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About Speleo/Halotherapy

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Speleo / Halotherapy introduction
Powerful developments in pharmacology and industrial production of medicines have encouraged the growth of treatment by medication in the world today. Simplicity of application, availability, and rapid effects have given priority to pharmacotherapy. However, together with therapeutic effects, medicines can also cause serious side effects. Many allergic conditions and autoimmune processes are caused by medicines. Furthermore, treatment by medication does not restore the body’s own defense mechanisms. In light of these serious drawbacks, physicians have been turning back to the experience of natural healing factors and carrying out investigations in order to find effective medication-free treatment methods.

Halotherapy (“halos” in Greek means salt) is one of such methods which is used for the treatment of respiratory conditions. Treatment occurs in a controlled air medium that simulates a natural salt cave microclimate. Halotherapy is a natural therapy that takes from Speleotherapy the main healing factor – an environment saturated with dry sodium chloride aerosol.

History of Speleo / Halotherapy
Speleotherapy treatment was discovered in Poland in 1843.
Halotherapy medical technology was developed in Russia in 1989.
Speleotherapy Clinic was established in Toronto in 2001.

Treatment in natural salt caves/mines (speleotherapy) has been known for a long time. The efficacy of speleotherapy is associated with the unique salt caves/mines microclimate. Natural dry sodium chloride aerosol, formed by convective diffusion from salt walls, is the major curative factor of the salt caves/mines microclimate. Other factors, such as a comfortable temperature and humidity regime and the hypo-bacterial and allergen-free air environment saturated with aero ions, enhance the therapeutic effect.
The suggestion that it is the air saturated with saline dust that provides the main curative effect in the speleotherapy of patients with respiratory diseases was first formulated by  Polish physician F.Bochkowsky in 1843. Salt caves/mines are known to be used for therapeutic purposes in many countries, such as Austria (Solzbad-Salzeman), Romania (Praid), Poland (Wieliczka), Azerbaijan (Nakhichevan), Kirgizia (Chon-Tous), the Ukraine: Solotvino, (Carpathians), Artiomovsk (Donietsk region) and Russia, among others.
Speleotherapy has been acknowledged as a highly effective medication-free treatment method. It is assumed that during the treatment, the organism adapts to the specific features of the microclimate and alters all its functional systems. However, adaptation of patients who came from different climate areas, travel and transportation problems, and a limited number of beds impeded widespread adoption of Speleotherapy as a treatment. Halotherapy, using the principles of Speleotherapy, was therefore developed as a way of bringing salt aerosol inhalation therapy to people where they live.

Why Halotherapy?
Salt aerosol inhalation and the use of saline solutions are not new or foreign ideas – doctors have been using saline in mainstream medicine for a long time to help relieve respiratory conditions, sinusitis problems and allergy symptoms. "Inhalation of hypertonic saline produces a sustained acceleration of mucus clearance and improved lung function. This treatment may protect the lungs from insults that reduce mucus clearance and produce lung disease,“ according to the clinical studies published in The New England Journal of Medicine, 2006;354:241-50.

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Therapeutic actions

Halotherapy treatments help to treat all four major factors that cause respiratory symptoms: inflammation, bacterial infections, excessive mucus, spasm (bronchospasm), and hyperreactivity.
In most patients, after the course of Halotherapy, the clinical condition improves and symptoms disappear or significantly ease.

Hypertonic saline aerosol inhalation treatment or Halotherapy is clinically proven:

  • to clear mucus from the airways thus removing airflow obstruction;
  • to enhance the mucociliary clearance mechanism in both asthmatic and healthy subjects;
  • to balance airway-surface liquid;
  • to provide anti-inflammatory and bactericidal effects;
  • to reduce bronchial hyper-responsiveness;
  • to improve lung function;
  • to help clear unwanted inhaled particles from the lungs;
  • as a drug-free treatment for asthma, bronchitis, CF, sinusitis, etc.

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Technology

Our company, Speleotherapy Clinic, utilizes a hospital grade medical technology (microclimate dry saline aerosol chamber), which is used for Halotherapy treatment for people diagnosed with breathing problems.
Halotherapy is very well known in Europe where it has been standard medical practice for over 20 years. Our clinic in Canada has been in operation for 10 years. Nevertheless, this safe and highly effective modality is still new to Canadians.

Halotherapy technology in our clinic is a state-of-the-art science and engineering solution designed to reproduce the atmosphere of the clinics located in salt caves and mines to create an adjustable therapeutic microclimate in compliance with Halotherapy standards. The air is saturated with a natural substance — therapeutic fine-grained aerosol of natural rock salt which is ionized and pure and virtually free of allergens, microorganisms and other pollutants. The therapeutic parameters such as the dry salt aerosol concentration and other healing factors are set by the personnel according to the individual needs of the patient. These parameters are set beforehand and are then controlled by the microprocessor of the salt aerosol generator on the feedback principle.

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