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The unique conditions of caves can be used for medical purposes. Several studies have shown that caves are ideal for use as ‘natural rehabilitation infirmaries’. Cave therapy is most suitable for and has significant effects on many kinds of geriatric and chronic illness, especially chronic respiratory diseases such as bronchial asthma, chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Such treatment is also effective on child’s asthma. Cave therapy has been practised in many European countries, which have so far established more than 30 cave medical treatment sites (Fig. 17).
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