Halotherapy: The Oldest New Therapy

Modern halotherapy, sometimes called "Dry Salt Therapy", has been around for almost 200 years, and it has existed in various forms since some of the earliest civilizations. And yet research has just recently got around to proving its incredible benefits. Independent of why it has taken so long for the American medical community to accept it, halotherapy is safe, effective, dynamic in its application, and relatively simple.

Halotherapy made its first big debut in modern medicine when Felix Bochkovsky, a Polish health official, made the connection between salt mine workers' constant exposure to pulverized salt and their remarkable clean bill of health. Without yet fully understanding why exposure to the aerosol-ed salts lead to healthy living, thousands of individuals participated in early forms of halotherapy by visiting and spending time in these natural salt caves.

With modern science and research, we now know why halotherapy is so beneficial. And because we know what aspects of it lead to the benefits, we are able to recreate these effects in more controlled and more accessible halotherapy rooms, or artificial salt caves.

Research has shown that it's not the glowing ambiance or the pink-orange Himalayan rock salt covered walls that create the health benefits, (although we can all agree those aspects add to the relaxing atmosphere) but rather the inhalation of aerosol-ed pure medical-grade sodium chloride. In our next article, we will discuss the details of the effects of the salt on the respiratory system and the integumentary system (the skin system, which just might be the most underappreciated organ system).

Due to improvements in research methods and diagnostic tools, studies have found that halotherapy is beneficial for the following conditions:

  • Allergies

  • Asthma

  • Bronchitis

  • Bronchial Infections

  • Chronic ENT illnesses

  • Cold/Flu

  • Cystic Fibrosis

  • Dermatitis

  • Ear Infections

  • Eczema

  • Psoriasis

  • Pneumonia

  • Rhinitis

  • Sinus Infections

  • Sinusitis

  • Smoker’s Cough

  • Snoring

  • Stress and Fatigue

  • Wheezing

Furthermore, Halotherapy also:

  • Can expand the airways for increased oxygen flow and capacity to enhance athletic performance and endurance

  • Is great for actors, singers and others who constantly use their vocal chords

  • Enables better recovery time from physical activity and stress

  • Accelerates recovery from common colds and the flu

  • Is supportive for quitting smoking

  • Revitalizes jet lag

  • Slows the aging process

  • Detoxifies

  • Provides great benefit for pets and animals suffering from upper and lower respiratory conditions

To read more about Halotherapy, visit our informational page.

You can also read or download our Halotherapy Research and Informational Packet.

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