What is Halotherapy?
Struggling with a skin disorder, respiratory distress, or similar ailment? Time spent relaxing in a professionally-controlled salt cave may do the trick. Halotherapy is the use of salt vapor to treat skin irritations, respiratory illnesses, and mental lethargy. The term “halotherapy” comes from the sub-word “halo”, which means salt in Greek. Monks have successfully used halotherapy for centuries as a natural health remedy. Today, halotherapy centers are popping up in cities across the world due to their long, proven track record. Also known as salt therapy, halotherapy has been deemed a safe treatment for men and women who prefer a natural alternative to traditional treatments.
You may be thinking ‘what’s so special about salt?’ Salt has numerous health advantages that make it an excellent treatment option for certain respiratory, skin, and mental ailments. Its anti-bacterial meaning it inhibits the growth and multiplication of bacteria. Salt is also mucolytic, which is beneficial for loosening up mucus and phlegm for relief from a variety of respiratory illnesses. It has also anti-inflammatory properties. Studies have shown that people with airborne allergies, cystic fibrosis, sinusitis, and chronic upper respiratory conditions experienced improved symptoms after halotherapy.
After decades of research and studies performed around the world, halotherapy has been found beneficial in the treatment of:
- Chronic bronchitis
- Smoker’s cough
- Allergic rhinopathy or hay fever
- Viral infections
- Cystic fibrosis
- Ear infections
- COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
- Colds and coughs
- Ear, nose, and throat illnesses
How It Works
During halotherapy, you’ll relax in a salt cave as a generator converts sodium chloride (salt) into aerosolized form. The generator pumps the aerosol salt into the salt cave where the patient breathes it in and it coats their skin. The treatment takes approximately 45 minutes, in which time the aerosolized salt provides the patient with its healing properties.
When we say “cave”, we don’t mean a wet, eerie place. The cave creates a relaxing vibe as it’s entirely lined and illuminated with amber glowing salt bricks. A carefully managed micro climate is created in the cave to ensure that you are warm, comfortable, and leave feeling energized. Salt naturally produces negative ions which have a unique clarity effect on your mental health. It has been found to be beneficial in treating stress, headaches, depression, and lathery. It can also dramatically increase your mental alertness, energy, and overall sense of wellbeing.
You may be wondering what type of results you can expect after a session of halotherapy. Most patients who experience the treatment report that their breathing becomes easier and cold-like symptoms such as coughing, sneezing, and shortness of breath are alleviated. Many patients who were once taking prescription medications to relieve symptoms report that they no longer have to take them or take as much to find relief from their ailments. Just a few days after treatment, patients of halotherapy report to feeling much better health-wise. However, it’s important to only undergo treatment in a safe and professionally-run business that uses untreated sodium chloride for dry salt aerosol generation.
Since the healing effects of natural salt mines were discovered in the 1800s, they have been used throughout Europe and eventually in other countries around the world. Halotherapy was created to mimic the natural environment of these salt mines by dispersing concentrated saline aerosol into a treatment room. After a single treatment, halotherapy has the power to reduce inflammation, clear blockages, fight infection, and reduce discomfort. If you’re interested in trying halotherapy for yourself, schedule an appointment at The Salt Room Henderson in Henderson, Nevada. Salt Room is a family-owned and operated business, and the area’s first natural therapeutic Himalayan salt cave.