Halotherapy, also known as salt therapy, has been used for centuries as a natural way to treat symptoms of respiratory illnesses such as asthma, allergies and skin conditions. Halotherapy, derived from the Greek word “halos” meaning salt, dates to the 11th or 12th century when people would visit Eastern Europe’s natural salt caves to treat their ailments. Today, many spa and wellness clinics are using halotherapy as a natural complementary treatment for a variety of ailments. Dry salt aerosol inhalation is a modern form of halotherapy that involves micro salt particles being pumped into a room that mimics the microclimate of a salt cave.
Halotherapy uses a machine called a halogenerator to grind pharmaceutical grade salt (NaCl) into fine particles known as dry salt aerosol. These particles are dispersed through the air during the therapy session. Upon inhalation, the particles penetrate deep into the lungs which can help open airways and assist with clearing mucus buildup. Salt has a chemical structure that causes it to attract water vapour molecules and their attached pollutants. This results in pollutants attaching to the salt instead of you breathing them in through the air around you. Salt crystals also emit small amounts of negative ions into the air, which can have positive effects on mood and healing.
As mentioned, halotherapy can be used to improve respiratory, allergy and skin issues. Some 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 . Other benefits include:
Negative ions produced during halotherapy can provide relief from chronic stress and fatigue. Many people find the experience of sitting or lying in the peaceful salt room very relaxing.
Some halotherapy clients have reported improvements in allergy symptoms, such as coughing and sneezing, and reduced reliance on puffers and inhalers. Increased mucous secretion helps clear the airways and sinuses, allowing you to breathe easier.
Halotherapy can boost the immune response of the respiratory tract and skin. Salt can reduce IgE levels, which are heightened when the immune system is overreactive.
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.
Come relax and experience the healing properties of a salt cave by booking your halotherapy session today at Pure5 Wellness.