Salt is essential for life! It helps us maintain electrolytes and fluid balance (that is, it regulates water content). Salt also assists in muscle and nerve function. Sure, we hear a lot about how too much salt in your diet can raise blood pressure and may increase the risk of cardiovascular disease and strokes (that’s a blog for another day). But we often overlook the fact that salt has been recognized, and used, for centuries to relieve and cure a host of human ailments.
More than 2000 years ago the ancient Greeks and Romans topically used salt to treat ulcers, skin lesions and other skin diseases. They drank salted or mineralized water for digestive issues. And they inhaled steam from salted water for relief from respiratory diseases. Breathing dry salt for respiratory health isn’t quite as historic as the healing methods promoted by Hippocrates, but its healing effects are no less dramatic.
In the mid-1800s, a Polish doctor documented that salt mine workers didn’t suffer from the respiratory problems experienced by the rest of the local population. Soon doctors began instructing their patients to visit subterranean salt mines for relief from their respiratory ailments. It wasn’t until the 1980s that the technology was developed to replicate the healing microclimate of a salt mine. With it the concept of modern Salt Therapy was born. Today, those suffering from respiratory ailments can experience the benefits of breathing salt air by relaxing in a room specially designed to deliver the optimal concentration of aerosolized dry salt.
What is Salt Therapy?
Salt Therapy, also known as Halotherapy, is a 100% natural and drug free, complementary therapy. It is proven to be effective in relieving the symptoms of a variety of respiratory and skin ailments. Whether you are suffering from symptoms of asthma, allergies, sinusitis, bronchitis, emphysema, persistent cough, or even cystic fibrosis, Salt Therapy can help you breathe easier and enjoy life more fully.
Salt therapy rooms recreate the natural microclimate of a salt mine by using a state-of-the-art device, called the halo-generator. The halo-generator grinds pharmaceutical grade salt into a nearly invisible aerosol (1 to 5 micrometers in size) and distributes it into the treatment room. A feedback sensor carefully monitors the level of salt and prompts the halo-generator to disperse a prescribed and therapeutic amount. Clients simply relax and breathe in the salt-enriched air. The salt loosens the mucus, which begins to clear quickly. Inflammation also is reduced, which makes more room in the airways for you to breathe. The salt enriched room also creates a negative ion environment, which contributes to wellbeing and promotes stress reduction.
How Salt Therapy works
The natural properties of salt make it an exceptional healing product. Salt is antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. And it aids in removing pathogen agents (airborne pollen) and reducing IgE level (immune system oversensitivity). Salt also has mucolytic properties that help loosen mucus and speed up mucociliary transport. Basically, salt acts like an expectorant, accelerating mucus clearance and improving lung function while killing harmful bacteria and soothing the respiratory system.
Salt Therapy not only clears mucus and sticky phlegm, but also alleviates sneezing, coughing, and shortness of breath. Salt Therapy also reduces the need for inhalers and antibiotics and the number of hospital admissions. The therapy also can prolongs remission times, increases the resistance to respiratory tract diseases, and strengthens the immune system. Even if you are healthy, Salt Therapy can improve lung function, enhance sport performance for athletes of all ages, and improve general health and quality of life.
Whatever the condition, Salt Therapy can provide relief and have you breathing in all that life has to offer.
If you would like to learn more about Salt Therapy, visit us on the web at RespiraVita.com, or give us a call at 704-628-5788. We are happy to discuss the many benefits of Salt Therapy and book a session for you!
Disclaimer: Salt Therapy is a complementary and drug-free approach that offers adjunct support in relieving respiratory and skin conditions. People of all ages can use Salt Therapy without side effects. Salt Therapy is neither a medical treatment nor a replacement for medical care, but offers support in addition to a physician’s recommendations for skin and respiratory care. If you have allergies, asthma, dermatological or other medical conditions, you should always consult a trusted healthcare provider. Never stop taking medication without consulting your healthcare provider.