Saline Therapy Benefits and Side Effects: Is Halotherapy For You?
Find out what this centuries old therapy can do for you.
With halotherapy or saline therapy’s popularity rising and as we see more and more wellness centers offering these services around the world, many may be misled to believe that it is simply another trend. However, halotherapy has been around for centuries.
For millennia, monks have trusted salt mines to treat respiratory ailments. One of the first documented uses of saline therapy dates as far back as twelfth century Poland.
Safe and non-invasive, halotherapy is a natural alternative treatment used in medical field and the spa industry all over the world. It has been studied that the negative ions in salt have tremendous health benefits. Calming and relaxing, it is known to balance the effect on our autonomic nervous system. Additionally, the negative ions are also beneficial in increasing the oxygen flow in the blood, blood purification and strengthening the immune system in the body. It helps improve digestion and also promotes cell rejuvenation.
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This natural treatment occurs in a controlled air medium that simulates the microclimate of natural salt caves by dispersing dry salt gradually and in low concentrated amounts. Halotherapy is used for the treatment of the following:
- Chronic bronchitis
- Cough and cold
- Cystic fibrosis
- Ear infections
- Hay fever
- Headaches and migraines
- Smoker’s cough
- Various viral infections
- Benefits of Halotherapy
- Respiratory System
Acting as a “bronchial brush,” dry salt particles help clear micro-organisms from the bronchi. The sodium ions in salt have anti-inflammatory properties that treat inflammation in the respiratory system and other conditions such as chronic bronchitis, asthma, seasonal and dust allergies, and sinusitis.
Halotherapy assists in the healing of lungs in smokers who have since quit the habit. It helps to improve lung function, stamina and lung capacity which enhances performance and endurance for athletes or anyone who engages in sports. It is also observed that salt therapy aids in the treatment of cystic fibrosis in the lungs.
Bronchi Before and After Halotherapy
Some of the skin conditions which can be treated through halotherapy include psoriasis, acne, eczema, dermatitis, and edema. But beyond treating skin conditions, this therapy has been used for aesthetics to enhance the beauty of the skin. Those who use it for beautification claim that halotherapy leaves their skin softer and clearer after every treatment.
Because salt naturally produces negative ions, halotherapy has been observed to induce the “clarity effect.” Halotherapy is used to treat stress, fatigue, anxiety, headaches, lethargy and even depression. Spas offer halotherapy sessions to induce relaxation for overall wellness.
Side Effects of Halotherapy
There have been reported cases of some people experiencing an increase in coughing after the salt therapy treatment. However, it was noted that this usually occurred in people who had accumulated mucus and the coughing was in fact, the body’s natural defense to expelling the mucus from the body.
In very rare cases, individuals have experienced eye irritation or conjunctivitis.
Because this form of therapy is natural and invasive, halotherapy is safe for children and adults. In fact, because many children suffer respiratory problems, parents want to explore drug-free, natural alternatives to medication.
It is even safe for pregnant women who avoid relying on over-the-counter or prescription medicine to relieve them sinusitis, asthma, allergies, and other respiratory conditions.
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