Halotherapy found its origins in the salt mines in Europe and Russia. Working in the mines had numerous health risks, but salt miners rarely suffered from any colds, respiratory ailments, or lung diseases. It was later discovered that chiseling, grinding and hammering salt released micro-sized particles into the air.
Upon studying the effects of this phenomena, Dr. Feliks Boczkowski founded the first underground health facility at the Wieliczka Salt Mine in Poland in 1839. People suffering from asthma, allergies, and emphysema began treatment at the salt mines.
About 25 years ago, a group of medical experts in St. Petersburg found a way to blow salt into an indoor reproduction of salt mines, creating a dry salt microclimate. It was named “Halotherapy” from the original Greek word, “halite”, meaning rock salt.
The years of research and experemimnets has made it possible to create consistent aerosol levels during the course of a 45-minute session. This allows for a correct dosage of pure grade sodium chloride aerosol through a Halogenerator.
A majority of halotherapy studies have been done in Russia, Finland, Italy, and Poland. A 1995 study in the Journal of Aerosol Medicine showed 97 percent improvement in patients diagnosed with chronic bronchitis. The study also found an 85 percent improvement in patients with mild to moderate asthma, making it possible for Halotherapy to be sanctioned by the Russian Ministry of Public.