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The Amazing Halotherapy (Salt Cave Therapy)

The Amazing Halotherapy (Salt Cave Therapy)

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Hello Halotherapy

Salt Therapy is also known as Halotherapy. Halo, derived from the Greek alas, meaning "salt", is a form of alternative medicine which makes use of salt. It is an ancient natural therapy that was used back to 200 years ago. It is actually started at the Polish salt mines where a Polish physician discovered in 1843, salt miners had no respiratory issues. Since then, many travel to this place to enjoy this salt therapy.

Halotherapy is a holistic approach that mimics the microclimate of a salt cave. Dry salt air is dispersed into an enclosed environment through a unique process generated by a device. This device is called a halogenerator. It grinds salt into microscopic particles and releases them into the air of the room. Once inhaled, these salt particles are claimed to absorb irritants, including allergens and toxins, from the respiratory system. This process breaks up mucus and reduces inflammation, resulting in clear airways.

Scientific Evidence of Halotherapy

Salt is known to have anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. However, it’s only in the last decade that studies have been conducted to rigorously assess the health benefits of halotherapy, showing mostly a relief for respiratory and skin conditions. Most of the research to date has been led by Dr. Alina Chervinskaya in St. Petersburg, Russia. Some of her work has shown that in an allergen-free environment with adequate levels of salt particles, patients with chronic respiratory diseases experienced some improvements. She suggested that 85 per cent of mild and moderate asthma cases were improved after a few sessions of halotherapy.

How Does It Work?

Pure dry sodium chloride is heated and ground up in the halogenetator. The microsized crush salt particles are then dispersed into the air. Once inhaled, it penetrates deep within the respiratory tract and work to remove mucus build up and eliminate bacteria and toxins.

The salt particles have a similar effect on your skin by absorbing bacteria and other impurities responsible for many skin conditions.

Salt is also said to produce negative ions. This theoretically causes your body to release more serotonin, one of the chemicals behind feelings of happiness.

What Are the Benefits and Conditions

Halotherapy treats Salt Therapy has many positive effects on our respiratory, skin and immune systems. It reduces bronchial inflammation, thins and removes mucous from the lungs, as well as improves lung capacity and functionality. It also reduces skin inflammation, improves cellular rejuvenation and decreases itching and irritated skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema.

It has also been very successful in reducing stress as well as enhancing our cardiovascular system.

In addition, those who suffer from the following conditions can greatly benefit from the halotherapy.

• Allergies

• Emphysema

• Asthma

• Psoriasis

• Bronchitis

• Pneumonia

• Bronchial Infections

• Rhinitis

• Chronic ENT illnesses

• Sinus Infections

• Cold/FluSinusitis

• Cystic Fibrosis

• Smoker's Cough

• Dermatitis

• Snoring

• Ear Infections

• Stress and Fatigue

• Eczema

• Wheezing

You may find out more info from: http://sol.com.my/health-services/health-therapies/salt-cave

Contributed by:

Ms Esther Peh

Naturopath & Nutritional therapist of Spectrum of life Integrative Wellness Centre