History and Background of Halotherapy

History and Background of Halotherapy

The therapeutic usage of salt caves began at the Wieliczka Salt Mine in Poland in 1843. A local physician began observing that the miners working underground had drastically reduced levels of respiratory ailments and other illnesses. Dr. Boczkowski thus pioneered the research into the effects of Salt and Iodine Inhalation; ultimately concluding the therapeutic benefits on the entire human body.

With this discovery, the Wieliczka Salt Mine began offering treatments to the public. Thus, the world’s first underground health rehabilitation and treatment centre was established in 1964. Poland’s Ministry of Health recognizes this unique facility for its pulmonary rehabilitation program.

Dr. Boczkowski’s research has developed over the past 175 years into what we now call Halotherapy: a form of alternative medicine that makes use of salt.