What the heck is that! I can even hear it guys! Furthermore, benefits of halotherapy you may ask?! How about benefits of salt! Read me out. Since the early days, salt has been found out to possess therapeutic properties, treat several types of illness and has been deemed as one of the most effective natural treatments.
History of Salt Therapy
As early as 1843, Polish physician Felix Bocakowski, was the first to introduce the health benefits of natural salt mines. He derived this concept from his findings that the salt mine workers he had attended to have healthy respiratory systems. From then on, natural salt mines were used as natural treatment for respiratory illness. Even today, there are hospitals around Europe utilizing natural salt mines. This method of treatment is called Speleotherapy.
But not until 1980 when intensive studies have been conducted in Eastern Europe to verify the therapeutic elements of natural salt mines. In the 1980s, however, intensive studies in Eastern Europe have been conducted to determine the therapeutic factors of natural salt mines. The founder of halotherapy, Prof. Dr. Chervinskaya, together with a team of scientists, confirmed that the major therapeutic component of natural salt mine climates is dry salt aerosol. With this finding, the recreation of micro-climate became a possibility above ground.
Different experiments were conducted to produce dry salt particles but none of these attempts succeeded. However, the result of these experiments didn’t all go to waste because it initiated the development of halogenerators to provide dry salt particles into salt rooms. Salt were grinded into 1 to 5 micron size particles by a halogenerator which acts like a mill with the ability to blast beneficial amount of salt into the salt therapy room.
Since 1990, halotherapy or dry salt aerosol therapy was approved by the Russian Ministry of Public Health as legitimate medical remedy based on the collected data from 15 Russian hospitals from the year 1991 to 1994. The result revealed a high success rate on more than 4,500 patients of different age range suffering from different types of pulmonary diseases who were treated with halotherapy.
Halotherapy was established into the Health Spa sector in early 2000 and has been growing quickly in North America and Europe.
What is Halotherapy?
In this procedure, a technique is implemented to simulate the natural salt mines micro-climate by supplying dry salt aerosol into a distinctively designed halochamber also known as a salt therapy room. The appropriate quantity of salt is administered gradually by a halogenerator in low concentration of 0.5 to 15 mg/m3. The penetration of salt particles in the body’s respiratory system depends on the micron size of the particles. A particle size of 1 to 5 microns can penetrate in the smallest part of the body’s respiratory system. Particle size ranging from 5 to 10 microns can penetrate in the upper respiratory system while particle size bigger than 10 microns can only be absorbed in the throat and sinuses. Since the dry salt particles are negatively charged, the negative ions in these particles convey therapeutic effects not only on our respiratory system but our overall wellness.
During the treatment, other important factors are considered to achieve optimum result. These factors include ventilations, humidity and room temperature. Specially designed ventilation systems are set up to secure appropriate flow of air and consistent therapeutic parameters. Humidity ranging from 35% to 55% provides the most suitable environment to sustain negatively charged dry salt particles. Room temperature is maintained between 68 to 73 degrees Fahrenheit for the relief of the respiratory system.
Halotherapy centers have salt therapy rooms covered with sea salt or rock salt to emanate a soothing ambience. Most centers also utilize sound and light therapy during halotherapy sessions.
People who have undergone halotherapy found great relief after the treatment. Not only does the treatment heal respiratory disorders but it also delivers other health benefits.
Benefits of Halotherapy
Halotherapy is widely known as natural, safe, drug-free alternative remedy for the treatment of asthma, chronic lung diseases, sinusitis, bronchitis, fibrosis, sore throat, allergies, cystic fibrosis, ear infections, hay fever, rhinitis, psoriasis, congestions, and for the maintenance of respiratory health. Aside from the stated benefits, halotherapy is also found out to reduce stress and more.
Based on studies, halotherapy has presented positive benefits on:
- anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties
- aids in the clearing of mucous
- improves mucociliary activity
- develops lung function and capacity
- stabilizes airway surface liquid
- maintains respiratory health
- eases itchiness
- dries out scratches and minor fissures
- decreases and heals skin inflammation
- reduces and clears edema on post- surgical wounds
- relieves and reduces stress
- provides rejuvenation and relaxation
- improves cardiovascular system
Due to its negative ion content, halotherapy also presents beneficial effects on the nervous system. It promotes stress reduction by lowering blood pressure and inducing good sleep to treat insomnia. It is also a good remedy for snoring and sleep apnea. When inhaled, these microscopic slat particles can also enhance overall well-being and is considered to have a powerful anti-aging property.
Salt therapy can also help address your various skin problems such as eczema, psoriasis, rashes and acne as salts possess anti-bacterial property which destroys irritating bacteria on your skin.
Halotherapy also aids in the recovery after acute pneumonia and is effective in treating minor thyroid problems.
The positive effects of halotherapy are best achieved when taken in an interval of one session a day for the span of 10 to 25 days once or twice a year.
Intensive examination of patients treated with halotherapy for one or more years have indicated a significant reduction in the in chronic symptoms.
Since halotherapy promotes mucociliary activity, it can cause increased cough for more productive and better discharge of mucous. In some individuals, eye irritation is usually manifested.
You should avoid even thinking about the benefits of halotherapy if you are afflicted with any of the following illnesses:
- Acute stage of lung diseases
- Third stage of chronic lung deficiency associated with obstructive pulmonary disorders
- Cardiac deficiency
- Stage 2 hypertension
- Liver or other internal organs failure.