What is Salt Therapy?
Salt Therapy, or Halotherapy, is a holistic method that reproduces the microclimate naturally found in salt caves by dispensing steady concentrations of dry salt aerosol into a room.
Halotherapy is a natural, safe and drug-free method of relief for respiratory diseases. It can be used as a complementary alternative method along with prescribed medications or entirely by itself. It may increase the effectiveness of prescribed medications, and decrease the amount prescribed.
If you have a sore throat, don’t you gargle with warm salt water? Don’t you use saline for a dry nose?
Salt is naturally an anti-inflammatory substance. It helps reduce inflammation of the respiratory system and strengthens the immune system. It supports the respiratory system by liquefying the mucus for easier discharge.
Salt Therapy originated in the salt caves and mines in Europe. A Polish physician, Felix Boczkovski, discovered the health benefits of the microclimate of natural caves and mines in 1843. This doctor noticed that the miners did not suffer from lung diseases like the miners of other types of caves.
This therapy is popular in Europe and is gaining popularity in the United States. In the 1980s, artificial salt caves were developed by lining walls with salt blocks. The research showed that these rooms did not replicate the healing microclimate of natural salt caves so they studied it more. Scientists realized that the main curative factor is dry salt aerosol 1-5 microns in size in combination with stable humidity and temperature levels. Halogenerators were developed in the early 1990s and disperse dry salt particles into specifically designed rooms that replicate the microclimate of natural salt caves.
How Does It Work?
It is a mode of therapy in a controlled air medium which stimulates a natural salt cave microclimate. The main factor is the dry sodium chloride (salt) aerosol with particles of 1-5 microns in size that are dispersed into the room. These particles penetrate deep into the smallest of airways. When these particles are inhaled, it helps to reduce inflammation in the airways, opens constricted airways and increases the clearance of mucus.
Sodium chloride aerosol causes bactericidal and bacteriostatic effects on the respiratory airways’ microflora and prevents the development of inflammatory processes (Simyonka, 1989, Rein & Mandell, 1973). The intensity of this action depends on the concentration of the aerosol that causes dehydration of microbial cells and the impairment of the structure of the cells killing the microorganisms.
The specificity of this method is the low concentration and gradual administration of dry sodium chloride aerosol. Ideally, the treatment in a salt room/cave, is daily exposure for the duration of 45 minutes to 1 hour to be used as needed for your condition.
Salt consumption during the procedure depends upon the regime chosen and is about 1-9mg. Daily average human salt requirement is 2,000mg.
Salt rooms, naturally create negative ions (like being at the seashore). Negative ions contribute to a feeling of well-being and promotes stress reduction. It has a healing effects and also its resonant vibration that activates our self-healing and self-regulating powers. Salt can bring our bodies back to its original, balanced state.