Selected Salt therapy clinical study papers:
- Halotherapy for Treatment of Respiratory Diseases: http://www.pravasolnajaskyna.sk/ClinicalResults.htm
- Respiratory Hygene in Health Resort Medicine: Halotherapy Of Respiratory Diseases
- Halotherapy In Dermatology: Halotherapy In Dermatology
- The benefit of Salt Therapy is publicized in the U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.
- The effect of salt chamber treatment on bronchial hyperresponsiveness in asthmatics
Salt therapy, halotherapy or speleotherapy is the use of salt mines or salt caves or other forms of exposure to salt air in the belief that this confers a health benefit.
The therapeutic benefits of spending time in a salt room were rediscovered in Eastern Europe during the 19th century but the story starts long time ago where there are records of improvements in the breathing of miners in Roman and medieval times.
Relatively new in the United States, salt therapy or halo therapy (Halos Greek for Salt) is an alternative treatment in a salt room, which reproduces the unique microclimate found in natural salt caves or salt mines.
Salt therapy it’s becoming very popular, especially in Europe, where it has been recognized and prescribed by physicians and therapists alike for centuries.
In USA and Canada there are about 20 salt therapy centers and the number is increasing.
Is salt therapy safe for adults and children?
Studies have documented improvements in asthma, bronchitis, chronic ear-nose-throat conditions such as allergies and sinusitis and insomnia. Recent medical studies from Europe and Canada have shown that time spent in salt rooms can benefit other conditions such as snoring, colds, smoker’s cough and influenza.
The air in salt mines and simulated salt therapy rooms is rich with negative ions, which help clear breathing passages and provide for a host of other effects. In this regard human body is less exposed to viruses, bacteria, being in the same time more relaxed, more in control of ourselves without signs of anxiety, depression or stress.
Studies have shown improvements for people with skin disorders such as eczema, psoriasis and rashes but normally dry, greasy or aging skin may benefit as well.
Salt therapy for children
The most common medical problems of the childhood are respiratory problems.
The most common symptoms are cough, sore throat, earache, blocked nose, sneezing, hoarseness, wheezing, chest tightness and breathlessness.
Clinical trials have shown that children react very quickly, effectively and intensively to natural healing methods.
The effectiveness of Salt Therapy is directly observable and highly recommended for all pediatric respiratory and skin conditions. Studies have shown that 85- 95% of children became symptom-free, after only 3 therapy sessions. Parents noted that after 10-12 months there was still a significant improvement in their symptoms and regular medication had been reduced by 65-75%. The treatment definitely improved the children’s quality of life.
Salt Therapy is recommended from the age of 6 months.
A series of sessions is required to maximize the benefits. The number recommended is 10-12 sessions specially when season or weather changes and it could be repeated when necessary. Some people expand their treatments to 30 or more sessions and others have gone so far as to install salt rooms in their own homes after having experienced and discovered one of the secrets of Mother Nature, Salt, beneficial on so many aspects of their health and wellness.