Experience the healing power of the Duzdagı Physiotherapy Center, a salt mountain located in the Nakhichevan Autonomous Republic of Azerbaijan, where people from all over the world come to breathe deeply and find relief from respiratory diseases.
The Duzdagı Physiotherapy Center is a unique destination, located 350 meters underground in the healing Duzdag salt caves. It is the only place of its kind in the world, and offers a personalized treatment plan for each guest.
“People from 20 countries around the world such as Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Russia, Japan, Germany and the United States come to our hospital for treatment,” explains department director Quliyev Niami. “Those who want to receive treatment in hospital first undergo the necessary tests and examinations.”
The center also offers accommodation in dormitories within the mountain, and accompanying visitors are welcome.
The internal temperature of the grotto, which has natural ventilation, varies between 18-20C regardless of the season. Inside the cave there are no harmful gases such as carbon dioxide, methane and nitrogen.
Proponents of halotherapy (as time in dry salt is known) say it improves respiratory health, strengthens the immune system, improves skin condition and helps relieve stress.
Salt has been extracted from the Duzdagı Physiotherapy Center since the 12th century, but is now imported. It has been operating as a physiotherapy center since 1979.