HISTORY OF SALT THERAPY
Discovery of benefits of salt therapy dates back to the first half of the XIX century. In fact, first salt treatment was offered by a doctor in Poland in 1839. His ideas of the salt treatment were premised upon his observations of salt miners. While the mining job was regarded as generally injurious for one’s health and particularly damaging for one’s respiratory system, he discovered that, surprisingly, in comparison to other types of miners, the salt miners looked younger and had much fewer respiratory problems.(1).This prompted his evaluation of effects of one’s exposure to micro-sized salt particles and, eventually, to the offering of some form of salt therapy. The doctor’s premise of the salt therapy benefits was proven to be correct, and by 1950’s, a German doctor and a Hungarian geologist termed the salt treatment Speleotherapy, which is the name that Halotherapy is known by in Europe.
Further research revealed many additional benefits, such as relief of symptoms for rheumatoid conditions, neurological problems, even depression. Since the XIX century, there have been numerous studies showing that salt therapy treatment stimulates the anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic mechanisms in a human body, thereby slowing down and decreasing the inflammatory processes. (2) As a result, halotherapy treatments are becoming more and more popular as a natural treatment or supplemental treatment. Halotherapy had great traction and enjoyed recognition in Europe for many years; and now Americans are beginning to see the enormous benefits that halotherapy has to offer.
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