How Does Salt Therapy Work?
Salt therapy, also known as halotherapy, is an alternative therapy that uses salt to promote better respiratory health. Salt therapy is said to help with health conditions such as allergies, asthma, bronchitis, and other respiratory problems. People have been using salt therapy for centuries, and there is now both anecdotal and clinical evidence to support its efficacy.
Salt therapy works by creating a microclimate that is similar to that found in a natural Himalayan salt cave. When you enter a salt therapy room, you will be sitting in a comfortable chair while inhaling microscopic particles of dry salt. The dry salt is said to help cleanse your respiratory system, detoxify the body, and reduce inflammation, among many other health benefits.
There are two types of salt therapy: dry salt therapy and wet salt therapy. Dry salt therapy uses a halogenerator, which grinds up pharmaceutical-grade salt into microscopic particles and disperses them into the air. Wet salt therapy uses a nebulizer, which turns saline solution into a fine mist that you can inhale.
What Are the Benefits of Salt Therapy?
Salt therapy is said to offer a number of benefits for respiratory health. These benefits include:
- Relief from allergies
- Relief from asthma
- Relief from chronic bronchitis
- Relief from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- Relief from cystic fibrosis
- Boosts the immune system
- Reduction in anxiety and clinical depression
- Improved energy output and athletic performance
If you’re considering trying salt therapy, it’s important to speak with your doctor first, as it is a supplemental therapy, and should not replace any therapy or medication prescribed by your local medical physician.