Salt therapy is also known as Halotherapy, which derives from the Greek word for salt. It dates back to the Greek and Roman times when it is believed that they bathed in salt water to cure a host of ailments. In addition, Catholic monks in medieval Europe are thought to have brought unwell people into salt caves. They crushed the salt with their feet to release it into the air to help with respiratory conditions.
In 1840, Polish doctor Dr Feliks Boczkowski really uncovered the benefits.
He was treating miners and noticed that whilst coal miners were suffering with breathing problems, salt miners had no such problems. He published his findings and it is his theory which forms the basis of salt therapy today.
Put simply, it is the inhalation of air infused with salt which is carried out in a humidity-free salt lounge. A halogenerator grinds salt into microscopic particles and releases them into the air of the salt lounge which are then inhaled. This helps to absorb germs, irritants, allergens and toxins leaving airways clearer and helping you to breathe easier.
Respiratory problems often occur due to mucus causing inflammation and narrowing of the airways, which makes it difficult to breathe. The treatment dehydrates the mucus so it can be dislodged and removed leaving the person the ability to breathe clearly and deeply.
Salt therapy helps damaged skin from the outside by dehydrating the skin to tighten a wound and smooth the skin. It also increases the oxygen in the circulatory system to help heal from inside too. Salt therapy also absorbs impurities, oil and bacteria from the skin leaving you with a healthy and glowing complexion.
The negative ions in salt are also thought to promote better sleep and reduce stress levels.
Salt therapy is recognised as a safe and effective practice for both preventative and restorative care for a range of ailments and conditions. However, salt therapy is not a medical treatment and should not be used to replace anything prescribed by your doctor. We suggest consulting your doctor before having salt therapy, especially if you have a serious medical concern or condition.
Contraindications: Halotherapy is recognized as safe and effective wellness practice for preventive and restorative health care. It is not a medical treatment and does not offer cure! Halotherapy is not recommended for people with contagious diseases, fever, open wounds, cancer, severe hypertension and active tuberculosis. Pregnant women should consult with their doctor before using Halotherapy. Anyone with serious health concerns need to seek proper medical advice and care.
- The use of Halotherapy for the rehabilitation of patients with acute bronchitis and a protracted and recurrent course. (Borisenko LV, Chervinskaia AV, Stepanova NG, Luk’ian VS, Goncharova VA, Pokhodzeĭ IV, Krivitskaia VZ, Vishniakova LA, Pokhaznikova MA, Faustova ME,) 1995 Russia http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7785211
- The use of an artificial microclimate chamber in the treatment of patients with chronic obstructive lung diseases (Chernenkov RA, Chernenkova EA, Zhukov GV.) 1997 Russia
- Halotherapy in the combined treatment of chronic bronchitis patients (Maev EZ, Vinogradov NV.) 1999 Russia
- The scientific validation and outlook for the practical use of halo-aerosol therapy (Chervinskaia AV.) 2000 Russia
- Halotherapy for treatment of respiratory diseases. (Chervinskaya AV1, Zilber NA). 2000 Russia
- Effectiveness of Halotherapy of chronic bronchitis patients (Abdrakhmanova LM, Farkhutdinov UR, Farkhutdinov RR.) 2000 Russia
- Effects of Halotherapy on free radical oxidation in patients with chronic bronchitis (Farkhutdinov UR, Abdrakhmanova LM, Farkhutdinov RR.) 2000 Russia
- Efficacy of therapeutic use of ultrasound and sinusoidal modulated currents combed with Halotherapy in patient with occupational toxic-dust bronchitis (Roslaia NA, Likhacheva EI, Shchekoldin PI) 2001 Russia
- The effect of salt chamber treatment on bronchial hyperresponsiveness in asthmatics. (Hedman J1, Hugg T, Sandell J, Haahtela T.) 2006 Finland
- The use of Halotherapy for the health improvement in children at institutions of general education (Khan MA, Chervinskaia AV, Mikitchenko NA) 2012 Russia
- Double-blind placebo-controlled randomized clinical trial on the efficacy of Aerosal in the treatment of sub-obstructive adenotonsillar hypertrophy and related diseases. (Gelardi M1, Iannuzzi L, Greco Miani A, Cazzaniga S, Naldi L, De Luca C, Quaranta N) 2013 Italy
- Salt caves as simulation of natural environment and significance of Halotherapy. (Zajac J1, Bojar I2, Helbin J1, Kolarzyk E1, Owoc A3) 2014 Poland
- A review of halotherapy for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (International Journal of COPD, Rachael Rashleigh Sheree MS Smith, and Nicola J Roberts) 2014
- Halotherapy in the combined treatment of chronic bronchitis patients
- The Therapy with Sodium Chloride Dry Aerosols. (B. Opriţa, C. Pandrea, B. Dinu, B. Aignătoaie) 2010 Romania
- Halotherapy in Controlled Salt Chamber Microclimate for Recovering Medicine (Chervinskaya Alina V.) 2007
- Download: Halotherapy History and Experience of Clinical Application
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