D. Milan Simko, Immunologist - Allergologist

Kramare, Slovakia

At first, the positive effects of staying in caves on the respiratory tract were attributed to the ability of inhaled aerosol to dissolve viscose mucus, which can be consecutively easier to cough out. However, the latest research suggests important regulation roles of skin surface and respiratory tract. While human skin has a surface of 2m², the respiratory system has a surface of 100m². Therefore inhalatory therapy is much more efficient than the effects of aerosol applied to the skin and represents an important regulation role in the whole organism. These regulation mechanisms have the beneficial effect with the treatment explained even for diseases unrelated to the respiratory tract. Exact studies discovered another positive effect of this treatment - killing of disease-inducing microorganisms in the respiratory tract. Aerosol in caves contains microelements which make up a vital part of enzymes and hormones; an organism needs them in order to function optimally and our ordinary everyday foods do not provide enough of them. A stay in a cave can supplement the deficit. Immune, neural and endocrine glands systems are interconnected and aerosol treatments influence all three mentioned systems, increases organs' congestion of blood, which explains the complex influence of aforementioned treatments, including anti-inflammation treatments, resulting in reduced painfulness in rheumatism and the positive effect on some neural disorders and cardiovascular diseases. From the empirical knowledge of climatotherapy which observes long-term improvement of disease state with a stay at sea in length of minimum 3 weeks, we determined that given the quantity of aerosol elements in seaside region and in a salt cave, a 3 week long stay at sea should be equivalent to 7 - 10 stays for 45 minute in a salt cave.

Recommended indications suitable for salt cave treatment:

  • all inflammation and also allergic diseases of the upper and lower respiratory tract
  • allergic skin diseases, atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, diseases caused by contact allergy
  • inflammation diseases of the intestines, ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease, stomach and duodenum ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome
  • ischemic heart disease, hypertension, vascular diseases
  • degenerative and inflammatory rheumatism
  • vegetative dystonia
  • neurotic disorders, depressions, chronic fatigue syndrome, stress disorders
  • hypothyroidism

M.D. Dorota Wronska, Laryngologist

Kielce, Poland

From the very beginning of service of the salt cave in the city of Kielce, not only me, but also my clients use these procedures. These procedures are appropriate for the recovery of an inflammation of the nasal cavities, inflammation of the throat and larynx. I especially recommend visiting a salt cave to people with inflammation of the tonsils and long lasting inflammation of the throat, larynx and nasal cavities. Therefore I recommend my young and adult patients to use the procedures offered in salt cave.

Thanks to the fact that the salt cave is located in my city, my patients can use these procedures all year round and don't need to wait for the summer months when they can travel to sea. I work as a laryngologist and I can't imagine treating patients with a more effective method without recovery procedure utilizing the effects of salt, above all for those, who have suffered from diseases of the respiratory tract for a long time.

M.D. Zuzana Lukacova, Dermatoventerologist

Ruzinov, Slovakia

In treatment of some skin diseases, the seaside’s climatic conditions have been used for many years, which help in healing or significantly improving the healthily state of a patient, protection from the inability to work or in returning to workability. Skin diseases, positively affected by climatic conditions are psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, chronic and recidivist dermatitis. A modern, fast lifestyle doesn't always allow us to drive off for seaside climate treatments for long periods of time and therefore the popularity of the salt caves grows. They offer the same therapeutic opportunities, but are close to our homes. Salt caves are a place where the salt is, from which mineral substances and trace elements are released at the right humidity, which create a unique microclimate saturated with important elements.

The specific microclimate of a salt cave has excellent effects not only on some skin diseases but also positively function with other diseases, like allergic diseases, asthma, inflammation of nasal cavities, respiratory tract and lastly causes stress relief and refreshing. For many positive effects I can only advise such a stay in salt cave.

M.D Vladimir Volf PhD. Pediatrician

Praha, Czech Republic

When we say salt, we usually imagine a mineral, which we use in cooking and food preparation. But salt has also other important uses. One of the advantages of this mineral is its healing effects. Treatment of miscellaneous diseases in saline microclimate has been carried out for many years. Method of inhalation of salt diffused in air was utilized already by ancient Greek doctors. Paediatricians recommend stays at sea for children with difficulties with upper and lower respiration tract. Although we don't have a sea in the Czech Republic, we don't need to travel a long way to other countries to the sea in order to take advantage of sea-like climates. Alternatively a stay in salt cave comes into consideration.

Staying in a salt cave is a new, original, effective and cleanly natural method called Halotherapy or Speleotherapy. A salt cave is a unique climate, created by the presence of high amounts of salt which build up in the cave. The air in the cave is saturated with ions which creates a microclimate that has an enormous positive influence for the treatment of a wide spectrum of diseases and remarkably supports the immune system for both young and adult patients. Another significantly positive effect of salt caves is the ability of inhaled salt aerosols to dry up microbial cells of patogenous microorganisms which in turn leave the body in the form of released sputum from the respiratory tract. This effect is identified as a self cleaning process of the organism. Direct consequence of this self cleaning process is the regression of the inflammation with changes not only in the respiratory tract but also in the whole organism. From my praxis, I can acknowledge that staying in a salt cave significantly and positively influences the progression of diseases for child patients with chronic upper and lower respiratory tract diseases (inflammation of pharynx, hay fever, asthma), skin diseases (atopic dermatitis), chronic diseases of digestion tract (Crohn's diseases, stomach ulcers), cardiovascular diseases (hypertension) or functional disorders of thyroid. At the same time, the salt cave microclimate positively affects the stability of the immune system which constitutes very important preventive factors of influenza diseases, which pose an increased hazard these days. We cannot neglect the effect of salt caves on a child patients' psyche, too. After entering the salt cave, one's enchanted by its captivating atmosphere. Salt is everywhere on walls and floor, mild light shines through salt stones on the walls, speakers play relaxing music... A stay in a salt caves cannot be used as a causal treatment for child patients, only as a supplemental treatment. It is necessary to remember, that supplemental treatments have significant effects on the progression and prognosis of a number of diseases. Therefore this treatment should be considered for child patients also with the consideration of its financial requirements in comparison to climatotherapic stay at sea.

Prof. M.D. Jiri Homolka, DrSc.

Prague, Czech Republic

Healing effects of salt have been well-known for centuries and today we return to this source of health. Since 1958, the mine in Wieliczka in Poland has been commonly used in the treatment of asthma, diseases of the upper and lower respiratory tract and allergic diseases. It is also well-known, that for the mentioned diseases and skin diseases a stay at the sea is useful. Some health insurance companies financially support these stays or cover the major part of the expenses (e.g. Seahorse program of General Health Insurance Company in Czech Republic). However, not everyone can afford such a stay more than once in a year. I verified that the condition of patients with asthma and inflammation of the upper and lower respiratory tract improved after 5-10 stays in salt cave similarly like after a stay at the sea. Positive effect lasts for approximately 3 months and in comparison to expenses of four stays at sea, including medication needed to get patients in good fitness, the price for one stay in a cave is negligible. As an expert on lung diseases I cannot certify the influence of salt caves on other types of diseases. source: magazine Nova Tina, issue 43, 26th of August 2005 For asthmatics, visiting a salt cave can replace a curative stay at sea. Salt air attenuates allergic symptoms. It can help people with chronic snuffles, inflammation of nasopharynx or bronchitis. "The cave imitates the environment of natural salt mines or seaside regions where the air is enriched with salts and therefore attenuates inflammation of the upper and lower respiratory tract," Jiri Homolka explains. He suggests that visits must be repeated several times, the cave does not have a one-time effect. source: Hospodarske Noviny, section Zdravie, 1st of August 2005

M.D. Tibor Barta PhD.

Petrzalka, Slovakia

It is suitable to support acute and especially chronic respiratory apparatus disease treatment (e.g. allergic and non-allergic snuffles, chronic and acute inflammation of vocal cords, asthma), including nasal cavity (e.g. nasal septum, nasal conchae), sinuses, pharynx (pharyngeal and palatine tonsils) and larynx (vocal cords surgery) by a so-called climatic treatment. Climatic treatment or climatotherapy belongs to the non-medicament treatment methods, where an organism is subjected to healing effects of a special climate (stay in upland, sea or a cave). Climatic treatment speeds up healing processes. Salt, daily used in cooking and food preparation, also has another use. Various procedures based on salt are carried out either directly in salt-mines or with the help of respiratory devices at rehabilitation and treatment centers. In general, walks by the seaside, especially in the morning and after heavy sea, when the air is ionized are recommended. Although nature didn't endow Slovakia with a sea, beneficial effects of a seaside microclimate are also available here through salt caves. Their atmosphere possesses a rare microclimate with unmatched bacterial cleanliness. Salt is a compound of our organism, thus very important for us. From the point of view of an otolaryngologist (specialist for head and throat diseases), I definitely recommend healing treatments in salt caves, which considerably helps to improve patient's fitness and speeds up the healing of diseases of the nasal cavity, sinuses, pharynx, larynx and thyroid. Moreover, beneficial effects of this microclimate have a positive effect on the healing of other diseases too.

M.D. Slavomira Feix, Allergologist

Germany

Category of atopic diseases of organisms consists of typical skin diseases together with diseases of the respiratory tract. The most important indications of respiratory tract diseases in salt caves are allergologic diseases like hay fever, allergic bronchitis, allergic asthma, but also chronic bronchitis, convalescence of whooping cough (pertussis) and chronic inflammation of sinuses. Speleotherapy is one of the reputable treatment methods for these kinds of diseases, moreover a natural one and as such, reduces the risk of acute state genesis. The ideal temperature, air humidity, high ionization, rich mineral microclimate and low, almost zero-level concentration of allergens allows patients to significantly reinforce their respiratory tract and whole immune system. In acute states, the microclimate can reduce reaction to allergens and minimize medicaments needed. Regular stays at salt caves makes up for seaside air and beneficially affects the befallen respiratory tract.