WHAT IS SALT THERAPY?
For centuries salt has been known to have many benefits to the human condition. The ancient Greeks and Romans used salt for relaxation, rejuvenation, and to heal a variety of skin issues. Doctors from as early as the mid-19th Century recognized the benefits of dry salt for various respiratory disorders, and began instructing patients to visit special salt mines for relief. Much of the modern research on the use of dry salt aerosol has been conducted in Eastern Europe, where its use has gained status as a natural approach to wellness. Today, technology has made it possible for people to get the healing benefits of dry salt without visiting a salt mine.
Salt therapy, also known as halotherapy, is a 100% natural, drug-free, effective therapy for treating a variety of respiratory and skin ailments. Salt therapy rooms recreate the natural microclimate of a salt mine by precisely distributing dry salt aerosol using a state-of-the-art device, called the halogenerator. The halogenerator grinds pharmaceutical grade salt into a nearly invisible aerosol and distributes it into the salt room. A feedback sensor carefully monitors the level of dry salt aerosol and prompts the halogenerator to disperse as needed the prescribed and therapeutic amount of salt aerosol. Clients simply relax and breathe in the salt-enriched air. The salt loosens mucus, which begins to clear quickly, and inflammation is reduced, which makes more room in the airways for you to breathe.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF SALT THERAPY?
Pharmaceutical grade salt has the following natural properties:
- Mucolytic effects: loosens excessive mucus and speeds up mucociliary transport
- Removes pathogen agents (airborne pollen)
- Reduces IgE level (immune system oversensitivity)
Salt therapy can help:
- Reduce the need for inhalers and antibiotics
- Improve lung function
- Alleviate sneezing, coughing, and shortness of breath
- Clear mucus and sticky phlegm from the lungs
- Increase the resistance to respiratory tract diseases
- Strengthen your immune system
- Enhance sport performance for professionals
- Improve general health and quality of life
Salt therapy has been relied upon to provide relief from asthma, allergies, sinusitis and sinus headache, COPD (Stage 3 and lower), cystic fibrosis, exposure to dust and pollution, and other conditions that affect breathing. It also can alleviate symptoms of psoriasis, eczema, dry itchy skin, and acne.
People of most any age are welcome to experience the benefits of salt therapy, but it is advised that you receive the consent of your doctor or a trusted healthcare professional beforehand if you suffer from hyperthyroidism, cancerous diseases, or are currently pregnant.
Salt therapy rooms replicate natural climates, such as those found in salt caves and by the ocean side. This gentle approach to wellness provides numerous benefits, but for some people, dry salt aerosol can cause irritation to the respiratory tract or skin or increased coughing and increased expectoration. Please note, to minimize reactions, all salt room visitors should drink plenty of water before and after a session.
Reactions could include:
- A slight tickling sensation in the throat, which can be remedied by hot water gargles or throat lozenges after the salt-room session.
- A cough at the beginning of the session for visitors who arrive with a mild, dry cough. The cough should subside by the end of the session.
- A salty taste in the mouth, which will go away with a plain-water oral rinse after the session.
- Mild irritation to the eyes. Individuals with eye sensitivity should either keep their eyes closed or wear an eye mask or other protective eye gear during sessions.
- Mild skin irritation has been reported by some individuals with skin disorders (psoriasis, eczema, atopic dermatitis, etc.). In rare cases some salt room visitors may experience rashes, which generally resolve once the salt room visits progress. To achieve best results, salt room visitors with skin conditions should have extended courses with low DSA concentrations. Also, customers with skin disorders are advised to consult their dermatologist, who can recommend or prescribe desensitizing creams or lotions.
- Drainage of the sinuses and/or productive expectoration of the respiratory tract. This is considered beneficial and normal; this is the body’s way of naturally clearing the airways, reducing inflammation and expelling stagnant mucus and irritants, such as allergens and air pollution.
Visitors with severely altered pulmonary function should use salt therapy only with approval from their health care providers. Individuals may experience heavy drainage and expectoration following a session. After sessions, those with severe obstructive pulmonary function may experience labored breathing as a result of increased coughing and prodigious expectoration. These effects are caused by increased mucus secretion and, especially, stagnant mucus moving up from the smaller bronchi that lead to the airways. Physicians may advise these customers to take mucolytics (which thin mucus secretions) and to drink plenty of water. Increased mucus discharge might occur in smokers and people exposed to environmental or occupational pollutants. Such discharge might appear gray or black, especially during the fourth to seventh sessions. By the end of the course, the discharge should be clear and greatly reduced in volume. People with altered bronchial reactivity (asthma, bronchitis, COPD) may experience increased coughing after the first session; coughing should subside by the second or third session.
All clients are firmly advised to leave the salt room if at any time during a session they feel that their condition is worsening.
You should avoid the use of salt therapy if you have any of the following conditions:
- Any form of infectious or contagious diseases, including influenza (“flu”) or other viral infections, such as the common cold, especially if accompanied by fever
- Have or have had tuberculosis
- Cardiac insufficiency
- High blood pressure diseases / hypertension in IIB stage
- Acute stage of respiratory disease
- Chronic obstructive lung diseases with 3rd stage of chronic lung insufficiency
- Acute or severe disease of other systems or organs, unless these individuals have approval from their health care providers
- Exacerbation of chronic bronchial and lung system diseases
- Hemoptysis (coughing up sputum with blood) or those who are risk for it
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