The Solarium in Jamnagar
Till date we have been able fight back many diseases. Thanks to Mother Nature!
She has provided us with all sorts of means that have been playing lead roles in treating many ailments in many ways. One of them is sunlight that is stored in Solarium, the name given to a room that is built largely of glass to capture and store the energy.
The Solarium: The Inception
Treatments Provided in The Solarium
The Solarium contains a revolving tower built entirely of glass. The tower revolved a full 360 degrees capturing the rays of the sun during the day. The solar energy thus harnessed was used to treat ailments primarily skin diseases, rheumatism and tuberculosis. Popularly known as the Ranjit Institute of Poly-Radio Therapy the solarium to this day remains the only surviving medical facility in the world to use solar energy for medical applications. The glass tower was made of special quality of Belgian glass designed to keep harmful rays at bay hereby harnessing the positive power of solar energy to its fullest potential. Depending on the kind of ailment, patients were exposed to the sum rays at different times of the day repeatedly over a specified duration of time.
Designed mostly for the poor subjects, treatment costs were minimal despite the facility and treatment methods being a rare one. Apart from patients, facilities around the center were built to ensure that family members of patients could stay with them during the period of treatment.
Procedure of the Treatment Provided in the Solarium
The facility was hugely popular in India and abroad particularly due to its effective yet unorthodox treatment methods. However with the advancement in medical science and the unavailability of concentrator glasses, the use of the solarium was eventually discontinued. The last solar therapy took place in 1996 and the place today is no longer a functional facility. Nevertheless it attracts huge numbers of tourists to the city who are given a tour of the facility. Recently however, there have been talks of re-opening the facility once again.
Jamnagar, Gujarat 361008