Halite Salt Therapy
As far back as Roman and Medival times, miners have been recording improvements in breathing as a result of being in the caves. In 1843 a Polish physician at the Wieliczka salt mine, Dr. Feliks Boczkowski, recorded that miners did not suffer from lung diseases and his successor set up a therapeutic spa based on these observations. During the second world war Dr. Karl Hermann Spannagel noticed improvements in the health of his patients as they hid in the Kluterthöhle karst cave to escape heavy bombing. Those who suffered from bronchial asthma while staying in that bomb shelter had their coughing subside and their breathing became much smoother. Ever since, this cave has continued to be used for medical treatment of respiratory diseases and, through patients studies, Dr. Spannagel and dc. H. Kesler, Hungarian geologist and a famous speleologist, have developed the basis for modern Speleotherapy.
Up until 1987 these underground caves were the only available method. In 1987 a new system was developed in Russia (speleochambers- salt rooms) to replicate the
environment of the salt caves. Today there are hundreds of Speleotherapy facilities located throughout eastern and central Europe. This natural complementary therapy is gaining recognition in the rest of the world, including the United States.