European Salt Therapy
Salt Therapy and its European well-known beneficial effects in respiratory diseases
Salt therapy, also known as Halotherapy or Speleotherapy, has long been recognized and extensively documented for its numerous benefits in Europe. This therapeutic approach involves the utilization of finely dispersed salt particles in a dry aerosol form, specifically designed to address various respiratory diseases. It aims to recreate the favorable conditions found in Speleotherapy, an ancient treatment method that originated in the salt mines of Eastern Europe during the early 19th century.
In the mid 18th Century, Polish health official Felix Botchkowski, noticed that the workers of salt mines rarely fell ill to lung disease. Inspired by this discovery, he then authored a book in 1843, delving into the beneficial effects of salt dust. Following in his footsteps, his successor M. Poljakowski established a Salt Spa in Velicko, near Krakow, which continues to operate to this day. Furthermore, during WW2, salt mines were often repurposed as bomb shelters and storage depots. Interestingly, individuals suffering from asthma who frequented these mines reported an improvement with their conditions after spending time there. Today, across Europe, you can find many salt sanatoriums (Austria, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Russia …)!
Halotherapy is classified as a physical therapy, 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 very effective across a variety of upper and lower respiratory tract diseases.
Respiratory diseases cause significant illness and death globally. Existing drug therapies often offer limited relief with notable side effects, particularly with treatments containing corticoids or steroids. Therefore, there is a pressing need for an effective physical therapy like Halotherapy.
While not universally recognized, Speleotherapy proves effective in various countries worldwide. For instance, Romania (Praid, Tg.Ocna, Seiged, Sovata, Slanic, Ocna), Poland (Wieliczka), Germany (Teufelshöhle), Austria (Hallen, Solzbad-Salzeman), Armenia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Hungary, Russia, Slovenia, Ukraine, and Nakhichevan mines in Azerbaijan employ salt aerosol for treating chronic respiratory diseases. This therapy exhibits positive results, even without medical intervention or side effects, making it safe for even pregnant women. These Eastern European nations highly esteem and integrate this therapy into their public healthcare systems. Romania additionally boasts numerous salt lakes, such as Sovata’s seven salt lakes and Ocna Sibiului’s 52 salt lakes, renowned for treating infertility, metabolic diseases, and skin ailments. These salt lakes formed as salt cave ceilings collapsed, exhibiting varying salinity levels, increasing with depth from 9g/l to 320g/l.
First device development and benefits to respiratory health
Unfortunately, speleotherapy also makes a great demand on patients’ time. The mines are not conveniently located for most people so cost is fairly significant.
With its widely recognized benefits, salt therapy spurred the invention of the first home air salinizer. This device employs forced ionization to create a microclimate of dry salt aerosol indoors. Utilizing natural rock salt untouched by human processing, it delivers inhaled saline with bactericidal, mucokinetic, hydrophilic, and anti-inflammatory properties. These properties reduce inflammation throughout the respiratory tract, absorb mucosal edema, widen airway passages, restore mucus transport, and alleviate blockages in the bronchi and bronchioles. The outcome is improved breathing, enhanced blood oxygenation, reduced inflammation in the nasal mucosa and oropharynx, alleviated nasal obstruction and snoring, and improved sinus drainage. In the ear canal, it also reduces edema of the Eustachian tube that causes ear infection, leading to widening of the airway passages, better drainage and better aeration behind the tympanic membrane.
The salt therapy has beneficial effects in the treatment of:
- Asthma and Chronic Bronchitis
- COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
- Allergic Rhinopathy or Hay Fever
- Cystic Fibrosis
- Ear Infections and Otitis
- Smoking Cough
- Various acute or chronic respiratory disease
- Snoring and sleep related problems
- Cold & Flu by clearing the airways, killing bacteria and viruses and improving the drainage of the sinuses
- Bronchial secretions and broncho-spasm by elimination of phlegm and other allergens
- Indoor air quality by eliminating the dust, cigarette smoke, bad odors, mold, bacteria and creating a fresh crisp air
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