Salt Healing – feeling relaxed and having the best night sleep ever
If you have ever spent the day at the beach breathing in the salt air, feeling relaxed and later having the best night sleep ever. You will soon know why salt rooms are so popular. Eastern Europeans have long thought that just sitting in naturally occurring salt caves could relieve allergies, asthma, eczema, hypertension, ulcers and stress. Simulated caves have been built in the in the U.S.
You read about salt caves and their benefits for respiratory ailments first on Spavelous, recently, you may have seen them featured on The Doctors television program. Many of salt caves are located in the Chicago area. The large Polish population it has been the epicenter of the trend and bring the salt to the USA from mines in Poland. The caves draw clients from professionals just wanting to chill out after a hard day at work to people with more serious ailments.
Because medications used to treat many breathing conditions often have undesirable side effects both clinicians and the public alike are increasingly turning to drug-free alternatives. Halotherapy (from the Greek, “halos”, salt) is a mode of treatment that takes place in a controlled air medium (the “cave”) which simulates a natural salt cave microclimate.
Speleotherapy treatment taking place in natural salt caves has been around for generations. The efficacy of Speleotherapy is associated with the unique salt cave environment, and the natural dry sodium chloride aerosol (salt) is considered to be the major curative factor of this microclimate.
Halotherapy reproduces this natural salt cave environment. Patients sit in lounge chairs in a room that resembles a salt cave. The walls and floor are covered with salt, and the air they breathe contains tiny salt particles that penetrate deep into the respiratory tract. The salt particles are produced by state-of-the-art medical technology. This inhaled “salt air” is the curative aspect of the treatment.
According to the clinical studies published in The New England Journal of Medicine, inhalation of hypertonic saline produces a sustained acceleration of mucus clearance and improved lung function. This treatment may protect the lung from insults that reduces mucus clearance and produces lung disease.
Speleo/Halotherapy is beneficial for numerous breathing conditions and symptoms, such as chronic bronchitis, sinusitis, shortness of breath, chest tightness, coughs (particularly at night or after exercise), wheezing, respiratory allergies, rhinitis, tonsillitis, pharyngitis, colds, influenza, smoking related cough, frequent acute disorders of respiratory tract and multichemical sensitivity syndrome, among others. The therapeutic effects have been proven by biochemical, immunological and microbiological research.
The following are the primary contraindications:
- Acute stage of respiratory diseases
- Chronic obstructive lung diseases with the 3rd stage of chronic lung insufficiency
- Cardiac insufficiency
- Spitting of blood
- Hypertension in IIB stage
- All internal diseases in decompensation
Since our report, several spas in other parts of the country have installed salt breathing rooms. And the Florida-based Silesia Group builds salt rooms for private homes and sells portable salt caves for the backyard. The atmosphere helps regulate your breathing, and alleviates stress. If you want something a little smaller or closer to home, then try the salt lamp.