What Is Halotherapy?
Halotherapy or commonly refer to as Salt therapy comes in several forms:
wet salt therapy or dry salt therapy.
Wet methods include: gargling salt water, drinking salt water, bathing in salt water, using salt water for nasal irrigation (neti pot) and flotation tanks filled with salt water.
Dry methods include: salt cave, salt inhalers, genuine salt lamps and halogenerators that disperses a dry salt aerosol into the salt “cave” room or private booth.
Halotherapy uses natural salt that is pumped into a man-made environment.
These passive salt rooms (and booths) provide a great space for relaxation, meditation and increases psycho-emotional well-being. Then by breathing in salt into the respiratory system and having the skin being exposed to these micro-size particles of salt.
How does it work?
Halotherapy is the use of salt vapor to treat respiratory ailments, skin irritations, and combat mental lethargy — you can enhance your health and well-being. Highly relaxing and stress-reducing.
Salt therapy can have some incredible properties including:
- Loosens excessive mucus
- Removes airborne pollen
1. Respiratory Ailments
The theory behind dry salt therapy is improve respiratory problems. Salt helps to decrease inflammation and open up airway passages. A alternative way to get rid of allergens and toxins from the respiratory system.
As a “wellness routine” you may find relief from several respiratory health conditions including:
- Common cold
- Cystic fibrosis
- Ear infections
- Smokers cough
Multiple studies also demonstrate the positive effects of halotherapy on patients with COPD such as bronchitis and asthma. May improve lung function and decrease blood pressure as it has been observed.
2. Skin Conditions
May help people with various skin conditions including:
- Dry, flaky skin
- Swollen/inflamed skin
3. Immune System Booster
Studies have also demonstrate halotherapy’s ability to boost the immune system with treatments to improved lung function by help to clear up your respiratory track and expel any unwanted bacteria.
4. Reduce Inflammation
Major benefit of salt — its ability to reduce inflammation, which is huge since we know that inflammation is at the root of most diseases.
Discovered in Poland around the 1800’s, a physician noticed that metal and coal miners had a tendency to experience severe respiratory problems, but salt miners tended to be healthier than most people.
This got the attention from the medical community and has seen been used in places like Europe for hundreds of years by replicating the natural salt caverns to improve and cleanse the respiratory tract with also minimize symptoms.
Salt therapy side effects from halotherapy have been known to include a slight cough, minor tightness in the chest or runny nose.
This is salt doing its work to remove mucus and toxins from the lungs and airways.
Halotherapy is not recommended for people with a fever, contagious disease, open wounds, cancer, severe hypertension, mental disorders or active tuberculosis.
If you’re pregnant or have any health concerns, talk to your doctor before trying halotherapy or any other form of salt therapy.
Halotherapy is an alternative drug-free treatment method in numerous respiratory, symptomatic sinus disease and skin diseases as study have demonstrated. Halotherapy is indicated in most respiratory diseases, including:
- respiratory tract infections;
- allergic and chronic bronchitis;
- frequent colds;
- pneumonia, after an acute stage;
- chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD);
- post-pneumonia states and various other respiratory diseases;
The main contraindications include hyperthyroidism, active tuberculosis, high-grade hypertension, cardiovascular and respiratory failure, acute-stage blood disorders, and malignant diseases.
Halotherapy can be a pleasant experience, which may have a beneficial effect on the psycho-emotional state. With positive results that can last for more than a year.