Salt Therapy: New Age Treatment for Respiratory Disorders?

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Halotherapy is a type of alternative medicine that utilizes salt to cure respiratory problems and other health maladies. According to practitioners, halotherapy helps ease congestion while strengthening the lungs.

How Halotherapy Works

The treatment works by exposing a patient to a salt cave. The salt cave is teeming with microscopic particles of salt suspended in the air. By inhaling the dry air, the salt particles enter deep into the lungs, killing microbes that cause respiratory and bronchial problems. The salt also dissolves into mucus or phlegm for easy expelling. Impurities, bacteria, and pathogens are eliminated naturally through coughing. Halotherapy works to reduce inflammation, strengthen the immune system, and destroy bacteria that cause breathing problems without using drugs.

Types of Halotherapy Methods

Artificial Salt Room and Salt Cave

Salt caves contain natural salts that improve breathing. The cave is converted into a relaxing room where patients can sit, relax, and take deep breaths. On the other hand, salt rooms feature a halogenerator to disperse very fine rock salt particles into the air. Just like a salt cave, a salt room features comfortable seating where patients can relax, take deep breaths, and focus on overcoming respiratory discomforts. If the salt room is not fitted with a halogenerator, the salt aerosol is applied on salt brick using a steel brush to produce salt particles.

An average session in a salt room or salt cave is about 45 minutes to an hour. The session is short but intense. The controlled environment ensures a safe breathing space for patients. The only drawback is that the session is expensive. Also, you’ll need to travel to the site to complete the session, which could be inconvenient to some.

Home Salt Therapy Device

Salt therapy device utilizes ultrasonic technology to generate fine salt particles that are released into the indoor air for breathing. This nifty device can be plugged into any electric outlet and left running in a small room. Salt therapy devices are recommended to be used at night. Depending on the condition of the patient, the device should provide 7 to 8 hours of uninterrupted salt air. The concentration of salt aerosol will depend on the length of exposure.  Salt therapy devices are compact, easy to use, and require no active involvement of the user. Therefore, it is one of the most convenient ways to access salt aerosol.

Salt Inhaler

A salt inhaler is a handheld ceramic or plastic device filled with rock salts. The salt inside the device disperses salt particles into the air. Breathing through the inhaler helps disperse the salt particles into the lungs.

Salt Lamp

A salt lamp is a compacted natural salt deposit carved into a lamp. A light bulb is fitted inside the lamp, warming up the device to disperse the salt particles into the air. Some practitioners believe that the lamps release negative ions of sodium chloride too.

Salt lamps are not just effective in treating breathing problems, they look stylish too. When it lights up, the lamp also provides ambient illumination into the room. That said, salt lamps are not as effective in treating respiratory diseases as other Halotherapy methods.


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