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Where are those?  They are spectacular.


I was just reading yesterday about a spa service here that offers time in a salt cave, supposedly with healing properties.  Are there any indications that these caves do the same?

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The last few are Salina Turda in Transylvania  . The strange architecture is because  everything has to be made of spruce wood or it will corrode or decompose .


They have a salt 'sand pit' for the kids to encourage them being immersed in it , supposedly its healthy .    I doubt many bugs could live down there , maybe the air purges your lungs of any unknown inhabitants ?  But then again, other conditions may be irritated by the salt particles ; 



Modern dry salt therapy can be traced back to the mid-1800s, when a physician in Poland observed that miners who worked in salt caves didn’t get the lung diseases common in other miners. Later, during World War II, a German physician found that people who hid in salt mines that were used as bomb shelters curiously had improvements in respiratory conditions. According to a Senior Scientific Advisor to the American Lung Association, perhaps the inhaled salt could have some benefit by thinning mucus in the airway making it easier to cough up. Among some other ideas is that the salt reduces inflammation and kills microbes in the lungs, thereby reducing the risk of infections. Also, salt rooms aren’t likely to contain allergy-provoking substances, so sitting in one may at least temporarily relieve symptoms in some people.



A review paper published in 2014 looked at the effect of salt therapy on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Of the 151 articles gathered, only four were of high enough quality to be evaluated, and of them, only one was a randomized controlled trial. The researchers concluded that there wasn’t enough good evidence to recommend salt therapy for COPD. And a 2014 study from Iran found no pulmonary benefits from halotherapy in patients with a chronic inflammatory condition of the bronchi."




  • In a 2007 studyTrusted Source, people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) had fewer symptoms and improved quality of life after halotherapy. Still, the Lung Institute doesn’t recommend it because medical guidelines haven’t been established.
  • According to a 2014 review, most studies on halotherapy for COPD are flawed.
  • According to a 2013 studyTrusted Source, halotherapy didn’t improve the outcome of lung function tests or quality of life in people with non-cystic fibrosis bronchiectasis. This is a condition that makes it hard to clear mucus from the lungs.
  • Halotherapy triggers anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic responses in people with bronchial asthma or chronic bronchitis, according to 2014 researchTrusted Source.

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