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Speleotherapy in Solotvyno Salt Mine

Speleotherapy in Solotvyno Salt Mine

Speleotherapy in Solotvyno Salt Mine in Karpaty region of Ukraine

Speleotherapy in Solotvyno Salt Mine. Speleotherapy has been used for many years as an effective treatment for patients with breathing problems in this Solotvyno Salt Mine in Ukraine. It is one of the most unusual hospitals on Earth, exactly under it – hundreds of meters below the surface. These photographs were taken by Kirill Kuletski, known Russian photographer. For decades, Salt Mine tunnels have hosted patients with various bronchial blockages, asthma and breathing problems are sent to the Solotvyno allergological hospital to suck up the curative air. Kuletski describes the atmosphere among patients as “calm and relaxed” despite the “appallingly unsafe conditions.”

Speleotherapy in Solotvyno Salt Mine in Ukraine

Patients go through successful speleotherapy in the Salt Mine tunnel

“The presence of kids wearing safety helmets and cheap plastic sheets to protect them from dripping water from the ceiling makes being there even more surreal,” says Kuletski.

Speleotherapy in Salt Mine

Inside the speleotherapy hospital. Solotvyno Salt Mine located in Karpaty in Ukraine

Doctors at the Solotvyno allergological hospital say airborne salts have the capacity to dissolve stubborn phlegm and kill off microorganisms known to cause infection, but experts in other regions of the world aren’t convinced of the benefits.

Speleotherapy in Solotvyno Salt Mine in Ukraine

The canteen in Solotvyno Salt Mine. The patients wish alongside with the effective treatment would be more comfort, in accordance to world standards of heath resorts

About 300 meters below ground, Shaft No. 9 of the Solotyvno Salt Mine is the deepest in the world used for speleotherapy, and it transports over 5,000 patients each year. At any given time, 200 people will be recuperating in the saline grottoes, staying for afternoon or overnight sessions. Patients, a third of whom are children, usually return for 24 consecutive days.

Speleotherapy in Solotvyno Salt Mine

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