The Benefits of Halotherapy

Explore the numerous benefits of Halotherapy which have been a successful tool in compacting skin conditions, respiratory aliments and other illnesses/diseases for over 175 years.

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Asthma

Asthma is defined by doctors as a "chronic inflammatory disease of the airway". It is known to cause symptoms like shortness of breath, chest tightness and coughing and wheezing in individuals.

This respiratory condition has no distinct pattern. Individuals with asthma can experience a variation among one another. For some it can be mild but for others very severe. It may also come more periodically in some individuals than others. Although the variability of this respiratory condition is imbalanced, there are many things individuals can do to make living easier.

Non-Asthmatic Airway vs. Asthmatic Airway

Individuals with normal lung function, have no issues when they breathe. When breathing, air passes in and our of the lungs. However, individuals with Asthma often find breathing difficult during an episode. It is marked by an inflammation in the bronchi of the lungs caused by a "trigger" - allergens, certain drugs and food additives, irritants in the air etc.). If untreated, the muscles surrounding the airways become more sensitive and they begin to tighten and narrow. As a result, this makes it extremely difficult for air to come in and out.

Being an unpredictable respiratory disease, it can affect anyone. This chronic disease once diagnosed must be monitored over an individuals lifetime.

Studies show that it is usually diagnosed in young people. It is approximated that 3 million Canadians are living with asthma.


Asthma Canada (2018). What is Asthma. Retrieved from https://www.asthma.ca


Through Halotherapy, individuals with asthma can alleviate the conditions they endure. Halotherapy in the form of Inhalation therapy can assist individuals to be able to confidently carry out active lives. Such benefits include:

a) Prevention of reoccurring symptoms
b) Killing bacteria that trigger the condition
c) Reduction of Inflammation of the airways
d) Clearing of mucus build up and congestion
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COPD

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is the term used when describing progressive lung diseases like emphysema and chronic bronchitis.

In Chronic Bronchitis the airways become swollen and fill with mucus which makes it difficult to breathe.

In Emphysema the air sacs (alveoli) in the lungs are damaged which makes it hard to breathe.

Characterized by breathlessness, COPD can vary from person to person. Individuals with COPD many also experience frequent coughing (both with and without mucus), an increase in shortness of breath, wheezing and tightness in the chest.

In most cases, COPD is diagnosed in people over the age of 40. However, it is a disease that develops over time. The number one cause of COPD is smoking, which accounts for 80 - 90 % of cases. Other causes include:
- genetic changes
- occupational dusts and chemicals
- second hand smoke
- frequent lung infections as a child
- wood smoke and other biomass fuel used for cooking

Breathe: The Lung Association (2018). What is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Retrieved from https://www.lung.ca/copd

COPD Foundation (2018). What is COPD? Retrieved from https://www.copdfoundation.org/What-is-COPD


Unfortunately, COPD is both progressive and not curable.However, through the use of a Salt Cave and the inhalation of salt, Halotherapy can assist in managing the condition. Some benefits of Salt Inhalation include:

a) Reduction in the need for inhalers, steroids, and antibiotics
b) Breathing is easier after just a few sessions
c) Improved lung function
d) Alleviates sneezing, coughing, and shortness of breath
e) Clears mucus and sticky phlegm from the lungs
f) Increase the resistance to respiratory tract diseases
g) Strengthens the immune system
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Allergies

Allergies are also known as a hypersensitivity disorder in which the immune system reacts a substance in the environment that is normally considered harmless. The substance that causes the reaction is known as an allergen. Allergens can be the product of an array of things from a certain food ingredient to the pollen of a tree. Not everyone experiences allergies but those who do may be allergic to one thing, or a multitude of allergens.

Allergies are usually characterized by symptoms like: sneezing, runny nose, itchy throat and nose, eyes that are red, itchy and watery, and congestion.

There are many types of allergies. The most common being Seasonal Allergies. These allergies occur when the body's immune system becomes sensitive and overacts to an allergen during certain times of the year.

American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (2014). Allergies. Retrieved from https://acaai.org/allergies


Halotherapy can bring much-needed relief for individuals suffering from allergies. Salt is known to be an anti-inflammatory which can remove pathogen agents or airborne pollen and reduces IgE levels which can cause over sensitivity of the immune system.

Halotherapy within the Salt Cave is reported to:

a) Alleviate sneezing, coughing and shortness of breath
b) Strengthen the immune system
c) Clear mucus and sticky phlegm from the lungs
d) help clear congestion
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Bronchitis

Bronchitis often develops from a cold or other form of respiratory infection. It is the result of the inflammation of the lining of the bronchial tubes (which carry air to and from the lungs). Common symptoms that Individuals who contract Bronchitis often cough up thick mucus.

There are two types of Bronchitis;
Acute (chest cold), which last 7 – 10 days and can leave a lingering cough, and the more severe of the two Chronic Bronchitis, a condition associated with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).

Individuals who undergoing a Halotherapy treatment within the Salt Cave may be exposed to benefits such as:
a) Reduction the need for inhalers, steroids and antibiotics
b) Breathing is easier after just a few sessions
c) Improved lung function
d) Reduction in the number of hospital admissions
e) Alleviates sneezing, coughing, and shortness of breath
f) Clears mucus and sticky phlegm from the lungs
g) Increases the resistance to respiratory tract diseases
h) Strengthens the immune system
i) Prolonged remission times
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Cystic Fibrosis

According to data collected by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, there are about 30,000 Americans, 3,000 Canadians, and 20,000 Europeans with CF. ​Cystic fibrosis is a progressive, hereditary disease that causes severe damage to the lungs, and other organs in the body. This disease affects the cells in the body that produce mucus, sweat, and digestive juices. Normally, they are thin and slippery but in individuals with CF, there is a defective gene that causes the secretions to become thick and sticky. In the lungs, the mucus clogs the airways and traps bacteria leading to infections, extensive lung damage, and eventually, respiratory failure. In the pancreas, the mucus prevents the release of digestive enzymes that allow the body to break down food and absorb vital nutrients.

Anecdotal Reports state that for some individuals, salt therapy can bring relief and help prevent symptoms from recurring so frequently. The inhalation of salt particles assists in the breakdown of mucus build-up as it travels throughout the entire respiratory system, going as deep as the alveoli.
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Depression

Major Depressive Disorder (depression) is a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think, and how you act. Depression causes feelings of sadness and/or a loss of interest in daily life activities. It can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems and can decrease a person’s ability to function at work and at home.

Depression can happen at any age, but often begins in adulthood. It is now recognized as occurring in children and adolescents.

If you remember how good it felt as a child to go to the beach, then you'll easily understand how Salt Therapy treatment can potentially help with depression. It is said that 45 minutes in a salt chamber or room is equal to being at the beach for 2 days.  The negative ionization of the atmosphere can leave one feeling invigorated and with a positive attitude.  
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Dermatitis

Dermatitis is a common skin condition caused by inflammation of the skin. There are several different forms of dermatitis, but all are caused by the skin reacting to allergens or irritants. Dermatitis is usually characterized by red, itchy skin that can become blistered and weepy.
 
There are various causes of dermatitis and the cause determines which type of dermatitis a person is diagnosed with. The different types of dermatitis are as follows:
 
For almost 200 years, it has been observed in the Polish salt mines that the salt miners had great skin and did not suffer from dermatitis.  The exposure to pink salt allowed for skin conditions to clear up.
 
It is thought that salt which is both anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial, deposits on open skin areas which:
a) Increases skin ion channels, stimulating cell grown and regeneration.  
b) Balances skin pH and auto flora
c) Reduces harmful bacteria and inflammation.
 
After a series of treatments, the common result as expressed anecdotally is:
d) Decreased itching
e) Decreased or resolved scaling of the skin
f) Drying and healing of small fissures, scratches and exudative symptoms.  
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Emphysema

Emphysema is generally considered under the umbrella of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).  When someone has this disease, it gradually damages the air sacs or alveoli in the lungs. Smoking is thought to be the main cause of Emphysema, but you may have the disease for many years before you develop recognizable symptoms.  Once the air sacs rupture, and deflate, a person may have trouble breathing. There are no ways to cure or reverse the damage of Emphysema once you have it, but you can find ways to help alleviate the symptoms. 

Halotherapy or salt therapy is thought to help to open the damaged air passages allowing the person with Emphysema to be able to breath a little easier whether symptoms are severe or just in the initial stages of the disease. With salt therapy or halotherapy, the salt can be breathed into the lungs, bringing with it the long-recognized attributes of salt.  Anecdotal stories and testimonials note that some persons with Emphysema may see:

a) Reduction in the need for inhalers, steroids and antibiotics
b) Breathing becomes easier after just a few sessions
c) Improved lung function
d) Reduction in the number of hospital admissions
e) Alleviates sneezing, coughing, and shortness of breath
f) Clears mucus and sticky phlegm from the lungs
g) Increase the resistance to respiratory tract diseases
h) Strengthens the immune system
i) Prolonged remission times
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Eczema

Atopic Dermatitis (eczema) is a non-contagious skin condition that can occur at any age, but it is most commonly found in children. The symptoms of eczema include itchy, red, and dry skin caused by inflammation. It is a chronic condition as it is long lasting, and it flares up sporadically. The severity of the condition varies significantly from person to person.  In western medicine it is mainly treated with oral medications, steroid creams, and light therapy also known as photo chemotherapy.

Salt cave halotherapy is one of the leading alternative therapies since it kills bacteria and fungi, is anti-inflammatory and reduces lgE levels so that the immune system becomes less over-sensitive.  This results in less itching.  Essentially salt therapy activates multiple physiological processes within the body.

Moreover, a Pink Salt Floatation or a Pink Salt Therapeutic Salt Bath can assist in alleviating skin conditions such as eczema. During these treatments the body is submerged in Pink Salt Water which essentially becomes a brine when the salt dissolves. Pink Salt assists with skin conditions as it opens the pores and draws out toxins. Moreover, it is full of essential elements which provides many nutrients that helps replenish the skin.
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Sinusitis

Sinusitis often develops after a cold or flu-like illness. It occurs when the lining of the sinuses becomes swollen. This swelling can interfere with the normal flow of mucus which gets trapped in the sinuses, causing an uncomfortable pressure to build up.  In the case of acute sinusitis, the infection develops quickly within a few days, but only lasts a brief time as it is generally gone within a week.

Halotherapy works by: 
a) Killing bacteria
b) Reducing inflammation of the airways
c) It reduces IgE levels, which means the immune system won’t over-react to asthma/allergy triggers.
d) Reduce the need for inhalers and antibiotics
e) Clear mucus and sticky phlegm from the sinuses
f) Increase the resistance to respiratory tract diseases
g) Strengthen your immune system
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Common Cold & Influenza

The Common Cold and Influenza are both illnesses of the respiratory system, but they are caused by different viruses. In general, the flu is worse than a cold as symptoms are more common and intense. A cold primarily affects the nose, but can also affect the throat, sinuses, and larynx. People with colds are more likely to show symptoms of a runny or stuffy nose. Normally, colds do not result is serious health problems whereas, the flu can have very serious connected complications that can result in hospitalization for more severe illnesses like pneumonia. People with the flu tend to show symptoms like fever, sore throat, coughing, and muscle pains.

By undergoing just a few sessions of Halotherapy, Through Halotherapy, individuals suffering from colds or flus can experience relief to their respiratory systems. Treatments can assist in:
a) Opening the Nasal Airway
b) Killing Bacteria and Facilitating Drainage of the Sinuses
c) Combating symptoms like a runny nose, coughing, and congestion by accelerating mucous clearance from the lungs
d) Reduction of stress on the immune system
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Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a common, chronic, and genetic, inflammatory disease. An autoimmune disorder in which the immune system mistakenly attacks normal tissue in the body. This disease speeds up the life cycle of these skin cells. As a result, swelling and quicker turnover of skin cells occurs. In this process, the cell growth is far too rapid and consequently, the build up of dead cells happens. As these dead cells build up, they become silvery-white scales and red patches on the superficial layer of the body; making the skin inflamed, red, and itchy. Other symptoms include soreness, dry skin that may crack and bleed, and swollen, painful, and stiff joints.

Halotherapy, is one of the leading alternative therapies in combatting this condition as it kills bacteria and fungi, is anti-inflammatory, and reduces lgE levels so that the immune system becomes less over-sensitive.  This results in less itching.  Essentially salt therapy activates multiple physiological processes within the body. Taking baths with pink salts is beneficial to skin conditions like Psoriasis.
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Hydration

Hydration is a vital
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Acne

Acne also known as Acne Vulgaris is a long-term skin disease that occurs when hair follicles are clogged with dead skin cells and oil from the skin. Acne is known to have damaging affects on your self-esteem leading to anxiety and depression. Being such a common issue, there are many remedies to reduce and remove acne from your body, however, there is little acknowledgment of drug/chemical free solutions. Through examining detailed research, salt can be a proven alternative to treating acne as it gentle exfoliates the skin.

Halotherapy Treatments that will assist with Acne are:
a) When undergoing a Salt Cave treatment, micron-sized particles of salt contact visible skin which assists in the removal of dead skin from the surface. Dry Salt is absorbent and as a result, it assists in clearing clogged follicles and prevent future acne from surfacing.
b) By exposing your skin to a saturated saline solution, also known as Pink Salt; will assist in combating skin conditions, which will result in visibly softer and cleaner skin.

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