1What is Salt Therapy?
Pharmaceutical grade salt is reduced to micron sized particles . Clients simply relax and breathe in the cool, dry salt air. The tiny particles of salt are able to reach the
deepest part of the lungs, sinuses, ears, and pores of the skin where they absorb
and help to remove bacteria, virus, mold spores, pollen and inhaled pollutants.
The salt aerosol also thins the mucus and speeds up the rate at which it is
expelled from the lungs. The respiratory tract and skin is cleared, and
inflammation is reduced thus benefiting the entire body.
2Where did salt therapy originate?
In the mid 1800’s, Polish physicians noticed that salt miners rarely
suffered from respiratory diseases. Many asthma and allergy
sufferers who hid out in the salt mines during the war, emerged
breathing freely. From these observations, speleotherapy (salt cave
therapy) was founded. Today the healthcare systems in many
countries pay for people to spend several weeks per year in the salt
mines in order to prevent, and heal respiratory and skin conditions.
Athletes throughout the world incorporate salt therapy sessions in
their training regimens and it increases oxygenation and endurance.
Throughout the world, we now find halotherapy rooms, built to
recreate the salt cave environment. Special equipment called
halogenerators grind and disperse salt aerosol into the air. One 45
minute halotherapy session is said to be the equivalent of three days
in the salt caves. Many hospitals in Russia treat their respiratory
patients in halotherapy rooms.
3What conditions benefit from dry salt aerosol?
• Breathing difficulties
• Cold/Flu Prevention
• Cystic fibrosis
• Ear infections
• Inhanced endurance and oxygenation
• Hay fever
• Sinusitis/sinus inflammation
• Smoker’s cough (must have quit 3 weeks prior in order to
avoid third hand smoke)
• Snoring / sleep apnea
• Stress and fatigue
4Is Salt Therapy safe for children?
There are no side effects to this treatment and it is safe for children and adults to
use. Halotherapy involves no artificial elements, simply pure salt that acts as a
natural disinfectant for clearer lungs and skin.
5How many sessions are needed?
Many people notice some relief from the first session. However
longer lasting results are found with multiple sessions. Depending on
the condition, 8-20 sessions fairly close together may be needed. Once
symptoms are reduced, the frequency of sessions will depend on the
individual and the conditions they are experiencing.
6What should be worn when receiving salt therapy?
With the few minutes needed for respiratory clearing, and since there is negligible salt dust, what you wear is a non issue. If you are working with a skin issue such as eczema, psoriasis, cuts, scratches, or incisions that need exposure to the salt aerosol, then you can wear anything or nothing in the privacy of your own home.
7When should Salt Therapy be avoided?
Halotherapy has not been studied in depth. My research of over 6 years with clients under a physicians care, and studies of European research since the late 1800's has not found contraindications except for a high percentage of large dusty salt aerosol particles in the 10 micron range and greater perhaps triggering asthma. As a precaution, the associations state that halotherapy is not recommended for individuals with the
• Any kind of infectious disease
• Acute respiratory disease
• Cardiac insufficiency
• COPD with 3rd stage of chronic lung insufficiency
• Coughing of blood/bleeding
• Infections accompanied by fever
• High blood pressure/hypertension in IIB stage
• Any form or stage of tuberculosis
• Chronic kidney disease
If you are unsure if salt therapy is appropriate for you, please
contact your physician
8Is the salt absorbed into the body?
The amount of salt dispensed into the air with the ISR-1000 is approximately 1.2 grams. Of this very little is actually inhaled. This is about the amount of 1/8 teaspoon being aerosolized
With salt therapy, you are inhaling a dry salt aerosol, which enters
your respiratory system, not your digestion tract. The salt particles are
so fine that the amount breathed in is less than what you would find
on one potato chip. Most of that is expelled through breathing,
coughing, or sneezing.
9Are there any side effects?
Typically there are none. Some individuals have experienced a slight
throat tickle, which can be alleviated with gargling warm water after
a session. In cases with an individual that is highly sensitive they can
experience slight skin irritation or red patches; however, they usually
go away after a few sessions.
If you experience increased coughing
that means the salt therapy treatment is working. This is the body’s
way of clearing mucus and toxic buildup. If there is a heavy mucus
build up, coughing and sinus drainage may get worse with a lot of
mucus being expelled between the 4th and 6th sessions as the body
goes into a healing state. Clients generally report feeling much better
after the 6th session.
10Do you need to stop taking medications if receiving salt therapy?
No. You should continue your medications as directed by your
doctor. Since salt therapy is all-natural it does not have any
interactive effects with medications. Often, individuals who undergo
salt therapy will find that they are less dependent on certain
medication and that their symptoms are less frequent and less severe.
You may find that you do not need your inhalers as much, but always check with your physician before discontinuing any prescribed medication.
11What kind of salt is used?
We use pharmaceutical grade salt because it dissolves into a gas and liquid. Clients with compromised lungs such as COPD have difficulty clearing their lungs, and we don't want particles of finely ground minerals to become trapped in the scar tissue and possibly cause later issues.
12How is the ISR-1000 different from traditional salt rooms?
Traditional salt rooms are larger and take more salt aerosol to fill to appropriate concentrations. Most of the time there is salt dust on the floor, chairs, clothes and you. The ISR-1000 was designed to be used in smaller spaces, or in the open, but in close proximity to the machine. The salt aerosol produced is much finer and is able to reach deep into the lungs and sinuses quickly.Thus reducing the amount of time needed to achieve the same results.
With a personal, highly portable unit you are able to eliminate travel time to a salt room, and reduce the amount of time spent 'salting' .
Efficient, convenient, powerful
13Is there research to support Salt Therapy (halotherapy)?
Salt therapy has been researched and studied in both Russia and
Eastern Europe. The first medical study on Cystic Fibrosis has been
conducted in Florida with very positive effects. For a list of research
articles please see The Salt Therapy Association’s website