Pink or white salt treatments

Three million years ago, modern Soligorsk (in the Minsk Region) was covered in water: home to fish, mollusks and merostomes
Three million years ago, modern Soligorsk (in the Minsk Region) was covered in water: home to fish, mollusks and merostomes.

As the continents shifted, where ferns had grown, the land became submerged and, in other places, the seabed pushed to the surface.


In the salt hospital in Soligorsk

As water evaporated, salts crystallized into layers within rock and, so many years later, we began to mine them. It was noted that such miners rarely suffered from respiratory diseases, spending time underground, at an average temperature of 16 degrees, and in optimal humidity, breathing light ions and microscopic particles produced by potassium salts.  The latter are now known to stimulate the respiratory organs, helping those suffering from bronchial asthma, bronchitis and pollinosis.

Hospitals offering salt treatments operate in Ukraine, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan and the Urals but, like facilities in Euro­pe and Asia, lack individual chambers, to allow patients to avoid breathing their neighbours’ harmful microbes.

In Soligorsk, the walls, ceiling and floor of each chamber comprise two types of salt: white stone and pink potassium. Doctors allocate patients to particular chambers depending on their condition.

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