How does the halotherapy, or salt aerosols therapy, work?
Salt aerosols are micro-particles being inhaled through the nose and mouth of the patient which reach the upper respiratory tract (mouth, nasal passages and pharynx) or lower respiratory tract (larynx, bronchi, bronchioles, the lung alveoli). When reaching there, they disinfect mucous membranes, eliminate toxins, restore elasticity of cell membranes and reduce the number of irritating micro-organisms.
What health conditions halotherapy treats / improves?
Inhalation of aerosols treats / improves a wide range of respiratory disorders, as well as disorders caused by stress (sleep disorders and anxiety)
Treatments with saline ions have very goods results for patients suffering from asthma. Asthmatic reactions (attacks) come amid inflammation of airways (the airways narrow and cause the sensation of breathlessness, suffocation). The saline aerosols come to correct the airways reaction by soothening inflammation and helping restore respiratory mucosa. Halotherapy is recommended as early as asthmatic reaction occurs, because salt stimulates bronchial secretion and helps to reduce and eliminate inflammation. It also has a beneficial effect on cough.
Other conditions that can be treated with salt aerosols include asthmatic bronchitis, bronchiectasis (without hemoptysis), pneumoconiosis, chronic tracheo-bronchitis, chronic rhinitis, maxillary or chronic sinusitis, byssinosis, silicosis 1st or 2nd degree, throat polyps, chronic tonsillitis, respiratory failure, restrictive pulmonary emphysema, neurosis, chronic fatigue and various types of allergies.
The overall benefits of halotherapy include:
- increased quality of the inhaled air – the air becomes ionized, ozonized and purified (inhaled air containing calcium, magnesium, bromine or iodine ions)
- salt aerosols have bacteriostatic, mucolytic and anti-inflammatory effect
- local hyposensitivity effect after inhaling of salt aerosols
- relieving action from symptoms caused by various diseases of the respiratory system
- increased immune system
- oxygenation of the lungs and improvement of breathing
- fighting insomnia; improving sleep quality
- mechanism of anti-stress action by inducing a relaxing state
- favoring expectoration by increasing the amount of sputum and secretions in the respiratory tract; increasing cough productivity
- improving and even combating snoring
- increasing the level of serotonin in the body, the chemical that can induce a “good” state (the “happiness hormone”)
- relieving action for symptoms of smoker cough, wheezing or shortness of breath.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Salt has antiseptic properties which destroy micro-organisms, especially mites.
CONTRAINDICATIONS: therapy with saline ions has a number of contraindications: it is not recommended in cases of pulmonary tuberculosis, infectious and contagious diseases, hypertension, Basedow’s disease, heart chronic ischemic decompensation, recent myocardial infarction, angina, epilepsy, status asmaticus (asthma exacerbation = medical emergency) or advanced pregnancy.
What age groups enjoy the benefits of halotherapy?
Due to the antiseptic properties, the air enriched with aerosols can be considered the cleanest and the healthiest on the planet. Treatment with saline aerosols is indicated for all age groups, from children to elderly.
Saline aerosols have beneficial properties on the body by cleansing the airways from outbreaks of bacteria such as staphylococci, especially present in children.
Halotherapy is indicated for both sick and healthy people. Pneumological physicians may recommend salt aerosols inhalations as a way of maintaining health or as an adjuvant to treatment.
How to access salt aerosols therapy?
The beneficial results on health of salt mine aerosol therapy have been first observed in the 19th century. During the 20th century this type of holistic, non-invasive and drug-free therapy was heavily researched and documented, especially in countries having salt mines (Romania, Poland, Austria, Ukraine, Russia etc). Exposure and inhalation of salt aerosols was done inside salt mines, in premises especially arranged for patients.
This practice still exists and it is perhaps the purest form of halotherapy because the salt contained by the salt mines is millions of years old (the Romanian underground salt deposits are estimated to be 20-22 million years old). The salt was deposited as a result of retreating ancient sea waters, leaving behind ancient, pure, non-polluted salt ores.
Due to the inconvenience caused to patients of traveling to the salt mines for therapy, today modern halotherapy is practiced in cities, in special rooms / premises inside health & spa centers, containing walls covered with salt bricks (halo-rooms). There is a wide range of halogenerators products which can be placed within homes. Lat but not least, there is an even wider gamma of portable products used in halotherapy.
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Does halotherapy benefit to the skin?
Salt aerosols are absorbed by the exposed skin in proportions corresponding to the absorption of oxygen and humidity. They are also being absorbed through deposition / precipitation due to atmospheric humidity and temperature difference between the skin surface and surrounding air. Thus salt aerosols enter the skin pores and have beneficial effects on various dermatological diseases such as allergic dermatitis, atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, eczema, skin ulcers and mild burns.
Last but not least salt aerosols helps regenerate skin and reduce wrinkles. It has good results in optimizing skin care and maintaining youthful look.
What minerals does the salt contain?
The chemical formula of salt is NaCl, that is sodium and chlorine in equal proportions. This formula refers only to table salt, which is a refined product deriving from sea salt or mine salt. Table salt is not used for halotherapy, due to its poor content of minerals!
In its natural state, when it results from evaporation of sea water or salt mine extraction (before refining!) salt has a rich and complex chemical formula.
Salt contains 37 chemical elements in its composition, many minerals and particles involved in the hydration and mineralization of the human body, as well as in the normalization of its most important physiological processes.
Main minerals found in the mine salt’s structure:
- iodine (I) – benefic for normal thyroid activity and for the proper functioning of all digestive processes;
- magnesium (Mg) – plays an important role in preventing allergic reactions. It is necessary for assimilation of vitamins, it contributes to stabilizing heart rate and blood sugar levels;
- sodium (Na) – controls blood pressure and maintains the body’s acid-base balance;
- calcium (Ca) – helps in the formation of bone and muscle. It is also responsible for blood clotting;
- potassium (K) – improves metabolism and helps regulate water balance in cells;
- iron (Fe) – helps eliminate toxins from the body through transport of oxygen. It is a part of hemoglobin composition, prevents occurrence of anemia and increases immunity;
- sulphur (S) – plays a basic role in immunological processes and it is absolutely necessary in the synthesis of albumin;
- selenium (Se) – prevents damage caused by free radicals and helps regulate thyroid gland;
- lithium (Li) – reduces levels of toxic chemicals in the body which may cause behavioral problems and irritability;
- manganese (Mn) – contributes to maintaining healthy skin, bone and cartilage;
- ORMUS – monoatomic elements. These free atoms of different minerals have settled within ancient salt on the bottom of pre-historic seas.