Speleotherapy and asthma, allergy and other respiratory diseases

Written by LTiba

Speleotherapy or underground climatotherapy is an alternative or complementary method of therapy for asthma and other respiratory diseases that is used in Eastern and Central Europe for many, many years.

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Although not known in North America, salt therapy is an old and very popular method of therapy inrepparttar 140692 Balkans, Europe. There are many salt sanatoriums inrepparttar 140693 heart ofrepparttar 140694 salt mountain and doctors are involved in clinical researches, in some countriesrepparttar 140695 treatment being covered byrepparttar 140696 health minister.

An old study describes a speleotherapy course which was 4 hours a day for 6-8 weeks, with 100 COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) and asthma patients and reported improvement which lasted 6 months to 7 years (Skulimowski, 1965). Similar studies are published in Pub Med (MEDLINE) from Poland, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, and Russia.

Recent clinical study at Pulmonary Clinic, Ambulatory Section, Timisoara, Romania, on a lot of 30 patients (19 Asthma, 11 Chronic Bronchitis) revealed that use of a speleotherapy device (also called Halotherapy device) for a time period of one year significantly reducedrepparttar 140697 sore throat, nasal obstruction, snoring, cough, sputum secretion, associated rhinitis, annual hospitalization andrepparttar 140698 symptomatic medication intake. Also have shown significant improvement of sputum elimination, olfactory sense recovery (smell, taste), sleep at night, morning condition and clinical state.

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