Lietzenburger Str. 54, 10719 Berlin
(Nähe Ku'damm)
Parkhaus (Ecke Meinekestr.)

Mo, Mi 10-18 Uhr
Fr 14-18 Uhr

History of Saltrooms

The use of medication-free treatment is significant in pulmonology. These methods are physiological, have an extensive effect spectrum, enable medication consumption to be reduced and increase the possibilities of preventive treatment and rehabilitation.

Halo therapy has its role to play among others. The basis of creating this treatment method was speleotherapy, meaning treatment under conditions identical to the climatic conditions in a salt mine. In Greek, "halos" means salt, thus halo therapy is "treatment with salt." In ancient times monks brought their patients to salt mines and refined stalagmites to enable their patients to breathe salty air. In the middle of the 19th century, a Polish industrial therapist noticed that people who worked in salt mines did not fall ill with lung diseases. In 1843, he published a book about the effect of salt dust. His successor, Mstislav Poljakowski, established a salt clinic in Velicko, near Krakow, which is still in operation today.

During the Second World War, a salt mine was used as a shelter against bombs for several months. After exiting the mine several people felt that their asthma had been relieved.

In Germany, Switzerland, Hungary, Bulgaria and Yugoslavia natural Karst caves have been used as treatment facilities, as negative Ca- and Mg- ions also have positive influences on human health.

In the former Soviet Union salt therapy started in 1968 in the Trans-Carpathians at Solotvino village, in an allergic-profile hospital, established on the basis of mine no. 8. The therapeutic effect was confirmed by various biochemical, immunological and microbiological studies. Salt therapy has given 6 months to 5 years of remission to most of the patients.

Halo therapy as a treatment method has been applied since the mid-80s. Special rooms - halo rooms - are built for that purpose. Apart from salt therapy, in which the curative effect is reached through a complex of natural factors, halo therapy is aerosol. The main curative factor is the aero-dispersal environment, saturated with dry sodium chloride aerosol in a concentration of 0,5 - 12 mg/m3 , size of particles 2-5 µm. Currently treatment equipment enables different treatment regimes to be used for different diseases.

In addition to a halo room it is also possible to use an individual halo inhaler, inhaling dry air saturated with sodium chloride through a mask covering one's mouth and nose. This inhaler is convenient to use at home or at a treatment institution for short-term and operative treatment courses, especially for patients with LOR pathology.

There are 2 type of salt rooms:

* stationary and
* mobile salt rooms