Aerosol Salt Therapy
Aerosol Salt Therapy and Its Beneficial Effects in Respiratory Diseases
While not as popular in the west, the benefits of salt therapy (also known as Halotherapy or speleotherapy) are recognized and documented in the many countries of Europe. Halotherapy uses dry rock salt in a salt room, forming an aerosol to treat respiratory diseases and improve lung health. It seeks to replicate the conditions of speleotherapy (from Greek speleos, meaning cave) which is often practised in the old salt mines of Eastern Europe going back to the early 19th century.
In the mid 18th century a Polish health official – Felix Botchkowski, noticed that salt mine workers fell ill to lung diseases much less often when compared to others. Following these observations, he went on to write a book on the effects of salt dust in 1843. Furthermore, his successor M. Poljakowski also founded a Salt Spa in Velicko near Krakow, which is still in operation to this day. During the second World War, salt mines were often repurposed as bomb shelters, manufacturing facilities, and storage houses. Interestingly, the individuals with asthma assigned to work in these mines experienced notable improvements with their conditions. As a result, numerous salt sanatoriums were established across Europe, including in countries like Austria, Hungary, Poland, Romania, and Russia.
An alternative way to treat respiratory disease
Halotherapy belongs to physical therapies, a non-pharmacological and non invasive method of treating disease. In the former Soviet Union, medical researchers engaged in concerted efforts to develop physical therapies to avoid the high costs and side effects of pharmacological therapies. Hence, Russia became the world leader in the development and testing of new and increasingly effective physical therapies. Since, many clinical trials focused on Halotherapy and it’s proven to be efficient in treating chronic bronchitis and asthma. It’s also proven to be very effective across a variety of upper and lower respiratory tract diseases.
Respiratory diseases are a major cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. As most pharmacological therapies of respiratory diseases only have palliative effects as well as many significant side effects, (especially corticoids or steroids) a physical therapy like Halotherapy is great alternative option.
In many countries in Eastern Europe salt therapy plays an important role in the treatment of chronic respiratory diseases. Here are few speleotherapy places: Romania (Sovata with 7 salt lakes, Ocna Sibiului with 52 salt lakes), Poland (Wieliczka), Germany (Teufelshöhle), Austria (Hallen, Solzbad-Salzeman), Armenia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Hungary, Russia, Slovenia, Ukraine, Nakhichevan mines in Azerbaijan. Salt therapy works well without any known side effects and even pregnant women and infants can participate.
In Europe, salt therapy is even covered by the public health care system. Romania has many salt lakes, all very well known in the treatment of infertility, metabolic diseases, and skin diseases. These salt lakes form by the collapsing of salt cave ceilings. They all have different salinity levels, increasing with depth – from 9g/l to 320g/l.
Unfortunately, speleotherapy also makes a great demand on patients’ time. The salt mines aren’t conveniently located for most people and the total cost is significant.
The salt therapy device
Fortunately, a Romanian inventor put his mind to work and developed a device that is able to reproduce a speleotherapy micro environment in your home in an affordable and convenient way. Internationally recognized, with Gold and Silver medal at “Salon International des Inventions”, Geneva and “World Exhibition of Innovation, Research and New Technology”, Brussels, this Romanian invention brings new hopes in the natural treatment of chronic respiratory diseases.
The device is an air salinizer that uses forced ionization of the indoor air by salt sublimation creating a micro climate of dry aerosol salt therapy in your living space. It uses a natural process of salt crystallization to obtain salt micro crystals under 5µm in diameter, invisible to human eyes, but able to penetrate deep into the lungs. The device uses only natural salt from within the Mountain of Salt, untreated or touched by human processing technologies.
Based on clinical studies, the inhaled saline is antibacterial, mucokinetic, and hydrophilic. Furthermore, it has anti inflammatory properties, reduces inflammation in the whole respiratory tract, and absorbs edema from the mucosa lining the airway leading to widening of the airway passages. It also restores normal transport of mucus and unclog blockages in the bronchi and bronchioles leading to the rapid elimination of residual tar and foreign allergens. Edema of the nasal mucosa, the oropharynx and soft palate, causing nasal obstruction and snoring is also diminished by the widening of the airway passage in the nose and the tubes of the sinuses. This improves sinus drainage and reduces snoring. In the ear, the edema of the Eustachian tube that causes ear infections is also diminished, leading to widening of the canals, better drainage and better aeration behind the tympanic membrane. All of these things are done naturally and without side effects!
Salt therapy has been found to have beneficial effects in the treatment of:
- Asthma and Chronic Bronchitis
- COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
- Allergic Rhinopathy or Hay Fever
- Cystic Fibrosis
- Ear Infections
- Smoking Cough
- Various acute or chronic respiratory disease
- Reduces snoring and activates better sleep by clearing the airway passages in oropharyngeal region
- Increases resistance to Cold & Flu by opening and clearing the nasal airway and improving the drainage of the sinuses
- Increases the immunity of the whole respiratory system against infections and sensitivity to allergens
- Humidifies the bronchial secretions reducing broncho-spasm and facilitating elimination of the smoke residual tar, phlegm expel and other allergens
- Improves the quality of the indoor air by eliminating the dust, cigarette smoke, bad odours, mould and mites, having bactericide reduction properties.
Salt therapy is a natural method of therapy, has no risks and is finally adapted to the living space. However, this is NOT a substitute for medical treatment. It should only be used beside classical medical treatments prescribed in asthma, COPD or cystic fibrosis. Salt therapy helps to improve the quality of patients’ life, reducing the antibiotics or steroids intake. It reduces the rate of annual hospitalizations and the frequency of asthma attacks.
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