From the Greeks to the present day: the history of salt therapy

Most stories begin with "already in the time of the ancientGreeks.” Well, this is no different for salt therapy either. Inhalation of saltwas recommended already by Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, to hiscontemporaries. He applied the ancient method as follows: he inhaled saltysteam from a boiling salt water.

Monks and prisoners in the salt mine

In the Middle Ages, healing monks also took advantage of thebeneficial effects of salty air: they brought patients into the salt caveswhere they inhaled the salt crystals crushed by the monks. It is with thisregular therapy that the patients' respiratory system was cleaned.

According to another story, the prisoners working in the salt minelived to a very high age. A few centuries ago, prisoners sentenced to deathwere sent to salt mines to die there as a result of the extremely intense andhard work. To their greatest surprise, however, the salty air had a beneficialeffect on them, as it was able to improve the physical, chemical andhydrodynamic condition of the body.

In parallel, Polish salt industry craftsmen also noticed thatnone of those working in their salt mines suffered from lung disorders: theydid not experience asthma or pneumonia. It was then that the first undergroundtreatment centre was set up in Wieliczka, Poland, to treat respiratory diseases- especially asthma.

The salt bath appears

In Europe, salt therapy became popular in the 19th century.Rooms and sanatoriums set up in salt mines for the treatment of respiratorydiseases became widespread in the 1850s, first in Central and Eastern Europe.In addition to the widespread use of salt therapy after this, salt bathing alsoappeared. It was mainly recommended for tension relief, treatment of muscle andjoint problems, as well as skin disinfection.

Research into salt therapy began

The healing power of salt was also experienced during World WarII in the salt mines used as shelters. Shortly afterwards, asthmatic sanatoriumswere opened in a row in natural salt caves in Germany, Switzerland, Bulgariaand in Yugoslavia.

Scientific research into the effectiveness of salt began in1968. As a result, the official scientific foundations of the speleo therapywere laid and a new, effective method of treating asthma was developed whichwas called halotherapy (the word halo means salt in Greek).

Now it can be seen that salt crystals have been used to treatrespiratory diseases (such as asthma, bronchitis or other chronic respiratory disorders)to strengthen the immune system for decades. At DSI, we have put the manybenefits of salt therapy in one tiny device to make it available to anyone -almost anywhere, even right out of our pocket. Click here  to learn more about our inhalers.

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