Heliotherapy's Roots

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When was heliotherapy first used?

Heliotherapy's Roots

Exposure to sunlight has long been a cure for what ails you. There are examples of the use of heliotherapy throughout literature and art. However, the first documented uses of heliotherapy are from the mid1800s. Then, various doctors throughout Europe were prescribing heliotherapy as a treatment for everything from tuberculosis to dermatitis.

Today, doctors use heliotherapy, or sunlight therapy. Doctors prescribe it to treat conditions such as Seasonal Affective Disorder and some dermatological conditions such as psoriasis. Doctors recommend getting more sunlight or make use of tanning beds to take care of ailments.



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