The term “subterraneotherapy” comes from the word “subterraneous” meaning “being or operating under the surface of the Earth”. From a medical point of view subterraneotherapy means exposing patients to the therapeutic benefits of the unique microclimate occurring within natural underground rock salt chambers.
The Wieliczka Salt Mine located in the south part of Poland – 10 miles away from Krakow (Cracow) has been most famously known from its magnificent tourist route attracting over 1.2 million visitors every year.
What most people might not be aware of is that the Wieliczka Salt Mine is also the home for the Underground Treatment and Rehabilitation Centre where 443 feet below the surface of the Earth people from all over the world suffering from respiratory system diseases restore their health and well-being through unique subterraneotherapy treatment as well as active respiratory care and rehabilitation programme taking place within natural underground rock salt chambers of the Wieliczka Salt Mine.
Do you suffer from asthma, COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) or allergy related airways disorders such as: chronic hay fever, nasal or sinus symptoms, wheezing or chronic cough?
If so, then subterraneotherapy might be an answer!
In 1958 it had been discovered that human respiratory system responded very well to the unique microclimate occurring within the underground rock salt chambers of the Wieliczka Salt Mine. Further medical research only confirmed its beneficial and therapeutic impact on the respiratory system, and therefore, 6 years later first underground respiratory treatment centre had been officially opened at the Wieliczka Salt Mine.
Since then the Centre has been continuously and successfully carrying out active underground respiratory care and rehabilitation programme using subterraneotherapy.
So what is so unique about the microclimate occurring in the presence of natural rock salt deposits lying deeply beneath the surface of the Earth that cures respiratory system disorders?
First of all it is rich in microelements essential for treating respiratory system illnesses such as: sodium chloride (NaCl), magnesium (Mg), manganese (Mn) and selenium (Se). It is also free from pollutants and allergens occurring above the surface of the Earth, and therefore, subterraneotherapy gives the immune system a chance to catch up so afterwards when it comes to dealing with polluted and full of allergens contemporary environment, the body is fully prepared to do so.
Other therapeutic benefits of the mine's unique microclimate involve absolute bacteriological purity, stable air temperature (10-12˚C) and high air humidity (80%).
If your lifestyle has been affected by respiratory system diseases two weeks stay in an absolute pure air saturated with therapeutic microelements cannot be compared with anything else available above the surface of the Earth.
Patients with respiratory system problems inside the underground rock salt chamber of the Wieliczka Salt Mine taking part in breathing exercises as a part of their "inside the mine" rehabilitation programme
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