What Is It? How does it work?
Halotherapy is an all-natural, drug-free therapy that benefits the lungs and skin.
Its positive effects come with the use of dry sodium chloride (salt) aerosol. The 1 to 5 micron sized salt particles are precisely dispersed by a state-of-the-art halo-generator into a specially constructed negatively ionized salt room.
Dry salt aerosol provides anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory effects on the respiratory tract, while helping to thin out and clear mucous and stimulate the body's natural defense activity. The negative ions produced in the salt room, stimulate the bronchial cilia to increase the rate at which it is able to expel mucus from the bronchial passageways. This helps the cleansing ability of the lungs and reduces inflammation.
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.
Patients simply relax in comfortable chairs
and breathe in the salt air.
Halotherapy Throughout History
The benefits of salt therapy have been recognized throughout the ages.
Halotherapy (HT, from Greek halos=salt) uses dry aerosol microparticles of salt and, in one version, minerals to treat respiratory diseases. HT seeks to replicate the conditions of speleotherapy (from Greek speleos=cave), a treatment that has been practiced in old salt mines of Eastern Europe since the early 19th Century.
Centuries ago, European monks noticed something interesting: when they treated respiratory ailments in natural salt caverns, their patients got better faster. The monks produced salt dust by grinding salt rocks against each other, which the patients then inhaled.
Dr. Felix Bochkowsky, the state authority for occupational health in Polish industry in the 1840s, saw the same thing was true with miners: while metal and coal miners battled relentless, deadly respiratory ailments, workers in salt mines were healthier than average people, let alone other miners. In 1843, Dr. Bochkowsky published a book about the health benefits of salt dust. His successor, Mstislav Poljakowski, followed by establishing the first salt clinic near Krakow, Poland, which is still in operation today.
During World War II, salt mines in Germany were used as bomb shelters. During bombings, people often had to remain in the mines for extended periods of time, breathing in the salt dust. Upon leaving, many asthmatics were able to breathe much easier.
By the 1950s, scientific studies (primarily in the USSR) were proving how effective salt therapy is in treating respiratory ailments. Manmade, above-ground Saltrooms provided a controlled environment, and Halotherapy (from “halo”, Greek for salt) became a new option for respiratory treatment.
The first Halotherapy salt chambers opened in the 1960s in Eastern Europe. They were destination health sanatoriums and respiratory hospitals, paid for by the socialized medical system of those countries. As Halotherapy grew more popular in the 1980s and 1990s, health and beauty resorts throughout Europe and Scandinavia began to install Saltrooms and offer Halotherapy as one of their restorative treatments.