Salt Cave Salt Therapy Salt Speleotherapy/Halotherapy! Yes or No?

According to believers:

The considerable increase of allergic diseases and reactions and of other serious complications due to the drug therapy explains the interest of clinicians to the development of drug-free methods of treatment. Halotherapy (“halos” in Greek means salt) is one of such methods. Halotherapy is a mode of treatments in a controlled air medium which simulates a natural salt cave microclimate.

The treatment in the natural salt caves (Speleotherapy) has been known since long. The efficacy of Speleotherapy is associated with the unique cave microclimate. The natural dry sodium chloride aerosol is the major curative factor of the cave microclimate. It is formed by the convective diffusion from salt walls. Other factors such as comfortable temperature and humidity regime, the hypo bacterial and allergen-free air environment saturated with aero ions enhance the therapeutic effect.

Speleotherapy has been recognized as a highly effective drug-free treatment method. Great experience in the treatment of patients with various forms of chronic nonspecific pulmonary diseases has proved Speleotherapy to be very effective under the conditions of the salt mine microclimate .

SALT CAVE:


It is a room built mainly of solid salt and other natural and ecological materials which create and keep the unique climate inside. This microclimate is very similar to the one by the Baltic Sea but much more intense as far as minerals are concerned. There are little waterfalls in every salt cave where the solution of salt from the Dead Sea is circulating again and again. This special salt contains 70% of unique minerals that evaporate into the microclimate in the salt cave. A medicine method based on inhalation, which is full of these minerals, is called halo therapy. This method is highly successful as far as various diseases and breathing disorders are concerned. This is because we breathe this healthy air directly, which is the most natural and effective way how to accept all the useful and important minerals.

Many medical researchers prove that the unique microclimate affects the human’s organism positively. Patients who try to cure themselves of many diseases may find their health greatly improving after a few visits. The diseases are as follows:

– Nervousness, depression, tiredness, weak   immunity system
– Diseases of blood system, high blood   pressure, heart diseases, after-heart-attack   diseases
– All diseases of the breathing system, asthma,   allergies, chronic pneumonia
– Diseases of nose, throat, larynx
– Skin disease such as eczema and dermatology diseases such as psoriasis
– Hypo function of thyroid gland
– Indigestion, stomach ulcers, duodenum ulcers

MM Skulimowski (1968), “The microclimatic effect of the subterranean chambers of the Wieliczka Salt Mine in the treatment of bronchial asthma”, Annals of Allergy 26 (2): 66–9, PMID 5638511

Tano L, Tano K. (2004 Nov), A daily nasal spray with saline prevents symptoms of rhinitis, PubMed

Breathing an aerosol of hypertonic salt water (3-7% NaCl) has been found effective as a treatment for the heavy build up of mucus typical of cystic fibrosis.  Benefits of this were first noticed by sufferers who regularly surfed in Australia and so were exposed to the natural aerosol of the salt spray.

The use of saline solution delivered by a nebulizer to treat bronchiolitis in children has also been systematically reviewed. The conclusion was that, “Current evidence suggests nebulized 3% saline may significantly reduce the length of hospital stay and improve the clinical severity score in infants with acute viral bronchiolitis.” – Zhang Linjie,Mendoza-Sassi Raúl A,Wainwright Claire,Klassen Terry P (2008), “Nebulized hypertonic saline solution for acute bronchiolitis in infants”, in Zhang, Linjie, The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (John Wiley) (4): CD006458, doi:10.1002/14651858.CD006458.pub2, PMID 18843717
The salt cave is something like an oasis of fresh air in the heavily polluted environment which we live in.

A microclimatic salt cave is uniquely admired all over the world and is patented.

In the salt crystals can be found several beneficial health components such as:

  1. Iodine: It influences the thyroid function
  2. Calcium: helps build the body’s resistance and regulates the function of the circulatory system
  3. Magnesium: It has influence on the vascular system
  4. Potassium and sodium: They are very beneficial for the skin
  5. Selenium influences the processes involved in aging skin

Structure and Characteristics of the Salt Caves

The floor, the walls, and the ceiling of the salt cave are covered with food grade fine crystal salt. Tons of large salt rocks surround the visitors placed along the walls and also displayed in wooden crates. This salt is dry and clean. To ensure the purest quality, we use Himalayan pink crystal salt.
In order to provide safe and effective treatments, the Halotherapy modality must comply with the standards of Halotherapy.
The medical facility that provides Halotherapy treatment must have:
Proper technology:

  • Equipment-Halogenerator (dry salt aerosol generator) with ability of controlling both aerosol concentration and respirable particle size during Halotherapy session;
  • Proper design of separate (from the clinic’s other premises) heating, ventilation and humidification systems of the Halotherapy complex (treatment room, air lock, technical room);
  • Treatment room size must be in compliance with the Halogenerator aerosol output.

Proper substance use:

  • Untreated sodium chloride must be used for dry salt aerosol generation only.

However:

A 2009 Cochrane summary concluded that there is insufficient evidence to determine whether salt therapy is effective.

Also claims that the treatment is “risk free”, and, while it may seem that Halotherapy has few side effects, there are some  minor risks. Some patients may experience itchy skin in the halochamber, and too much aerosol salt can cause conjunctivitis, although it has been suggested  this is a result of impurities within the salts used.  Sometimes rashes appear in the initial stages of halotherapy treatment which disappear once the treatment progresses. A slight tickling sensation of the throat has been reported by some psoriasis patients which can be remedied by saline water gargles.

There are certain precautions that should be kept in mind. You should absolutely consult your doctor before you start halotherapy if you have: internal diseases in decompensation; severe hypertension; relapsing and massive bleeds of any kind; blood diseases in acute stage; acute stage of respiratory diseases; severe chronic respiratory failure; active tuberculosis; mental disorders and all kinds of drug addiction; malignant diseases; intoxication; cachexia; or pregnancy.

Related:

Time Magazine: Halotherapy: Is Salt Treatment For Real?

Wieliczka Salt Mine

Salt Institute

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

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