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Natural Awakenings Ann Arbor Michigan


Mar 01, 2018 02:00AM
Salt Cave Provides Natural Therapy

The salt of the Earth may be our salvation. Asthma rates have more than doubled in the past 25 years as the planet’s ecosystems groan under immense toxic loads. The urgency for developing effective solutions for respiratory health is widely understood. As a case in point, childhood asthma is the number one reason for school absenteeism. Chronic sinustitus, COPD and allergies translate into billions of dollars in annual sales of decongestants and anti-inflammatories for the pharmaceutical industry.

Among numerous strategies to confront these academic red flags, keeping in mind a growing understanding of the cause such as pollution, genetics and unhealthy lifestyle practices, halotherapy (salt cave) is an exciting, well-documented option. “Halo” in Greek means salt. It has been used for many generations in Europe, but was virtually unknown in North America. The natural therapy has had exceptional success in confronting respiratory illnesses.

Halotherapy is a drug-free and a natural therapy that occurs in a controlled air climate that stimulates a natural salt cave microclimate. The older term, speleotherapy, means cave, and that’s where the salt came from. Salt mines and the therapeutic properties have been noted since Hippocrates’ time. The first doctor to attribute curative powers to the inhalation saline dust was Polish physician Felix Bochkowsky in 1843.

Many of the European salt caves have been retrofitted into hospital complexes that accommodate hundreds of patients. Salt may be the curative element responsible for clinical improvements for wide range of respiratory diseases, including asthma COPD bronchialiectasis, cystic fibrosis, bronchitis and sinusitis.

Halotherapy stimulates the salt cave environment in a specially designed room. The salt helps maintain air humidity in the room and adds to its bactericidal properties, while the air filtering system ensues air purity. The finely pulverized, dry, sodium chloride aerosol particles are blown into the room as the occupants breathe, where the particles can penetrate deep into the smallest airway branches of the lungs while sitting comfortably receiving a 45-minute relaxing treatment.


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