What Conditions Does Halotherapy Treat?
*Asthma, COPD, Emphysema and "Smoker's Cough":
*Asthma is a chronic respiratory disease that affects an estimated 20 million Americans. Asthma attacks cause 2 million emergency room visits and 10 million outpatient visits each year. Every year, asthma causes 4,000 deaths in the US alone.
Halotherapy consistently demonstrates a dramatic positive effect on symptoms of asthma and obstructive bronchial conditions caused by inflammation and harmful debris in the respiratory system. Naturally antibacterial and anti-inflammatory sodium chloride particles are carried into the deepest recesses of the bronchial system due to the unique aerosol dispersal system and the microscopic size of the particles.
Over a series of treatments, inhalation of dry salt aerosol will bring about the improvement of mucociliary clearance and decrease of bronchial inflammation, the decrease or elimination of pathogenic microorganisms, and a reduction of bronchial hyperresponsiveness.
This translates into better lung function, fewer spasmodic attacks, and clearer air passages with less use of drugs to control symptoms. Even chronic deep cough due to tobacco use, nicknamed “Smoker’s Cough” shows marked improvement with continued treatment.
Halotherapy presents a unique treatment option for allergy sufferers that offers relief naturally and fast. Salt is a well known decongestant; it reduces inflammation widening of the airway passages, restoring the normal transport of mucous secretion and free blockages in the bronchi and bronchioles leading to rapid elimination of the residual tar and foreign allergens.
Improved drainage allows for reduction in contaminants that may trigger or prolong allergic episodes. Additionally, salt’s ability to absorb edema from swollen mucosa linings in the sinuses and respiratory tract opens airways to bring about quick relief of symptoms. Long term studies with allergy patients in Russia who reported remarkable improvement over a period of ten years have led to Halotherapy being recognized as a certified allergy treatment by the Russian Ministry of Health and other associations in Europe.
*Coughs, Colds and Flu:
Sessions with Halotherapy have an immediate remedial effect on the symptoms of colds and flu. Breathing becomes easier as inhaled salt aerosol naturally absorbs edema from swollen air passages and thins mucus secretions so that drainage is easier. The dispersal system of microscopic salt particles used in this therapy allows the salt aerosol to be taken deep into these cavities, bringing the antibacterial and anti-inflammatory action to the root of the problem.
Relief from the irritation of sticky mucus secretions and debris, as well as the antispasmodic effect produce by calming negative particles, calms and quiets coughs. Additionally, the deep cleaning of the sinus cavities and respiratory tract inherent in this type of treatment reduces the toxic load on the immune system, regardless of external exposure.
A series of Halotherapy treatments not only helps to relieve and heal a current cold or flu episode, but increases resistance to new infections for months in the future.
*Cystic fibrosis is one of the most dangerous diseases in the world. Approximately 30,000 Americans have this hereditary condition including a large proportion of children. It is one of the most common life-shortening inherited diseases in the continent and there is no cure. Cystic fibrosis is caused by a defective gene that causes the body to produce thick, sticky mucus that clogs lungs, which then develops life-threatening lung infections and interferes with the ability of natural enzymes in the pancreas to break down and absorb food.
Salt Therapy has many beneficial properties for Cystic Fibrosis:
Bactericide: An agent that destroys bacteria.
Mucokinetic: Facilitates removal of mucus from the respiratory tract.
Hydrophilic: Having an affinity for water or readily absorbing / dissolving in water.
Anti-inflammatory: reduces inflammation, swelling, and pain.
If you are a carrier of cystic fibrosis, salt therapy treatments bring relief by opening up your respiratory tract, clearing accumulated mucus and unclogging blockages in the bronchi and bronchioles. It also absorbs edema from the mucosa lining in the airway passages and reduces inflammation of the respiratory tract. Salt therapy treatment also facilitates the drainage of mucus associated with sinusitis, a common problem in patients suffering from cystic fibrosis. The salt therapy treatment sessions reduce your coughing and dependence on prescription drugs and gives a boost to your immune system.
Treatments like antibiotics and bronchodilators bring short-term relief. Fortunately, salt therapy treatments not only bring relief but can also prevent the recurrence of symptoms.
*Sinus and Ear Infections:
Halotherapy’s ability to reduce edema in passages and cavities not immediately accessible to other means of treatment make it the perfect solution for dealing with ear and sinus infections. Halotherapy is perfectly safe and comfortable for children as well as adults, and can bring not only relief in the short term, but lasting resistance to recurrence of such infections.
In the case of ear infections, aerosolized particles are able to penetrate deep into the internal passages of the ear, reducing inflammation, edema, and bacteria in the Eustachian tubes. Relief of edema from swollen tissues widens passages, improving drainage and increasing aeration behind the tympanic membrane, reducing infection in the pockets where bacteria often builds due to collected fluid.
Relief from sinus infections is also achieved through deep penetrating dry salt particles. The negative charge of dry aerosol particles causes them to be literally drawn into the essentially positively charged environment of inflamed and infected sinus cavities. Relief is achieved quickly as mucus secretions become thinner and are able to drain properly, removing trapped pockets of debris and bacteria.
Microscopic salt particles also stimulate the immune system, increasing the body’s innate ability to resist further infection as antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties reduce the current episode. This can significantly reduce the use of antibiotics in chronic sufferers of ear and sinus infections.
*In 2009, 9.9 million people were diagnosed with bronchitis. Bronchitis is an acute inflammation of the air passages within the lungs that result in persistent cough, coughing up mucus, tightness in the chest and difficulty breathing. Small children may wheeze and display symptoms similar to asthma. It takes its toll on adults and children alike. Prescription drugs can bring temporary relief but they cannot prevent the disease from striking you again.
Salt therapy is a drug free treatment that brings relief and prevents recurrence over time. If you are suffering from acute or chronic bronchitis, salt therapy will help you breathe easier by clearing accumulated mucus from your lungs.
Salt therapy will improve the functioning of your lungs.
The salt widens and clears your respiratory system, causing your coughing to subside. If you are also suffering from cold/flu symptoms, salt therapy will open up your nasal airways and reduce sneezing. Salt therapy brings relief by reducing the inflammation of your lungs and kill bacteria. The treatments expel large amounts of mucus that had been blocking your ability to breathe. Experiencing salt therapy can decrease your dependence on prescription drugs.
Clinical studies published in the New England Journal of Medicine (2006) observed:
“Inhalation of hypertonic saline produces a sustained acceleration of mucus clearance and improved lung function. Salt therapy treatment may protect the lung from insults that reduces mucus clearance and reduces lung disease”.
*Dermatitis, Psoriasis, Eczema, Acne
* Dermatitis is a blanket term meaning “inflammation of the skin” and there are literally hundreds of different forms ranging from eczema to acne to contact dermatitis. Approximately 30 million Americans are said to suffer from some form of dermatitis. Medication usually brings only temporary relief from dermatitis, but it can have harmful side effects.
Salt therapy is a drug free treatment for many forms of dermatitis offering you immediate relief that will also keep you free from skin irritation for an extended period of time.
The salt particles act as a bactericide to kill bacteria and fungi and possess anti-inflammatory properties that reduce swelling and pain. As the treatment progresses, the itching sensation on your skin stops and minor cracks vanish. Salt therapy sessions can help you overcome your dependence on prescription drugs. Besides making your skin look good and feel better, salt therapy also reduces stress and strengthens your defense system so you won’t fall prey to disease easily.
Your Salt Therapy treatment has many positive effects:
– Kill bacteria and fungi
- Balance Skin PH
- Pull moisture to the surface of the skin
– Act as an anti-inflammatory agent – Increase blood micro-circulation in your skin
– Activating physiological processes in your body
– Stress Reduction
– Strengthen bodily defense system
– Your skin will look good and feel better
As your treatments progress, you notice other benefits:
– Decreased itching
– Minor cracks in your skin vanish
– No longer relying on prescription drugs for your dermatitis
*Healing of skin after surgery
Whole Body Ailments:
* Effectiveness for these conditions are estimated up to 98% according to the clinical study "Halotherapy for Treatment of Respiratory Disease," published in the Journal of Aerosol Medicine, Vol. 8, Number 3, 1995
History of Halotherapy
Since the days of Egypt’s Queen Cleopatra salt therapies have been known to have therapeutic benefits. Whether dipping themselves in the Dead Sea or taking treks into Eastern European salt caves, sufferers of many different respiratory and skin ailments have benefitted from anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties of salt.
In the 1840’s, a Polish physician documented that workers in salt mines had much lower rates of lung disease and attributed the cause of their good health to the salt cave air that was saturated with saline dust. Soon thereafter Speleotherapy, the therapeutic use of salt caves, became a common drug-free treatment for many chronic lung and skin conditions.
Speleotherapy was developed in 1843 by F. Bochkowsky, but it wasn’t until almost 150 years later in 1989 that Halotherapy was founded in Russia. Halotherapy, better known as Salt Therapy, is the therapeutic use of natural salt in a simulated microclimate, called a Halochamber. For more than 20 years, specifically-designed Halochambers have used dry sodium chloride aerosol (salt), to treat upper and lower respiratory ailments and skin conditions.
There are over a thousand Halochambers throughout Europe, but only a hand full of cities in the United States have access to this beneficial therapy.
A Salt Room, originally known as a Halochamber, is a microclimate designed to replicate the environment of a salt mine. A salt room is a dry, sterile environment that controls air temperature, humidity, air pressure and air content.
Diseases of the respiratory system are one of the most common illnesses in modern society. The seriousness of respiratory diseases, both in terms of medical and social effects, is extremely high indeed. These include asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), bronchitis, pneumonia, bronchiectasis, and cystic fibrosis. Amongst non-communicable diseases, they are one of the leading causes of high numbers of sick days, disabilities, and deaths.
Research and findings from experts suggest that the most significant factor causing the high prevalence of diseases affecting the respiratory system is environmental air pollutants that enter the respiratory tract. Scientific projections suggest that the two leading types of diseases in the 21st century will be caused by allergies and environmental factors. Those will primarily be respiratory diseases.
Recognized achievements in the pharmaceutical industry and drug treatments will not be able to stop the steady growth of the diseases in our civilization. More and more people are becoming aware of the harm being caused to their health by the environment, and are looking for safe and effective methods of protection and improvement. In recent years, and perhaps largely for this reason, people have demanded treatment through safe, non-medicinal means. Medicus curat, natura sanat — A doctor treats, but nature cures.
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Halotherapy is Clinically Proven:
*to clear mucus from the airways, thus removing airflow obstruction;
*to enhance the mucociliary clearance mechanism in both asthmatic and healthy subjects;
*to balance airway-surface liquid;
*to provide anti-inflammatory and bactericidal effects;
*to reduce bronchial hyperresponsiveness;
*to improve lung function;
*to help clear unwanted inhaled particles from lungs;
*As a drug-free treatment for asthma, bronchitis, CF and sinusitis.