Did you know that the use of salt to heal is centuries old?
Yes you read correctly, centuries.
Halotherapy (known widely as Salt Therapy), originated more than 150 years ago, in natural salt caves and mines. During the Grecian age, Hippocrates recommended salt inhalation as an effective treatment for respiratory issues.
European monks also discovered a pattern, noticing that people treated in salt caverns healed faster than those treated elsewhere.
Its Polish roots began in 1843, when a Polish physician studied the men working in salt mines at Wielickza. Boczkowski. He discovered that salt mine workers had fewer respiratory problems than others, tracing the phenomenon back to the inhalation of salt dust. Because of this, a halotherapy therapeutic spa was developed in Poland.
In Germany during World War II, salt mines were a common area for bomb shelters, leading to disturbances in the mine that let salt dust out into the air. People taking cover in these mines found that their respiratory problems were significantly lessened as a result.
In the 1950s, salt therapy was modernised. Eastern European physicians figured out how to simulate the natural conditions of salt caves, with help from engineers. This lead to modern-day salt therapy, as we know it now, with countless halotherapy treatment areas opening up across Europe and Scandanavia in the 1980s and 1990s. Many salt therapy rooms are in operation in European hospitals, providing patients access to the benefits of salt therapy.
Salt therapy is growing in popularity around the world and people are discovering what an excellent treatment it can be for respiratory and skin issues. If you have thought about salt therapy but wondered where this idea came from, now you know – it is something people have been using, with fantastic results, for centuries.