An estimated 40 to 60 million Americans suffer each year from hay fever or seasonal allergies. People typically experience symptoms after breathing in an allergy-causing substance, such as dust, pollen, mold spores or pet dander. Pollen from trees, blooming flowers, freshly cut grass and weeds are the most common allergens occurring in the spring and summer. In the fall, ragweed and mold-spores are the most common culprit for seasonal allergies.
Known medically as allergic rhinitis, seasonal allergies include symptoms such as sneezing, stuffy or runny nose due to blockage or congestion, puffy and swollen eyes, itchy and watery eyes, itchy mouth or throat and coughing. Sensitivities and reactions will vary from person to person, but can range from mildly irritating and uncomfortable to debilitating and negatively affecting daily activities.
Although medications that can be used to treat the symptoms of seasonal allergies, they may come with unwanted side effects, such as drowsiness or interactions with other medications. Those wanting a more “natural” approach to seasonal allergy relief should look to salt therapy for its healing benefits.
Salt therapy, also known as Halotherapy, is an all-natural, safe and drug-free remedy for allergies and many other respiratory ailments. Salt is naturally antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and aids in loosening excessive mucus. These properties make it a gentle and effective solution to all major processes acting in the lungs with seasonal allergies: swelling, inflammation, excessive mucus and infection.
Salt therapy creates a salt-enriched environment by precisely distributing dry salt aerosol using a state-of-the-art device, called the halogenerator, into a relaxing treatment room. A feedback sensor carefully monitors the level of salt and prompts the halogenerator to disperse the prescribed and therapeutic amount of salt aerosol. Allergy sufferers 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 to breathe.
Salt therapy can help alleviate sneezing, coughing and shortness of breath; clear mucus and sticky phlegm from the lungs; reduce the need for inhalers and antibiotics; increase resistance to respiratory tract diseases; and improve lung function and general health and quality of life. Salt therapy provides effective long-term relief from allergies, sinusitis and sinus headache, as well as asthma, COPD, cystic fibrosis, bronchitis and more. Salt therapy can be used as a sole treatment or as a complementary treatment to prescribed medications.
This blog post original appeared in the April 2017 issue of Natural Awakenings Charlotte. Reproduced with permission.