Salt Therapy Relieves Asthma, Other Respiratory Conditions

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Salt therapy, also known as halotherapy, is a drug-free, completely natural way to treat allergies, asthma, and other respiratory conditions. The therapeutic value of salt for respiratory conditions has been recognized by many countries, and it is a popular form of treatment especially in Britain, Eastern Europe, and Russia, and in some places in North America.

Halotherapy (“halos” means salt in Greek) is done in a controlled air environment that simulates a natural salt cave. In fact, salt therapy is also known as speleotherapy (“speleo” means cave), and for good reason: treatments have been practiced in old salt mines for centuries. Today, halotherapy recreates the conditions of the salt mines or salt caves as therapy sites.

Salt has natural healing powers, with the ability to reach bacteria and mucus in the lungs when it is inhaled. In halotherapy, salt aerosol is continuously scattered into the sterile, pure air of the cave for patients to breathe in. The salt they take in is in the form of aerosolized microparticles that have been ground in a special generator. These salt particles can penetrate deep into the lungs and the bronchi, destroying bacteria, viruses, and fungi, and absorbing mucus.

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Studies show that salt therapy can be effective in treating respiratory conditions such as allergies, asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, bronchiectasis, and sinusitis. In a study of 124 patients who had various respiratory conditions, including bronchial asthma, chronic bronchitis, bronchiectasis, and cystic fibrosis, use of halotherapy daily for 10 to 20 days resulted in improvement in all patients. The average duration of remission was 7.6 months, and most of the patients (60%) did not need further medication after receiving halotherapy.

Snoring may also be helped by salt therapy. Inhaling the salt microparticles can help clear the airway passages and also reduce any swelling of the nasal mucosa and soft palate, which can contribute to snoring. Halotherapy can help improve sinus drainage as well, which can reduce snoring.

Salt therapy can be a highly effective treatment for people who have asthma and other respiratory conditions, but locating therapeutic salt caves can be a challenge, especially in North America. Halotherapy is available in Canada and at the present time in only one location in the United States, at the Salt Cave in Naples, Florida.

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