What is Salt Therapy?
 Salt Therapy, otherwise known as Halotherapy, is a powerful, natural treatment in a controlled air medium that simulates the natural salt room microclimate to treat respiratory and skin conditions. This is no health fad – from the ancient Greeks to modern-day doctors, medical experts have championed its amazing effects.

What is a Salt Room?


A SALT ROOM is a specifically designed room where you enjoy a session relaxing in a chair, reading a book or even taking a nap while relaxing to the calming background music playing in the room. A patented machine called a halogenerator produces dry saline aerosol by mechanically crushing rock salt grains to the size of 1 to 5 micrometers. The generator is installed on the outside wall of the salt room. The dry salt aerosol is blown into the room via a small opening in the wall. The salt-filled room provides a negative ion environment (like the seashore), which contributes to well being and promotes stress reduction in addition to helping your particular condition. These small particles of salt are negatively ionized and bear very high kinetic energy. This way they can travel into the deepest and smallest parts of the lungs. Negative ionization of salt aerosol increases the efficiency of healing. Inhaling the micro-salt particles assists you in expelling mucous and helps open constricted airways. It also boosts the immune system.

Picture of salt therapy room salt machine

How Does it Work?

Salt therapy proponents claim that salt cleanses the respiratory system and speeds up the elimination of toxins. Salt has the following properties:

* Antibacterial

* Anti-inflammatory

* Loosens excessive mucus and speeds up mucociliary transport

* Removes pathogens (ie., airborne pollen)

* Reduces IgE level (immune system oversensitivity)

Salt particles penetrate deep into the lungs to treat damaged tissue. Sometimes symptoms subside for up to 12 months following salt therapy.


What conditions are improved by salt therapy?


* Asthma

* Allergies

* Chronic ENT illnesses (ear-nose-throat)

* Bronchitis

* Frequent ear infections

* Frequent colds

* Allergies to industrial and household pollutants

* Hay fever

* Smoker's cough

* Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

* Cystic Fibrosis

* Pharyngitis

* Sinusitis

* Rhinitis

* Tonsillitis

* Snoring

* Sleep Apnea

When should salt treatment be avoided?


* Infections accompanied by fever

* Patients who have cancer

* Patients who have or have had a tuberculosis

* Patients who have cardiac insufficiency

* High blood pressure diseases  / hypertension in IIB stage

* Acute stage of respiratory disease

* Chronic obstructive lung diseases with 3rd stage of chronic lung insufficiency

* Intoxication

* Bleeding

* Spitting of blood

* All internal diseases in decompensation

How Often Do you Need Salt Therapy?
 Every experience is different and it depends on the type and severity of your condition. Generally speaking, to maximize the healing process we typically recommend a course of 12-15 treatments over a period of 8 weeks. You may feel some improvement after one session, but a series of treatments is best for longer-term results. After a series of treatments your breathing will become easier and symptoms such as sneezing, coughing, and shortness of breath will improve noticeably. People also come for treatments as a preventative measure. Salt therapy is most prevalent in Russia and Eastern Europe, where doctors have routinely prescribed it for over a decade. While every session is beneficial, multiple sessions allow most people to experience a period of remission from their conditions. The following is a list of conditions and the suggested number of consecutive sessions, as used in Russian clinics and health spas. These numbers should not be treated as prescribed medical standards, but rather as suggested guidelines for treatment based on research (see citation below). Visitors to City Salt Spa should be attentive to their own unique needs/conditions and make decisions about treatment based on the way their bodies respond. 
All treatment times are over an 8 week period unless otherwise noted: * Asthma – intermittent, mild (12-14) * Asthma – moderate, severe (18-21) * Acute bronchitis (12-14) * Recurrent bronchitis (12-14) * Chronic obstructive bronchitis (18-21) * Pneumonia after acute stage (12-14) * Bronchiectatic disease (20-25) * Cystic fibrosis (20-25) * Respiratory infections, influenza (5-7 Treatments or 2x per week for prevention) * Vasomotor and allergic rhinitis, rhinosinusopathy (14-18) * Chronic pharyngitis and tonsillitis (14-18) * Adenoiditis (14-18) * Chronic sinusitis (14-18) * Acute sinusitis (3-5) * Hay fever (12-14) * Multi-chemical sensitivity syndrome (12-14) * Smokers (12-14) * After contact with industrial and household pollutants (12-14) * Skin pathology (8-25) Sources: MINISTRY OF PUBLIC HEALTH OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION, Halotherapy Application in Treatment and Rehabilitation of Respiratory Diseases, Methodical Recommendation No. 95/111, Moscow 1995 Methodical recommendation was discussed and approved by the Scientific Board of the Institute of Pulmonology of the Russian Federation. Clinical-Research Respiratory Center, St. Petersburg – Doctors A.V. Chervinskaya, S.I. Konovalov, O.V. Strashnova, N.G. Samsonova Institute of Pulmonology of the Russian Federation, Moscow – Doctors A.G. Chchalin, I.D. Apulcina, I.E. Furman, A.A. Bondarenko, M.V. Samsonova

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