Salt Therapy (also known as halotherapy) is a natural therapy that has been practiced since the 18th century. It involves inhaling dry salt, which can help cleanse both the airways and the skin to relieve congestion, inflammation and skin irritations. In fact, ancient healers and philosophers recommended salt inhalation for the respiratory system and health problems. European monks in medieval times often treated their patients in salt caves. There are thousands of salt rooms in Europe and beyond. Dry salt therapy originates from speleotherapy (cave therapy) and the Wieliczka salt cave in Poland, where workers exhibited fewer respiratory illnesses. The American Lung Association points out empirical evidence observed in 1843 by a Polish physician by the name of Feliks Boczkowski, as well as by German Dr. Karl Hermann Spannagel in the mid-twentieth century, indicated actual improvement in respiration by being in the vicinity of salt air. In 1985, a machine was invented that crushed and dispersed salt particles in Russia, where it was used by doctors to treat breathing ailments. This invention was also crucial for salt therapy spas. More medical researches on salt therapy can be found in FAQ’s links.
The benefits of salt therapy are wide-ranging. Salt levels affect our cell activity, energy and blood sugar levels. A natural disinfectant, salt is antimicrobial, and antibacterial. Salt comes in empty processed forms or healthier pure sea salt (Himalayan and Dead Sea salt) that contain 84 elements and trace elements found in the human body. Dry salt air is more powerful than moist salt (saline). Because dry salt is very high in negative ions. The inner surfaces of your airways are positively charged and therefore draw the dry salt into the airways where it is most beneficial. Also, saline is known to cause some bronchial hyperactivity. Dry salt aerosol used with the right temperature and humidity like in a halotherapy room avoids bronchial swelling and spasm. Thus, how to maintain dry status without deliquescence and keep in the constant temperature are very crucial technique to get the better effect of salt therapy. Salt Therapy can also help prevent respiratory viruses, including the common cold and flu. Children and adults who experience chronic or multiple colds throughout the year due to day cares, schools or poor ventilation in the work environment can benefit greatly from near-Halotherapy.