March 8, 2012 by EStella.
Filed under: News Asthma, Oral Asthma Medications.
Tags: halotherapy, salt therapy, treatment for asthma, halotherapy benefits, asthma relief, asthma symptoms, asthma medication .
More recently, a German doctor noticed improvement in his asthma patients who had hid in a salt cave to escape bombing. Salt chambers, or halochambers (halo is Greek for salt), are now certified medical devices in Russia, and the therapy has spread to neighboring countries.
The manager of one such halochamber in Canada, the Iris Salt Room, says the number of salt rooms is growing as asthma sufferers try the therapy and obtain relief. The walls and floors of the Iris Salt Room are covered with salt, and a machine called a halogenerator crushes more salt into fine particles and ionizes them. The particles are then released in a mist that carries the salt particles deep into the lungs.
There are more than a dozen salt rooms in Canada, and more under construction. Pyramid Holistic Wellness Centre in Vermont and Breathing Clear in Tampa both claim to have opened the first halotherapy room in the United States. Other entrepreneurs across the country were quick to follow.
Some try to obtain salt's benefits using salt lamps made of a large chunk of the mineral with a bulb or candle inside of it. Other breathe in salt particles through a ceramic pipe with salt crystals in it. There are also desktop halotherapy devices which either disperse fine salt crystals into the air, or have tubes attached for breathing the micro particles in.
Breathing in salt spray is also said to be a good treatment for the heavy mucus build up of cystic fibrosis (CF). This was discovered by Australian CF sufferers who were regular surfers noticed an improvement in their symptoms after breathing in the salty sea air. Halotherapy is also said to benefit allergies, and skin conditions such as eczema, acne and psoriasis.
It's theorized that the salt has antimicrobial properties that reduces mucous build-up, and/or that it restores ionic balance (the equilibrium of acidity and alkalinity) in the body. Although asthmatics who try salt therapy claim they obtain relief from their asthma symptoms and are able to reduce or eliminate their use of asthma medication, there is no scientific evidence of its effectiveness as of yet. Still, salt therapy is expanding simply through word of mouth.
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