Halotherapy (salt therapy) has been known to help people with severe asthma, bronchitis, and allergies. It involves you sitting a room for about an hour, which is made entirely of Himalayan salts. By breathing it in through your nose for an hour twice or three times a week, you could potentially see some improvement in your respiratory system.
This type of therapy has been practised for over 150 years, and recently more salt therapy rooms have been developed to help people in improving their health. Although it has not been proven that it does actually have an impact on the respiratory system, there is a lot of good feedback from people who have done a few sessions. People find it beneficial as it relaxes them, helps them breathe, helps with headaches, and much more.
What is Salt Therapy?
Salt therapy is much like a relaxing spa where you put your feet up, close your eyes, and relax. It looks like a white snow cave with comfy chairs and sofas. This is only one method of this type of therapy. The others are gargling, drinking, and even breathing saltwater through your nostril. When you’re breathing it in through your nostril, the liquid will come out through the other nostril. This is meant to clear your nasal passage if you are having sinuses issues.
The reason why people like it so much is because it is organic, it is natural. You are not breathing in chemicals or taking medication. It is a natural remedy for issues with breathing or allergies.
What Are the Benefits?
There has been no scientific proof that salt therapy 100% works, but people who have done it for a long period of time say that it helps them breathe better and clears their airways. Not only does this therapy help with breathing and allergies but it has many other benefits also. It can help people with snoring issues, stress, anxiety, and eczema.
When you are struggling with hay fever, sinuses, or asthma what salt therapy does is clean out your system of mucus and bacteria, helping you breathe easier. Salt itself has a lot of benefits, apart from just cooking, in killing bacteria. When you have a sore throat and gargle salt water, it helps with taking the mucus out of your throat.
Dry salt has the benefit of pulling out moisture which has the bacteria affecting you. Once this moisture is out, it helps to open up your lungs and airways, which results in clean breathing. Another benefit is that it helps to clear the skin of acne and any other irritations such as eczema. This is the same as going swimming in the ocean as it is full of saltiness.
What Are the Side Effects?
The only side effect of this type of therapy is developing a cough after treatment. This is purely because mucus is being pushed out of your body, and so after you cough to release it, the coughing will stop. Apart from this, there have been no known side effects of salt therapy.
How Many Treatments Do I Need to Do to See Improvement?
Salt Clinics usually recommend doing on average about twenty-five sessions in an eight-week period. Some doctors prescribe it for much longer. It really varies on what type of condition you have and how badly it is affecting you.
For milder symptoms, a person may need only eight sessions within about two weeks.
Is it Suitable for Everyone?
Salt Therapy is very safe and suitable for all ages. If your child has issues with asthma or has a cold, it is perfectly safe to do salt therapy to help them. It is not a chemical, and so inhaling something natural is very safe and recommended. Children also respond much quicker to sale therapy than adults, and therefore it has a higher benefit for them. It is also non-invasive, and the child can play in the cave while inhaling salt.
What about Salt Inhalers?
If you do not want to sit in a cave for an hour, then the salt inhaler can be useful too. If you have issues of asthma or any other breathing difficulties such as sinuses, or hay fever, the salt inhaler will help just as much as the salt cave would.
The inhalers are very easy to use where you add crystal salts and inhale deeply through your mouth and into your lungs. You should hold the air for a few seconds before breathing it out through your nose. The process can be done for about fifteen to twenty minutes a day. The inhalers or pipes are much stronger than spending time in a salt cave, hence why they should only be used for a short time per day.
Dry vs. Wet Salt Therapy
Wet salt therapy comprises of using saline nasal spray, gargling salt water, and even bathing in salt water. Dry salt therapy on the other hand is basically just sitting in a salt cave. Both have their benefits but sitting in a salt cave is better since the salt is absorbed through your body as well as breathed in through the nose and mouth. Wet salt therapy is more convenient for home use, and if you need quick relief.
Salt therapy is natural and beneficial in many ways, as discussed above. It is suited for all ages, is non-invasive, and helps to treat many varieties of respiratory problems. Not only this but it also helps with depression and anxiety, as well as some skin issues.