Speleotherapy or underground climatotherapy is an alternative treatment for asthma used in Eastern Europe10. It involves spending 2-3 hours a day underground in subterranean caves or salt mines over a 2-3 month period. This rather old therapeutic modality without a scientific explanation seems to give some benefit to patients with COAD and asthma.
10. Karakoca Y, Demir G, Kisacik G et al. Speleotherapy in asthma and allergic diseases. Clin Exp Allergy 1995;25:666-667.
Ukrainian allergologic hospital (UAH) - is the greatest in the world speleotherapeutic clinic, where for more than 30 years is successfully applied the unique microclimate of salt mines in treatment and rehabilitation of patients with all forms bronchial asthma and other chronic nonspecific lung diseases (CNLD).
During this period about 60000 patients were cured with high efficiency. The hospital is designed for simultaneous reception of 260 persons. Annually more than 2000 adults and 1000 children improve their health in the clinic. UAH is located in the foothill zone of Ukrainian Carpathians in the valley of the river Tisa with soft climatic conditions.
To umprove patients' health three basic medical factors are applied: Specific microclimate of salt mines, water of salt workings, brine and mud of salty lake (with high content of bromine ions). The original complex of medical factors on the base of UAH allows to provide health improvement not only for patients with CNLD, but also for patients with psoriasis, neurodermitis, allergic dermatitis, conditions after burns, patients with disfunctions of nervous system, diseases of sexual sphere and organs of support and motion.
UAH has a department of speleotherapy (underground treatment); a surface complex, which includes 3 therapeutic departments for the adults, pediatric department, wards of intensive therapy and reanimation, X-ray, stomatological and allergological consulting rooms, ORL-room, laboratory-diagnostic department, department of physiotherapeutic treatment with a cabinet for acupuncture, halls for medical physical training and consulting room for functional diagnostics. Besides at UAH there is a comfortable zone of rest on salty lakes.
Such structure of UAH allows ensuring a complex individual approach to diagnostics, treatment and rehabilitation of each patient.
During the initial period (after arrival to the clinic) every patient undergo diagnostics to reveal peculiarities of the phase, duration, severity of the disease and associated pathology. After that the patient is offered a complex of medical measures according to his individual features, directed on the achievement of maximal effect and duration of remission.
To increase the effect of speleotherapy in UAH is widely used various nature-therapeutic methods for health improvement - thermal- and electro-treatment, inhalation and drinking phytotherapy, various forms of massage, laser-therapy, aromotherapy, traditional Chinese medicine, medical physical culture. Qualified personnel with application of modern methods of treatment and rehabilitation allow carrying out the whole process of treatment on high level.
The experience of UAH confirms, that speleotherapy is one of the simple and highly effective methods of non-medical treatment and rehabilitation of patients with various chronic nonspecific lung diseases
- Negative Ions clean the air of:
- Pollen (grass, weed and tree pollen)
- Dust mites
- Animal dander
- Mold spores
- Hay fever
- Air purifying and freshening
- Odor reduction
- Smoke elimination
- Seasonal affective disorder
- Chronic fatigue