What Is Halotherapy?

Salt Therapy, or halotherapy, is a holistic method that reproduces the microclimate naturally found in a salt caves by dispersing high concentrations of dry salt aerosol into a room.

Halotherapy, or salt therapy is a natural, safe and drug-free method of relief for respiratory diseases. It can be used as a complementary alternative method along with prescribed medications or entirely by itself. It may increase the effectiveness of prescribed medications, and decrease the amount prescribed.

If you have a sore throat, don't you gargle with warm salt water?

Salt is naturally an anti-inflammatory substance. It helps reduce inflammation of the respiratory system and strengthen the immune system. It supports the respiratory system by liquefying the mucus for easier discharge.

Halotherapy, or salt therapy, originated in the salt caves and mines in Europe. A Polish physician, Felix Boczkovski discovered the health benefits of the microclimate of natural caves and mines in 1843. This doctor noticed that the miners did not suffer from lung diseases. It is a therapy that is popular in Europe and gaining popularity in the United States.

In the 1980's artificial salt caves were developed by lining walls with salt blocks. Research showed that these rooms did not replicate the healing microclimate of natural salt caves. Scientists realized that the main curative factor is dry salt aerosol 1-5 microns in size in combination with stable humidity and temperature levels. Halogenerators were developed in the early 1990's and disperse dry salt particles into specifically designed rooms that replicate the microclimate of natural salt caves. In the mid-1990's, Dr. A.V. Chervinskaya, A Russian Pulmonologist, researched Halotherapy further.

    How Does it Work?
It is a mode of therapy in a controlled air medium which simulates a natural salt cave microclimate. The main factor is the dry sodium chloride (salt) aerosol with particles of 1-5 micro meters which are dispersed into the room. These particles penetrate deep into the smallest of airways. When these particles are inhaled, it helps to reduce inflammation in the airways, opens constricted airways, and increases the clearance of mucus.

Sodium chloride aerosol causes bactericidal and bacteriostatic effects on the respiratory airways microflora and prevents the development of inflammatory processes (Simyonka, 1989, Rein & Mandell, 1973). The intensity of this action depends on the concentration of the aerosol that causes dehydration of microbial cells and the impairment of the albuminous structure of the cells killing the microorganisms.
The specificity of this method is the low concentration and gradual administration of dry sodium chloride aerosol. Ideally, the treatment in a halochamber is daily exposure for the duration of 45 minutes to 1 hour. The suggested length of treatment is 12-24 days.
Salt consumption during the procedure depends upon the regime chosen and is about 1-9 mg. Daily average human salt requirement is 2,000 mg.

Halochambers, or salt rooms, naturally create negative ions (like being at the seashore). Negative ions contribute to a feeling of well being and promotes stress reduction. It has healing effects and also its resonant vibration that activates our self-healing and self-regulating powers. Salt can bring our bodies back into its original, balanced state. 

More Information:
Halotherapy in Dermatology by AV Chervinskaya

Halotherapy orginates from Speleotherapy.

Halos, or Hals, means salt in Greek.

Sodium Chloride is also known as NaCl.

There are approximately 84 minerals in Himalayan Salt.

Salt concentration in human blood is 0.9% by volume.