Halotherapy a Natural Remedy For Treatment of Respiratory, Dermatology and Cosmetology Problems


Sink into a chair, relax and breathe in the salt air. You aren’t at the beach, but rather in one of a growing number of indoor salt rooms where small salt particles can soothe respiratory and skin conditions.


Halotherapy (Halo=Salt in Greek) or salt therapy uses dry aerosol of salt micro particles and minerals to treat respiratory ailments by replicating conditions of treatment that has been practiced in European salt mines since the early 19th century. Hlotherapy is a physical, non invasive, drug free and safe therapy providing effective long-term relief from respiratory ailments. Halotherapy works by clearing the airways of mucus and reducing inflammation triggered by allergies to dust, pollen or pollution. It can be used as a complementary treatment to prescribed medications or as a sole treatment. When Halotherapy is used as a complimentary treatment, it can increase the effectiveness of prescribed medications, and decrease their amount.


In 1958 in the salt mines of Velichka, Krakow province, the first salt medical resort for patients with lung diseases was founded. Today Speleotherapy has become a conventional effective non drug method of treatment. In many countries Speleotheraputic clinics have been created on the basis of naturally occurring salt caves Austria (Salzebad-Salzeman), Poland (Velichka), Romania (Siget), Azerbaijan (Nakhichevan), Kirgistan (Chon-Tuz), Russia Perm area (Berezniki) Carpatho, Ukraine (Solotvino), Ukraine (Artemovsk, Donetsk area) and Byelorussia (Soligorsk). It has been determined that indoors it is impossible to create the atmosphere like in the salt caves only covering walls and floor with salt. Modern theory and practical experience proved that to create therapeutically atmosphere in the Halochamber or Salt Rooms special aerosol equipment is needed, that is Halogenerator – the generators producing salt aerosol in adequate amounts. First Halogenerators were developed at St. Petersburg University, Russia. Walls with salt coating fulfill auxiliary functions like mental and emotional impact on patients, some maintenance of temperature and moisture conditions, air purity and noise absorption.


Very important factor in the effectiveness of Halotherapy is negative ionization of dry salt aerosol micro particles. Negative ions are very beneficial for humans. In certain hills and mountain areas nature produces high concentration of negative ions. In part this is because in the mountains there is less dust in the air to consume the negative ions. Throughout history mankind has gone to hilly areas to rest and recuperate, particularly from respiratory diseases.


The energy in moving waters also generates a lot of negative ions. As a waterfall is tumbling over rocks or waves are crushing on the seashore, the positive charge remains in the larger drops and the negative charge flies free with the fine spray, forming negative ions. At waterfalls everybody swimming and breathing in the mist usually laughs and talks loudly, and that is because they are absorbing Life Force in the form of negative ions and oxygen.


Experiments showed that cilia of the trachea, or windpipes, are stimulated by negative ions and depressed by positive ions. Human cilia are microscopic hairs that maintain whip like motion while cleaning the air we inhale of dust and pollen and other matter that should not reach the lungs. Another tests, on athletes subjected to negative ions environment demonstrated considerable improvement in general physical and mental tone, in cheerfulness, energy, appetite, and in the ability to sleep soundly.


The beneficial health effects of the microclimate of salt mines have been known for centuries. Even before they were first described in a book published by a Polish physician Feliks Boczkowski in 1843. Since then, the practice of bringing patients with respiratory diseases down to the salt mines for healing spread throughout Europe, and it has become a standard feature of Spa treatment of respiratory diseases.


In the 1980s Eastern European scientists began to build Salt Rooms chambers that re-created in clinics and other above ground facilities the microclimate of salt mines. These Salt Rooms have floors and walls lined with rock salt. Patients sit in the Salt Room for 45 minutes per session while music and aesthetical, natural environment creates a relaxed mood that promotes healing. During the session Halogenerator produces negatively charged salt aerosol and pumps it into the Salt Room where patients breathe it in. The amount of salt inhaled during the session is very small and 100 times less than daily salt requirement by the human body.


Regularly attending salt sessions may help treat many conditions, including chronic respiratory inflammation, nervous conditions such as ADHD, relief from skin disorders such as eczema and psoriasis, ear infections and joint pain from arthritis, and bland-tasting skin, snoring, insomnia and frequent colds.