and household pollutants
  • Dry rales (mostly with low tone) changing its localization during auscultation


  • Salt therapy falls under the class of physical therapies. It is a non-invasive, natural therapy without the side affects of drugs normally used to treat these ailments, such as corticoids or steroids. The absence of these drugs allows this treatment to be safe for pregnant women, and even very young children. Children that receive this therapy inhale a lower concentration of salt air. An easy way to integrate salt therapy into a massage practice is with salt lamps. Although the salt lamp isnít nearly as strong as an underground Speleotherapy treatment, it still reproduces similar effects. In addition to having curative factors, salt lams also add a relaxing ambiance to a room. Utilizing air ionizers could also be a medicinal addition to the atmosphere of a massage practice. Ē Salt lamps are also an easy way to change the electric charge in the room. The heat from the light bulb or candle inside the lamp sends off the negatively charged salt ions. This cleans the air in the room. The salt ions cling to airborne allergens making them heavy, allowing them to fall out of the air so they donít get breathed in. The negative ions improve mood and reduce stress and anxiety.