Halotherapy Research | Lee’s Summit, MO

The staff at Kansas City Salt Mine are experts in the field of halotherapy research, and are happy to share the information with their clients. The study of salt caves and their therapeutic properties goes back several decades. We proudly serve clients throughout Lee’s Summit and the surrounding areas of Kansas City, and invite you to contact us with any questions you might have about halotherapy or the services we offer.

The History of Halotherapy

In 1843, a Polish doctor, F. Botchkovsky was the first to discover that the environment inside salt mines had a therapeutic effect on respiratory diseases. Many salt mines in Eastern Europe were used as medical resorts for patients with lung diseases. Speleotherapy/Halotherapy, as it came to be known, became a conventional, effective, and drug free method of treatment for respiratory illness in Eastern Europe and Russia. In the 1980’s, artificial salt caves were developed by lining rooms with salt bricks or blocks. Research carried out in these rooms did not replicate the curative atmosphere of the salt mines or caves. Scientists came to the conclusion that the main therapeutic factor of the salt cave micro climate was dry aerosol of salt in combination with stable humidity and air temperature.

In the 1980’s, Russian Pulmonary Physician Prof. Dr. Alina Chervinskaya began studying the therapeutic properties of natural salt caves and mines. Her findings were that the most beneficial and therapeutic factor was a low concentration of dry salt aerosol 1-5 microns in size that saturates the air in natural salt mines. The small size of dry salt particles make it possible to penetrate deep into the smallest parts of the lungs.

After understanding the therapeutic microclimate of natural salt caves/salt mines, attempts were made to replicate this particular climate. After trying different methods, Scientists concluded that only the use of a dry salt Halogenerator can truly re-create the healing and therapeutic climate of underground salt mines. Halogenerators were developed in the early 1990’s.

Medical Research of Halotherapy (Salt Therapy)

Halotherapy has been well researched in Russia and Eastern Europe. Most of the research has been conducted by Prof. Alina Chervinskaya, M.D., Ph.D., Head of Clinical-Research Respiratory Center, Scientific and Clinical Center of Preventive and Rehabilitation Pulmonology of Sokolov (St. Petersburg, Russia) is the founder of Halotherapy. She works in the field of pulmonology and rehabilitation medicine and has published more than two hundred studies, documenting the benefits and research of Haolotherapy (dry salt therapy) for more than 25 years. Many more are available from other health professionals. Recently, the New England Journal of Medicine published an article on the efficacy of saline salt therapy in cystic fybrosis. They found that long term saline salt treatment had a positive impact on lung function and reduced pulmonary exacerbation’s, they found no negative side effects associated with the therapy.

Kansas City Salt Mine has chosen to provide this most effective, safe and researched method of halotherapy. Halotherapy has been developed by scientists and doctors, and the information on this site is taken from the sources that you can access through the links below.

For more information and research, click on the links below.

Medical Studies

Prof. Alina V. Chervinskaya, MD, Ph. D – Chervinskaya.com

Halotherapy for treatment of respiratory diseases – by Prof Alina Chervinskaya (Read More)

Halotherapy of respiratory diseases – by Prof Alina Chervinskaya (Read More)

Prospects of halotherapy in sanatorium – spa- dermatology and cosmetology – by Prof Alina Chervinskaya (Read More)

Effect of dry sodium chloride aerosol on the respiratory tract of tobacco smokersby A. V. Chervinskaya (Read More)