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Salt Therapy: History

The Salt Sanctuary - Bingahtmon, NYSalt therapy, also known as "halotherapy" is a modern variation of an old Eastern European treatment. For many years, individuals in Eastern Europe have recognized the benefits of spending time underground in natural salt caves, undergoing what has been coined "speleotherapy."

While the beneficial health effects to basking in this salty environment have been known for centuries, Polish physician Dr. Boczkowski first recorded them in 1843 after observing robust health of salt miners in the Wieliczka salt mine in Krakow.

Salt therapy is the recreation of these environmental factors above ground, reducing the significant travel, costs and inconveniences associated with spending time in natural caves deep below ground. "Halochambers," built in Russia in the 1980’s were the first above ground facilities to offer halotherapy, and consisted of salt-covered floors and walls.

Today, halotherapy rooms have been certified as medical devices in Russia, and the Israeli Ministry of Health has similarly recognized halotherapy as a medical treatment for pediatric asthma.  That said salt therapy has become very popular and effective treatment for children with asthma, as it is non-invasive and 100% natural.

Learn more about the history of salt therapy by attending our free trial and seminar.