December 4, 2019 Does salt therapy help?
It's that time of year again: the dreaded cold and flu season. Both the cold and the flu, which originate from different viruses, become more prevalent when temperatures drop. Why? People often spend increased time indoors, causing these viruses to spread more easily. Furthermore, a decrease in vitamin D, due to fewer sunlight hours in winter, also impacts the immune system. Ultimately, this makes people more susceptible to catching these nasty viruses.
Whatever afflicts you this season, be sure to consult your medical professional for the best road to recovery. Staying home and resting is key to feeling better once you've gotten sick. If you're at the stage where you're not quite in the throes of sickness, there are many steps you can take. Of course, washing your hands and avoiding large crowds are well-known prevention techniques. Moreover, many health professionals recommend getting the annual flu vaccination. And others argue that strengthening your immune system is a great way to bypass the viruses. If the virus is oncoming, there may also be ways to stop it in its tracks. Research suggests that taking a nice hot shower may provide relief for some of your symptoms. The same goes for breathing in menthol or eucalyptus oil from a bowl of steamy water. Both these methods share a similar principle to those of halotherapy, or salt therapy. This spa and wellness treatment encourages users to breathe healing properties deeply into their lungs. While you're still healthy, or if you're starting to just notice the beginning stages of a cold, you can enjoy salt therapy as a way to relieve congestion and inflammation. Just ask Vogue writer Lauren Lipton who swore that halotherapy stopped her burgeoning cold.
According to research from 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 reduces lung disease." Simply put, breathing in the saline-rich environment of a salt room clears congestion by thinning mucus blocking the airways. Salt rooms use halogenerators and water cascades to disperse rich salt ions containing nutrients and minerals into the surrounding environment. These nutrients include calcium, magnesium and potassium, and carry various healing properties that are passed on to the user. Once absorbed into the lungs, these particles make their way throughout the body. They're great for dissolving blockages in the airways and lungs, clearing the sinuses and allowing for deeper breathing. Halotherapy has of course been credited for helping cold and flu sufferers. But it has also been recognized for alleviating symptoms in those suffering from asthma, allergies and even COPD. Furthermore, the tranquil and calming environments found in salt caves also have the added benefit of providing relaxation. And this can go a long way towards helping you improve your overall sense of wellbeing. That's why many health and wellness centres are adding salt therapy to their list of services. It gives them the opportunity to provide a holistic wellness approach. So, before you resign yourself to the fact that these common viruses will afflict you this winter, be sure to look to solutions like halotherapy to complement your physician-prescribed healthcare routine. You might finally see some relief from this year's cold and flu season.
The benefits of salt therapy are vast. Our clients have been experiencing some amazing results in the cave. For relief from colds and coughing, to breathing easier with nasal issues, for having more mental clarity and more. And, and it's relaxing - not a bad "side effect".
Stay salty, Arianne
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Version Weekly states that halotherapy "was developed after research, proved that the micro-climate in natural salt caves had a positive effect on respiratory health and skin."
ResearchGate.net concludes, in their study, "the medicine based upon salt is partially confirmed by the fact that the halo-therapeutic practices still exist in Moldavia today", and "(t)his validity is also confirmed through the biochemical scientific analysis of these practices."
One study by the Journal of Aerosol Medicine, Vol. 8, No. 3 found that patients with respiratory diseases showed improved symptoms after 10 to 20 one hour salt therapy treatments.
Europe Pubmed Central produced a study that found that halotherapy helps improve those suffering from chronic bronchitis.
Yet another study by the Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research concluded that halotherapy can help asthmatics who struggle with their symtoms during the night.
This study conducted by several licensed medical doctors concluded that halotherapy seemed to help asthmatic children between the ages of 12 and 13.