Halotherapy is 100% natural, safe and drug-free. Derived from the Greek word halos, meaning salt, halotherapy dates back to the 11th century when people would visit the natural salt caves of eastern Europe to seek relief from respiratory ailments. Today, many spa and wellness clinics offer halotherapy as a natural treatment for a variety of concerns including including various respiratory and skin conditions. When used as a complementary treatment, halotherapy can also increase the effectiveness of prescribed medications.
The modern salt chamber uses state of the art technology to reproduce the atmosphere of salt caves within a monitored therapeutic microclimate. The halogenerator ionizes air and saturates it with a low concentration of medical-grade salt (NaCl), breaks it down into an aerosol and vents it into the salt room. Therapeutic parameters such as the concentration, size and dispersal rate of salt aerosol particles and other remedial factors (such as temperature and humidity) are customized according to individual needs. With dry salt aerosol, the particle size, concentration and dispersal speed can be tailored for maximum benefits.
How does halotherapy work?
– Helps you breathe
The chemical structure of salt makes it highly absorbent. When inhaled, the dry salt particles penetrate deep into the lungs, attracting pollutants and allergens away from the respiratory tract. This stimulates the respiratory system’s natural cleansing processes, helping to open airways, clear mucus buildup and reduce inflammation. Increased mucous secretion helps clear the airways and sinuses, making it easier to breathe. Salt crystals also emit small amounts of negative ions into the air, which can have positive effects on mood and healing.
Some halotherapy clients have reported improvements in allergy symptoms, such as coughing and sneezing, and reduced reliance on puffers and inhalers.
Studies have shown a reduction of asthma and other respiratory symptoms and improvements in lung function with the use of halotherapy . A study by Smith et al. suggested that inhaled dry salt therapy may assist people with COPD by increasing liquefaction of airway secretion, which enhances mucous secretion .
Example of Salt Cave
– Boosts immunity
Halotherapy can boost the immune response of the respiratory tract and skin. Salt can reduce immunoglobulin E (IgE), helping the body heal from conditions which are heightened when the immune system is over-reactive, including allergies, primary immunodeficiencies, infections, malignancies and inflammations.
As salt particles in the air come into contact with the skin’s surface, they stimulate the skin cells to increase the production of collagen fibers, which is key to skin rejuvenation. Additionally, negative ions, which are absorbed into the body during therapy, help strengthen the immune system by increasing the production capacity of lymph cells. By strengthening the immune system, halotherapy promotes the body’s ability to fight skin diseases which are a direct result of immune system failures, such as psoriasis and atopic dermatitis.
Dry salt aerosol boasts anti-inflammatory properties which can reduce skin swelling and redness. This makes it a useful tool for treating certain skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema. Halotherapy also promotes gentle exfoliation, which gets rid of dead dry cells and helps to clear follicles and reduce acne formation. The anti-microbial salt also helps kill off infection-causing bacteria.
– Reduces stress
The peaceful atmosphere of the salt room is beneficial to health awareness and healing. All you have to do is sit in the room and relax, meditate or catch up on your reading.
Halotherapy alleviates symptoms associated with a wide range of issues, including:
- chronic bronchitis, breathlessness, chest tightness
- cough (at night, after exercise, from second-hand smoke)
- mucus plugs, wheezing, respiratory infections
- environmental allergies, colds and influenza
- mucosal edema, adenoids, tonsillitis, pharyngitis
- pneumonia (after acute stage)
- bronchitis, bronchiectatic disease
- rhinitis, rhinosinusopathy, sinusitis
- multi-chemical sensitivity syndrome
- eczema, psoriasis, neurodermatitis
Experience the healing properties of a salt cave by booking your halotherapy session today at Pure5 Wellness.
1. Chervinskaya, Alina V., and Nora A. Zilber. “Halotherapy for Treatment of Respiratory Diseases.” Journal of Aerosol Medicine 8.3 (1995): 221-32. Web.
2. Smith, Sheree, Rachael Rashleigh, and Nicola Roberts. “A review of halotherapy for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.” International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (2014): 239. Web.
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