- What is Salt Therapy/ Halotherapy/ Speleotherapy?
Halotherapy is a 100% drug-free natural therapy, in a controlled, high dispersion of negatively charged dry saline aerosol microclimate. It is a therapeutic method based on the principle of natural salt mine’s Micro-climate (Speleotherapy), which is prolonged exposure to the specific microclimate of caves and salt mines.
It’s a patented method where dry salt aerosol plays an important role in the relief of respiratory problems, ENT problems, and skin allergies. Salt therapy delivered at therapeutic spas built inside salt mines/caves is known as Speleotherapy.
Dry sodium chloride aerosol containing particles of 1-5 micrometres in size is negatively ionised by a special Halogenerator and released into the Salt therapy rooms. Particles bigger than 5 micrometres are caught in the nose and throat, while the smaller particles can penetrate deep into the lungs.
Negative ionization of salt aerosol increases the efficiency of healing. The air in the room is hypo-allergenic, hypo-bacterial and is very light so it is easy to breathe. Salt is a well know antiseptic and it also has anti-inflammation and mucolytic effects (loosening mucus), Dry salt aerosol produced by a medical device (halogenerator) contains approximately 80% of repairable particles, which eliminate bronchial inflammation, remove pathogens (airborne pollen) and speed up Muco-ciliary movements.
It relieves congested airways, coughs, sleepless nights due to asthma attacks and other symptoms like chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (COPD), asthma, sinusitis and other respiratory and skin conditions.
Our patients normally stop using their antibiotics, corticosteroid, inhalers, antihistamine and other drugs, not because we ask them to, but because they have become symptom-free with proper medication.
One session lasts roughly 1 hour, and depending on the condition of your health, our staff can tell how many sessions are necessary in order to see long term benefits.
While modern pharmaceuticals provide effective relief from chronic diseases, there are serious side effects associated with repeated or prolonged use of antibiotics and steroids. Continuous drug therapy is associated with the possible development of allergic or toxic reactions, development of antibiotic resistant microorganisms, spreading of dysbiosis and long-term immune system compromise.
- How does Salt Therapy work?
Salt Therapy uses state of the art technology – a Dry Saline Aerosol Diffuser/ halogenerator – to reproduce the atmosphere of the salt caves/salt mines with a monitored therapeutic microclimate. The air coming from the medical device is sterile, negatively ionized and saturated with a low concentration of highly dispersed aerosol of dry saline.
Patients need to relax in an artificial salt cave, breathe in the dry aerosol, which is immediately transported to the smallest alveoli, bronchioles and to other parts of the respiratory tract. Once in place, it dissolves and attracts the small impurities which are later either coughed up by the patient or which leave the human body during the metabolic processes via the bloodstream.
The treatment eliminates the root of nearly all inflammatory, respiratory, ENT, and skin ailments by destroying micro-organisms and restoring health naturally without any harmful drugs. It also improve ciliary action and restore its free movement, which later helps to remove mucous effectively. Opens clogged pores and helps in effective circulation of blood even to the smallest parts.
- How is health improvement of the patients manifested?
Salt has its own unique properties of sterility, anti-inflammatory, and anti-microbial naturally. These are the factors which accelerate wound-healing also. Once inhaled, ionised therapeutic salt particles help to clear the respiratory tract and its mucolytic action disintegrate mucous. The anti-inflammatory qualities of salt also help to repair and regenerate tissue, skin conditions, and inflammation of joints.
The lung function improves, and it works in its fullest, as a result of Salt Therapy, the condition of compromised bronchi is restored, breathing became easier and quality in function of breathing improves. This facilitates the normalization of other bodily systems. Due to a fortified immune system, days of sickness will decrease and patients will become more resilient.
In cases of asthma and croup, the inflammation causing spasms of the bronchus will cease and the passage of air through the bronchial tubes will normalise, leading to the reduction in attacks.
- Why Salt Cave do negative ionization?
The dry sodium chloride (salt) aerosol has a considerable level of negative charge of the particles and this is leading to a negative ionization of the air surrounding the salt ions.
The inner surfaces of airways have a slight positive charge, negatively charged particles of dry sodium chloride aerosol move in the lumen of respiratory tract and settle more intensely while neutral particles can’t achieve the desired result. In addition, the negative charge increases aerosol stability and therapeutic action.
- What does it mean that your microclimate is controlled?
Some Salt Caves have a device which blows in aerosol before or sometimes during the session, in these cases, there is no sensor located in the room, therefore the device cannot adjust the size of the particles or the concentration. Obviously these devices cannot personalize the blown-in air to the size or shape of the room, or simply to the needs of the patients with various respiratory problems. Therefore the healing effect will be much lower of a non-controlled microclimate than a controlled one.
In our facility we use laser sensor which receives the data and sends the information back to the device in every second. It can also continuously adjust the parameters in order to provide a stable, efficient aerosol concentration to the room required optimally for the patients’ health benefits.
- How sterile is the microclimate in The Salt Cave?
The microclimate is 3 times cleaner in The Salt Cave than in a sterile surgery room in a hospital. Therefore, it is almost impossible to catch any infection during the therapy. A stable hypoallergenic, hypo-bacterial environment is maintained in the therapeutic room.
The assessment of the microbial contamination during a session of Halotherapy proves that 1m3 contains from 90 – 200 saprophytic microorganisms (according to WHO standards on air sterility, 1 m3 should contain less than 300 microbial bodies).
If, unfortunately, somehow any bacteria get into the Salt Cave and is not be killed by the 2 tons of salt located in the Cave, then due to the 15 minutes ventilation procedure after each session, it would be blown out from the building.
- Why is relative humidity important in the cave?
The humidity has to be in proper range in the room at all times. If the air is too dry or too humid the efficiency of the therapy will drop as the particles cannot get into the smallest parts of the lungs (alveoli). This is why fountains or other water related appliances cannot be installed in a salt cave. The laser sensor installed in the room monitors the humidity and temperature every second.
- What advantages does a Salt Therapy have over the original salt mine cave environment?
Unlike the natural salt mine, in our clinic, the artificial “Salt Cave” with our state-of-art halogenerator, a controlled environment where the salt aerosol concentration, temperature and humidity are constant and the size of the salt aerosol is under controlled condition, this is why its penetration to the smallest bronchiole is possible, the size of the aerosol is monitored every second by our hi-tech laser sensor, and the data is sent to the halogenerator, which further optimises the required factor. The air is hypo-microbial, allergen free and saturated with dry sodium chloride aerosol.
A session in our Salt Cave takes 60 minutes and our patients need few session in accordance with their health condition in a controlled and optimised atmosphere. Meanwhile, in a natural salt cave, people spend 2-3 hours a day, for longer periods where the humidity and temperature is variable.
- Indications for efficient use of Halotherapy:
Healthy or apparently healthy people exposed to the salt atmosphere approx. 30-60 min/ day to obtain the best results of prevention and mineralization of body for 5-7 days/month for few months, or times whenever one’s needs or/and as recommended by our doctors after each patient’s clinical evaluation.
For various conditions, depending on their degree of expression between 30 to 60 min/day for a 14 to 24 days for optimal health benefits, along with other methods of treatment mentioned above.
In the treatment of prevention, especially in periods of change of seasons, when bodies are prone to illness, the therapy can be repeated with its course under medical observation.
- What results can patients expect?
Since 1940, doctors acknowledged that thousands of patients have been successfully treated by Speleotherapy (treatment in natural Salt Caves) in Canada, Russia, Hungary, Romania, Poland, Austria and Germany. After receiving treatments, patients’ breathing became easier, lung function and symptoms such as sneezing, coughing and shortness of breath improved, while prescription drug use decreased significantly.
Salt Therapy at the Salt Cave mimics the natural salt environment of central and eastern European salt mines and patients can expect to experience positive results in as few as 7-30 days.
- Which symptoms can be treated by Salt Therapy?
For detailed information see “conditions” section. As a general, it helps in following
- Respiratory complaints.
- ENT complaint
- Skin complaints.
- Children Problems.
- Old age related complaints.
- Enhances Sports Performance.
- Smoking Cough & Complaints (including secondary smoking).
- Multi-chemical sensitivity syndrome.
- Sleep disorder.
- Get Stress-free life.
- Get Complete Relaxation.
- Feel Revitalised and Rejuvenated.
- I thought salt is not good for us. Why is it good in the lungs?
Eating too much salt is linked to high blood pressure, which can increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes. However, with Salt Therapy you will breathe the dry saline aerosol into the respiratory system, it does not go to your stomach/heart/kidneys.
The concentration is 1-10 mg/m3 is in the Salt Cave and is par lower than normal adult’s daily recommended salt intake, which is 6g/day, from this you can see that the amount of salt going into your respiratory system is really low. Even if you would eat it instead of breathing it that amount would not trigger any issue.
- Why children suffer more often from respiratory illnesses?
The natural self defence mechanism of the respiratory system is not fully developed before the age of 9. During this period even larger particles of pollution can reach their lungs as the cilia cannot filter them out.
The second reason is that children are shorter and breathe air which is more polluted near the ground levels.Children are breathing the air in much more often than adults do, as their heart rate is much faster and need more oxygen for its function. Therefore they are breathing in more polluted air with partially developed filtering system than adults.
- Is Salt Therapy recommended for children?
Salt Therapy is a 100% drug free treatment with no artificial elements. The treatment is suitable for children at any age (as young as 1 month old). Children respond to the therapy very quickly and effectively.
It is very safe! Fighting with flu and colds in infants and small children could give you a hard time. Halotherapy is a real help in such conditions by opening and clearing the airways, get rid of stuffy nose and disturbed sleep during the night. Halotherapy will increase the immunity, resistance to flu, cold and a faster recovery after an episode, if there comes any. It is also useful and harmless for pregnant ladies.
But, we strongly recommend you to take medical supervision from our doctors if the age of the baby is below 6 months.
- How the device helps in a better sleep?
Many people have noticed that they sleep better after the Halotherapy session. This is because it helps in clearing and widening all the airways and sinuses, leading to easier breathing and proper oxygenation of blood. When you wake-up in the morning you’ll feel refreshed and more clear mind.
- How it helps in ear infection?
In the auditory tube, oedema of the Eustachian tube mucosa is very common, causing obstruction and otitis media. Halotherapy helps in reducing it naturally without pain and the symptoms will be diminished, leading to widening of the airway passages, better drainage of the secretions & better aeration behind the tympanic membrane. The inhaled aerosol, which has anti-inflammatory, bactericidal and bacteriostatic properties will help.
- How the device helps in snoring?
For many snorers, it has been noticed that they don’t snore as loud as before or they stop snoring. The sodium ion reduces the oedema and inflammation of oro-pharyngeal tract and soft palate, resulting in improvement and diminishing of snoring.
- Is the therapy also recommended for healthy people?
Yes! Because of its general healthy and hygienic effects.The therapy is recommended not only for people suffering from respiratory or skin or other problems, but also for healthy people to increase the immunity and the lung function.
The therapy affects the flow of secretions of the respiratory passages and strengthens the movements of cilia, allowing the secretions to be removed and cleared quickly. Bringing an easier and comfortable breathing pattern. The Therapy frequently helps in clearing the nasal passages and sinuses diminishes the snoring and obtain a more relaxed and sound sleep and feel revitalised.
- How safe is Salt Therapy?
Salt Therapy is 100% natural, safe and drug-free. It provides effective long-term relief from various illnesses. It can be used as a complementary treatment. The visible effects can be seen as soon as the first session.
It boosts your immunity, its anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties clears congestions of sinuses, increases ciliary movements resulting movement of mucous much easier, Improve lung functions, resolve ENT problems, young & old age related problems, and skin problems giving healthy life.
- Will the salt sting my eyes? My eyes burn and itch from allergies.
The salty air will not harm your eyes because the salt micro particles are very small, under 5 microns with a majority under 1 micron; you cannot feel the salt into air or taste salty.
Also, in Halotherapy, it has been noticed the allergen free micro environment helps to improve and lead to healthy skin due to bactericidal and bacteriostatic properties of the salt.
- Is Saline aerosol contraindicated in low-salt diet? Will it increase my Blood pressure?
No! The salt micro particles are so small that won’t be able to affect negatively a low-salt diet or if you have high blood pressure. When you breathe the aerosol, the total amount of the inhaled salt is extremely small (under 0.2g/day in the first 10 days of usage and under 0.1g/day in the first month). These quantities of salt reach the epithelium surface and are eliminated with the mucus. Considering this, it is estimated that the persons with salt restrictions, would have nothing to worry about.
The action of natural salt is very low, but after ionising, salt’s therapeutic value is unleashed.
- Will Halotherapy interact with other medication?
No, Not at all. The therapy is a complementary treatment and does not interact with any classical treatment, you can have all your prescribed medicines without any complications.
- What are the advantages of Salt Therapy compared to modern way of medication?
Salt therapy is a natural risk free complimentary treatment method, there are no serious side effects associated with repeated or prolonged use.
While modern pharmaceuticals provide effective relief from diseases, continuous drug therapy is associated with the possible development of allergic or toxic reactions, development of antibiotic tolerant species of microorganisms and long term immune system destruction.
To add up to this we are introducing additional alternative methods of treatments like homoeopathy, yoga, meditation, food and nutrition, acupressure, and acupuncture treatment for long term drug-free relief.
- Should I stop all medications, as I feel much better now after using the Halotherapy?
Halotherapy will definitely help you to get rid of your steroids and harmful drugs and improve your lung function along with improvement of your immunity giving you a drug free life. But, you have to consult our doctors before taking any steps like that.
Though this therapy will drastically improve your health conditions and boost your immunity, it is not advisable to stop your medications in early stages even if you get good results.
- Who should not take salt therapy sessions?
If one is having acute outburst of Infections accompanied by fever, severe high blood pressure, Cancer, Renal Disease, Severe Heart Problems, Tuberculosis, Hyperthyroidism, and Cirrhosis, they are not good candidates for Salt Therapy. Consult our doctors for whether you are a proper candidate for the therapy.
- Why is it so relaxing inside?
Salt has the natural ability to balance the positive charge by binding the excessive positive ions with its negative ions. Therefore, the neutralizing forces of salt can cancel out positive charged and harmful electromagnetic vibrations in our environment (electro-smog), as well as in our body. Hence, salt therapy has de-stressing, relaxing effects; it is beneficial for calming the nervous system.