Did you know that simple salt can effectively treat respiratory ailments, anxiety, and even cystic fibrosis?
Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, prescribed saltwater inhalation therapy for bronchial and lung disorders. But ironically, in the United States, the very medical institutions where his name is still so revered now reject this time-tested treatment for respiratory ailments. This is unfortunate because as Hippocrates and his colleagues discovered in ancient times, salt is a potent treatment, especially for respiratory health.
“Salt Dust” Comes Out of the Caves and Into the World of Wellness
In ancient Europe, monks had one simple prescription for ailments as varied as allergies, asthma, and skin conditions. They would send their patients to the nearest salt cave. The monks noticed that patients who followed this treatment plan experienced significant improvements.
If there were no caves nearby, the monks would actually grind salt rocks against each other to create a cloud of “salt dust” for their patients to inhale. And the monks weren’t the only ones who thought “salt dust” had curative powers. European salt spas have been in business since the mid-1800s.
How Salt Therapy Works
You spend a relaxing 45 minute session in a zero gravity chair, breathing micronized, pharmaceutical grade salt from a state of the art generator. All you have to do is relax and breathe.
Science hasn’t pinpointed the effects of the ionized energy, and those who have visited salt caves report similar experiences.
To date, few studies have examined salt therapy, but the ones have certainly support users’ reports of its remarkable benefits. Here is a sampling of a few of the best studies to date:
- A 2006 study in the New England Journal of Medicine showed improved lung function in people with cystic fibrosis who inhaled hypertonic saline.
- The European Respiratory Journal published findings in the same year on the successful use of aerosolized salt for alleviating smoking-related symptoms such as coughing and mucus production.
- Over a 10-year period, more than 4,000 patients in a Hungarian study were treated with salt therapy. The majority reported improvements and long-lasting benefits.
Breathe Easier with Salt Therapy
Currently, there are just a few active salt caves operating in the United States. They are more common in Europe and Canada in part because insurance companies in those nations cover the treatment.