What does Halotherapy Help?
What is Halotherapy?
HALO = SALT. Salt Therapy evolved from Speleotherapy, which is prolonged exposure to underground salt caves and mines. Many countries, including Austria, Armenia, Bulgaria, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Romania, Russia, Poland, and Ukraine have been using Speleotherapy clinics for over 100 years. It involves spending 2-3 hours underground in a salt cave daily for 2-3 weeks. Halotherapy replicates the salt cave environment but only requires 45 minutes to achieve therapeutic results.
How does Halotherapy work?
Unlike a salt mine, a Halotherapy room is conveniently located in a controlled environment. We have the ability to change the amount of concentration of salt in the air, humidity levels and temperature range. The concentration of pure pharmaceutical grade salt in the room can be adjusted to a level appropriate to individual conditions.
Halotherapy uses a special generator to grind pharmaceutical grade salt into fine particles known as Dry Salt Aerosol. Microparticles of salt are dispersed into the room during the 45-minute treatment session. The particles, measuring less than 5 micrometers in diameter, penetrate deep into the lungs, bronchi, bronchioles and alveoli. The inhaled salt helps kill bacteria, break down mucous and pollutants lodged in the respiratory tract. These are then either coughed up or eliminated through the blood stream. The treatment reduces hypersensitivity and inflammation in the lungs, thins out mucus build-up, eliminates allergens, improves lung function and opens up breathing passages. It also has positive benefits for your skin.
How safe is Halotherapy?
Halotherapy is 100% natural, safe, and drug-free, providing effective long-term relief. It can be used as a complementary treatment to prescribed medications or as a sole treatment. When Halotherapy is used as a complementary treatment, it can increase the effectiveness and decrease the amount of prescribed medications.
What are the side effects?
You may experience a dry throat and increased coughing after your first session. This is a natural part of the clearing process of the respiratory system. The pollution which has accumulated over time is being released by the salt and is then expelled from within the deepest regions of the lungs. You may also notice slight skin irritation, throat tickle (gargling with water resolves this) and minor eye irritation (use eye drops.)
Who should not use Halotherapy?
Salt therapy is not appropriate for:
What about using Halotherapy for children?
The treatment is suitable for children of any age (as young as 6 months old). Children, in fact, respond to the therapy even more quickly than do adults. Ever try to irrigate the nose of a child with saline solution or to use an inhalation mask? Halotherapy makes it simple and more effective. (See: How is dry salt aerosol better than saline treatments?) Children are unaware that they are being treated.
If your child has been on medications for awhile, but the treatment outcome is not satisfactory, it is worth trying Halotherapy. In fact, in countries where Halotherapy is practiced in mainstream medicine, doctors recommend parents try this natural remedy before putting children on medication, or at least use it alongside medication to avoid high dosage. Children treated by powerful hormones (steroids) are at increased risk of bone fractures and growth retardation. Halotherapy is said to be 75 – 98% effective and could reduce the possibility of side effects from intensive drug treatment.
Why should I consider Halotherapy?
While medications are useful for chronic diseases, there are some side effects associated with repeated or long term use. Continuous drug therapy is associated with the possible development of allergic or toxic reactions, development of antibiotic resistance, imbalance of intestinal bacteria, and overgrowth of yeast. Steroids used for breathing and skin problems can also affect growth in children, lower bone density, contribute to cataracts, glaucoma and bruising.
Halotherapy may play an important role in the prevention and treatment of common colds. The best time to treat a cold is at its onset. Halotherapy treatment at the first sign of cold symptoms helps to eliminate or reduce mucus and inflammation of the respiratory system. This helps stop the cold without medications and reduces prescription drug use. This is especially important for children and adults with asthma since the common cold is a trigger for asthma.
How many sessions are recommended?
TYPICAL AMOUNT OF TREATMENTS
(BASED ON EASTERN EUROPEAN PUBLISHED CLINICAL REPORTS)
Asthma (allergic) 12-14 Treatments
Asthma (FEV1>60%) 14-18
Asthma (FEV1<60%) 18-21
Chronic obstructive bronchitis
Allergic rhinitis 12-14
Chronic non-obstructive bronchitis 12-14
Chronic recurrent bronchitis 12-14
Acute upper airway viral infection 5-7
Bronchiectatic disease 20-25
Cystic Fibrosis 20-25
Chronic rhinitis 12-14
Chronic pharyngitis 12-14
Chronic sinusitis 12-14
Acute sinusitis 5
Atopic dermatitis, Neurodermatitis 12-18
Purulent skin infections 12-18
Healing of post surgery scars 12-18
Multiple Chemical Sensitivity 12-14
Sick building syndrome 12-14
What should I wear to the treatment session?
Salt room therapy requires no special clothing; the salt will not damage your clothes or leave any noticeable residue. Those with skin conditions may elect to wear bathing suits for maximum exposure to the salt.
How is dry salt better than saline treatments?(neti-pots, nebulizers, etc)
Dry salt is more effective then moist salt (saline). Dry salt is very high in negative ions. The inner surfaces of your airways are positively charged and therefore draw the dry salt into the airways where it is most beneficial. Also, saline is known to cause some bronchial hyperactivity. Dry salt aerosol used with the right temperature and humidity like in a halotherapy room avoids bronchial swelling and spasm. You also ingest less salt during a 45 minute Halotherapy session than the dose received while inhaling moist sodium chloride aerosol (saline). Lastly, people have been known to contract serious infections from non sterile water used in moist saline therapies. This cannot occur with dry salt aerosol.
How does Halotherapy help the skin?
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Is Salt Therapy covered by insurance?
Although it is covered in Canada and European countries it is not a covered expense in the US. Reimbursement may be possible through flexible spending accounts, so check with your plan.
For Flexible Spending Accounts