Friday, December 11, 2009

Cave Therapy for Lungs and Sinuses

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.

Called Speleotherapy, cave therapy involves spending an hour or longer 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 do cave sessions every day for two to three weeks as a whole treatment.

Halotherapy does not involve angels as the name might imply, but is rather therapy in fabricated caves, using special technology that aerosolizes salt, mimicking the 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.

Research has found that sodium chloride (salt) especially when delivered with negative ions is beneficial for lungs and sinuses and is mucolytic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and an immune system modulator.

Natural Caves include the Bystrianska cave in Bansk√° Bystrica, Slovakia and the Underground Rehabilitation and Treatment Centre, an independent healthcare facility that is part of the Wieliczka Salt Mine Tourist Route (Kopalnia Soli Wieliczka – Trasa Tusrystyczna) in Poland.

You can find fabricated 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.

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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