ABOUT SALT THERAPY
How HALOTHERAPY WORKS
Halotherapy (Salt Therapy) is a drug-free, noninvasive therapeutic treatment of respiratory and skin conditions.
Though it should not be considered as a replacement for established medical treatment regimens, as a supplemental therapy it is effective in reducing the need for the use of medications and enhancing their effectiveness, as well as providing the preventive measures and rehabilitation our bodies need.
Salt aerosol provides anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory effects on the respiratory tract while helping to thin out mucous and stimulate the body’s natural defense activity. This helps the cleansing ability of the lungs and reduces inflammation that causes wheezing, making Halotherapy treatment beneficial to anyone exposed to environmental allergens or pollutants like smog.
The salt particles also have favorable effects on the blood micro-circulation of the skin, reduces skin inflammation, and can kill bacteria and fungi present with many dermatological conditions which can relieve itching while also nourishing and moisturizing the affected areas.
Clinical studies have shown that salt therapy reduces inflammation in the respiratory tract and aids in mucous clearing, leaving you breathing easier. With regular Halotherapy sessions, people have been able to reduce their use of medications, the rate of hospital visits, and the frequency of asthma and allergy attacks.
HISTORY of Halotherapy
Salt Therapy has a rich history throughout Europe, dating back to the Roman and medieval periods, as there are records of improvements in the breathing of salt miners from that time. In those days, monks took sick people to the salt caves and let them breathe the air, which was saturated with salt particles.
In 19th century Poland, the miners in the salt shafts never seemed to suffer from lung related diseases, such as pneumonia and asthma, and had decreased incidences of other illnesses compared to the general population. In 1843, a Polish physician named Dr. Felix Bochkowsky, the state authority for occupational health in Polish industry at the time, published a book about the beneficial effects that salt cave environments had on respiratory health.
This led to the use of salt mines as a therapeutic treatment, which became known as Speleotherapy and the establishment of the first salt mine treatment center in Wieliczka, Poland.
As technology developed, so did salt therapy. Halotherapy (“halos” is Greek for “salt”) is the active form of this treatment and has been used in Eastern Europe for more than 20 years.
Halotherapy blends old methods with modern technology through the use of halogenerators, which actively and precisely disperse dry salt aerosol into the salt rooms to accelerate the positive effect of this safe, natural therapy. As the evidence of its health benefits has been noted, the number of Halotherapy centers around the world has grown to now include Western Europe, Israel, Canada, and the United States.