Allergy Sufferers can try a new remedy: Salt Therapy

If you suffer from allergies, the kind that triggers inflammation in your sinuses, runny nose, itchy eyes, coughing, sniffling, and headaches — there is a natural remedy that can help alleviate your symptoms — and you don’t need a prescription.

It’s called Salt Therapy, also known as Halotherapy, and it’s been gaining popularity all over the world as a remedy for allergies and a host of other breathing conditions.

Can Salt Therapy Alleviate Allergies?

An allergy is an immune system response to a foreign substance (allergens) that’s not typically harmful to your body. For many people it’s a seasonal problem, known as seasonal allergic rhinitis, or hay fever. It’s triggered around spring time — by pollen, ragweed, lush greenery, fresh cut grass, etc..

The body’s response is inflammation and mucus production within the air passages, the sinuses, affecting the nose, ears and eyes, and can result in coughing, sneezing, headaches, the list goes on…

Halotherapy is typically known as dry salt therapy — where you breathe air that’s been dispersed with micronized pure sodium chloride (salt). This dry salt therapy is commonly known to alleviate symptoms of allergy sufferers.

Inflammation Due to Allergies

The main symptom that is bothersome to many is the resulting inflammation due to these allergic reactions. Inflammation and swelling occur to the lining of the nose and lungs, and the protective tissues of the eyes, causing sneezing, wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, etc..

Salt Therapy Helps You Breathe Easier

Salt is both anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory. As you breathe the salt-rich air, the micron sized dry salt particles begin to absorb the toxins and allergens in your nasal passages and respiratory tract, and eliminate them from the body, resulting in a decrease in inflammation, and a detox of your entire respiratory system.

Does it Work?

Normal vs Inflamed Air Passage
Normal vs Inflamed Air Passage

There are many credible studies proving the benefits of salt therapy.

Here’s one study, conducted by the Journal of Medicine and Life that concludes that salt therapy indicates a positive trigger of “anti-inflammatory mechanism (including anti-allergic mechanisms) and a decreasing trend of the inflammatory process” for allergy sufferers.

This article outlines many other studies that show the benefits of salt therapy.

Besides the studies, just ask anyone who’s tried it. The reviews are unanimous. If you suffer from seasonal allergies, you should give salt therapy a try!