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Asthma Cure and Speleotherapy

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"Speleotherapy or underground climatotherapy is an alternative treatment for asthma used in Eastern Europe10. Curing asthma involves spending 2-3 hours a day underground in subterranean caves or salt mines over a 2-3 month period. This rather old therapeutic modality without a scientific explanation seems to give some benefit to patients with COAD and asthma." - 0. Karakoca Y, Demir G, Kisacik G et al. Speleotherapy in asthma and allergic diseases. Clin Exp Allergy 1995;25:666-667.

Although not known to be practiced in the U.S., speleotherapy, a process that involves using the health enhancing effect of salt mines or caves to cure asthma, is an old and yet popular alternative therapy that is still used in some regions of Central Europe, the Balkans, and in Turkey (Karakoca, Demir, Kisackik, Kalyoncu & Findik, 1995). One study describes a course of therapy which was 4 hours a day for 6-8 weeks, the 100 COPD and asthma patients reported improvement which lasted 6 months to 7 years (Skulimowski, 1965). Similar studies were published from Poland, Hungary and Czechoslovakia with cure rate of around 20% for asthma (Bichonski & Skumlowski, 1971; Kessler, Morik, Morlin & Varkonyi, 1969; Paskova, Kolesar & Siposova, 1976). Despite several published articles reporting a decrease in the symptoms of asthma and allergies, the investigations lack the scientific rigor necessary for many government and private organizations.

So that you may make your own informed decisions about your own heath, here is information about one Speleotherapy clinic in Ukraine.



Ukrainian Allergologic Hospital

The Ukrainian allergologic hospital (UAH) is a world renowned speleotherapeutic clinic. UAH is located in the temperate climate of the foothills of the Ukrainian Carpathian mountains in the valley of the river Tisa. There, patients, with all forms bronchial asthma and other chronic nonspecific lung diseases (CNLD), have been treated successfully in the unique microclimate of salt mines for more than 30 years.

During this period about 60000 patients are reported to have been cured. Annually more than 2000 adults and 1000 children attend the clinic. The hospital is designed for simultaneous treatment of 260 people.


Three basic treatments are offered by UAH. Underground treatment that entails emersion in the unique and healthy microclimate deep in the salt mines, exposure to and emersion in the water from the salt mine works, and the application of high bromine ion containing brine and mud from a salt lake. This unique series of medical treatments offered by UAH offers relief to patients with many types of conditions. UAH treats patients with CNLD, psoriasis, neurodermitis, allergic dermatitis, post burn conditions, nervous system disfunction, sex disorders and patients interested in improvement of their general health through natural means.


UAH has an extensive facility that allows it to provide a broad range of treatments. There is the underground treatment facility (speleotherapy), a surface complex, which includes 3 therapeutic departments for the adults, a pediatric department, wards for intensive therapy and reanimation, X-ray, stomatological and allergological consulting rooms, an ORL-room, laboratory-diagnostic department, department of physiotherapeutic treatment with a cabinet for acupuncture, halls for medical physical training and consulting rooms for functional diagnostics.

Also UAH there is a comfortable area where people may rest while bathing in salt lakes.

Such structure of UAH allows ensuring a complex individual approach to diagnostics, treatment and rehabilitation of each patient.


During the initial period at the clinic every patient undergoes diagnostic testing determine the his actual condition, the time the patient has had the condition, severity of the condition and associated pathology. After that the patient is offered an assortment of medical treatments tailored to his condition and that are intended to achieve maximum results and to prolong the time that the condition is put into remission.

To increase the effect of speleotherapy, UAH widely uses various other natural therapeutic methods for health improvement such as thermal and electro treatment, inhalation and drink phytotherapy, various forms of massage, laser-therapy, aromotherapy, traditional Chinese medicine and physical conditioning. Qualified personnel apply modern treatment methods at high levels of standard.

UAH, based on its experience with many patients, confirms that speleotherapy is one of the simplest and a highly effective methods for non-medical treatment and rehabilitation of patients with various chronic nonspecific lung diseases.


Ionizing machines emit negative electric charges into the air, and this supposedly causes airborne allergens to cluster and fall to the ground. These machines have been claimed to help hay fever and asthma sufferers by decreasing the allergen load on the nasal mucosa and lungs.

Speleotherapy is carried out in salt mines where there are large concentrations of healthy ions. These are the same ions that are given off by salt lamps.

Many people, who can't go to the salt mines, use salt crystal lamps to create those ions. They buy salt crystal lamps made from the same salt mines used the speleotherapic clinics. These lamps are reported to provide relief the same was people are relieved at the salt mines.

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