By now, most people have heard of Halotherapy (Salt Therapy) and have noticed Salt Therapy Rooms popping up in most cities around the country.
WHAT exactly is Halotherapy?
Halotherapy, in essence, is a drug-free therapy that utilises Salt to help relieve a variety of ailments. You’ve probably seen a myriad of wellness clinics using the term speleotherapy or halotherapy, so what is the difference?
The difference is speleotherapy is a natural formed underground micro-climate found in caves and mines and Halotherapy is a man-made, artificially produced micro-climate or product that utilises salt.
It was the ‘father of western medicine’ Hippocrates (460BC – 370BC) who promoted the healing benefits of salt inhalation and for centuries salt has been used widely for healing internally and externally.
Whilst Halotherapy, in the form of a salt therapy room, is relatively new in Australia, it has been widely used in Eastern Europe and Russia since the 1980’s and slowly since that time the rest of the world has started to see the value of this form of therapy. In 2007, in Pakistan, within the Khewra Salt Mines, a 20 bed clinic was established to help with respiratory illnesses. It was also around this time that Halotherapy started to enter the SPA industry and Salt therapy rooms made their way into the Western world.
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Halotherapy and Speleotherapy are constantly being researched with favourable outcomes around the globe. In fact, one of the first countries to authorise the use of Halotherapy within any medical establishment was Russia.
HOW does Halotherapy work?
Within Salt Therapy Rooms, microscopic salt particles are transported through the room by a Halogenerator. These particles which can measure between 5 microns and 0.1 microns are breathed into the respiratory system, where the salt then absorbs excess moisture allowing for mucus to be cleared, decreasing inflammation, reducing bacteria and cleansing the sinuses, respiratory tract and lungs.
What ailments does Halotherapy assist?
Studies have proven that Halotherapy is a fantastic treatment for relieving the following conditions:-
Asthma, Hay fever, Allergies, Sinusitis, COPD, Chest Infections, Pneumonia, Bronchitis, Emphysema, Cystic Fibrosis, Upper and Lower Respiratory Tract Infections, Persistent Coughs, Sore Throats, Breathing difficulties, irritations caused by smoking and pollution and a variety of skin disorders.
WHERE can I find a Halotherapy Clinic?
You will find Halotherapy clinics or Salt Therapy Rooms in most capital cities. Simply Google ‘Salt Therapy Rooms’ along with your suburb and you should be able to find one not too far away.
I don’t live near a salt therapy room, can I reproduce the same effects at home?
Yes, you can reproduce similar effects at home with a Salt Pipe/Inhaler. The only difference is, a Salt Therapy room allows the entire body to be bathed in the microclimates dry saline aerosol treatment and the generator is able to produce particular micron sized salt particles. Whereas, the Salt Pipe/Inhaler will produce various sized salt particles (no control of the particular size) and will affect the respiratory system only. The Salt Pipe/Inhaler has the added advantage of being portable and is easy enough to use daily. If you are in the vicinity of a Salt Therapy room, it is a great idea to incorporate both by using your inhaler daily and visiting a salt therapy room when you are able.
What exactly is a Salt Pipe/Inhaler?
A salt pipe is a porcelain inhaler that consists of a compartment filled with Himalayan Salt, placed between two filters.
What salt should I use with the Salt Pipe/Inhaler?
Himalayan Salt mined from the Khewra Salt Mines in Pakistan is the perfect Salt for your Salt Pipe/Inhaler. The Salt found in the mine is part of a salt range that originated approximately 800 million years ago. The Salt from this mine is one of the world’s purest natural forms of salt crystal and contains approximately 84 trace minerals. The act of inhaling the salt can help respiratory ailments and is 100% drug free.
Anytime you want!! Most people prefer first thing in the morning, however, it really is a personal preference. If you are suffering from any of the ailments listed above, you may find more relief from inhaling sporadically throughout the day.
How do I use a Salt Pipe?
It is recommended to use 15-20 minutes daily. This can be in one sitting or broken up throughout the day. It is important to take a deep breath in and then breathe out through the nose. If this isn’t possible, due to sinus inflammation, then remove your mouth from the inhaler and breathe out. It is important that you do not breathe out into the inhaler as even the smallest amount of moisture will cause your salt crystals to dissolve or clump together.
If you find it hard to breathe from the Salt Pipe for 15-20 minutes, to start with, try using it for at least 5 minutes. Gradually, as you progress, add an extra minute until you reach the desired 15-20 minutes per day.
Do I have to clean the Salt Pipe?
The Salt Pipe will only need cleaning when you first receive it or if you find your salt has clumped together.
The first step is to give it a good clean using warm/hot water. Once it is cleaned, it is important to dry it out completely. This can be done by leaving your Salt Pipe for a few days in a warm position or if you need to use it straight away, a hair dryer is an excellent way to rid the Salt Pipe of excess moisture.
Salt is naturally hygroscopic, meaning it attracts moisture. It is important to store your pipe in a dry environment away from any contaminants (eg. Hairsprays, body sprays etc). If your Salt Pipe is clogged and the salt difficult to remove, you will need to remove the plug and empty as much of the contents as possible. Then immerse your salt pipe in warm/hot water until the remaining salt has dissolved, clean the pipe and when completely dry, refill it with the supplied Himalayan Salt and once again, it is ready for use.
WHO can visit a Salt Therapy Room or use a Salt Pipe?
Halotherapy is fantastic for adults and children alike. However, before embarking upon a new therapy always consult a medical professional, especially if you are pregnant or have a pre-existing condition.
For more information on Salt Pipes, contact Melanie’s Holistic Healing at firstname.lastname@example.org
Disclaimer: Melanie’s Holistic Healing makes every effort to provide accurate information. Readers should evaluate the findings for accuracy and up to date relevance themselves. Before attempting to use a Salt Pipe or visiting a clinic that offers halotherapy, readers should consult with a qualified medical practitioner, especially if you are pregnant, nursing or have a medical condition. Melanie’s Holistic Healing cannot guarantee and assumes no legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, up to date relevance or interpretation of the information contained within this article or its personal use. Melanie’s Holistic Healing does not advise, diagnose or treat medical conditions. This information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.