Published: 01/16/2015 - Updated: 03/08/2020
Author: Dra. Loredana Lunadei, PhD
Are you tired of being bothered by hay fever, and you don’t know which medicine to take to prevent asthma attacks, skin conditions, or if you just want to get rid of stress and find a little bit of relaxation time? Perhaps the solution to your problems with allergies, respiratory, dermatological and emotional conditions lies in halotherapy. It is a modern treatment that uses breathing saline concentrations.
This new healing method simulates an environment exactly like that inhaled whenever you’re close to the ocean, all by use of a sauna-type area. These areas are known as salt chamber rooms. Once entering one, you become exposed to a maximally pure saline atmosphere.
Health and relaxation
So what takes place when you enter the sauna? Well, specialists assure that due to the perfect combination of temperature, humidity, and aerosol concentrations present, the skin and respiratory tracts are purified, which even strengthens the immune system and creates a sensation of absolute relaxation.
Halotherapy is quite famous in countries like Poland and Holland. There individuals working in the salt mines were noted as having slowly become immune to diseases that affected the rest of their family members.
Then after several studies, it was concluded that environments impregnated with salt micro-particles that were inhaled, created a protective factor from suffering from these types of conditions.
What science says about Halotherapy
This therapy has been supported in two scientific studies, the first of which was performed by the Department of Otorhinolaryngology (ENT) at the Italian University of Milano. It supports the efficacy of irrigating nasal passages with salts in allergenic treatments, like hay fever. The second supporting study comes from seven specialists at the Pharmacological Department as the University of Sidney, Australia. They noticed improvement in asthmatic patients that were exposed to inhaling hypertonic saline aerosols.
Likewise, the Central Medical Unit No. 122 at the Federal Medical and Biological Agency at St. Petersburg, Russia, states that in they have experienced positive results at their hospital in patients receiving halotherapy treatment.
How does Halotherapy work?
Patients must enter a salt chamber room, which is a closed environment and in some cases has a capacity of up to 15 people. It has salt-covered walls, creating a dry micro-climate. These sessions last approximately one hour. According to its promoters, 10 sessions will provide optimum results, such as:
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– Lung health that counteracts bronchial diseases, like asthma, bronchitis, smoker’s cough, cystic fibrosis, tonsillitis, otitis media, pharyngitis, cough, hay fever, sinusitis, and other repetitive viral infections.
– Skin improvement which fights dermatological conditions, like dermatitis, eczema and psoriasis.
– Mental health, releases stress, fatigue and depression.
We are all appropriate candidates
Halotherapy is recommended for the entire family, from children, youth, adults, and the elderly. However, we need to clarify that individuals with severe hypertension, those that suffer from hemorrhages and other blood conditions, as well as anyone who suffers from acute respiratory diseases, TB, mental disorders, drug dependence, and pregnant women, should all abstain from this treatment.
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Salt is health
So now you know. Salt is an important mineral for healing illnesses, according to specialists there are more than 14,000 ways to use salt in health. Over the course of centuries it has been used to cure molar pain, sore throats, burns, bites, bee stings, gum pain, respiratory illnesses, and it has been proven to be an excellent remedy for skin and the immune system.
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