First….the definition of Salt Therapy - aka Halotherapy – it’s dry salt therapy and where salt therapy is concerned….the dryer – the better! Wet salt is beneficial for eye-drops, gargling and Neti pots. Dry salt is super absorbent (superb for pollens and dust), is an anti-inflammatory and it’s antibacterial – all of which help to build a healthy immune system.
Halotherapy (Halo from the Greek word, “salt”) was used as long ago as 460 BC. Hippocrates was hip to the healing nature of the regular use of salt, and the inhalation of steam from salt-water to aid in the relief from respiratory symptoms.
In 1843 Feliks Boczkowski, a Polish physician, discovered that salt-miners did not experience the respiratory issues or lung diseases that miners working with other minerals did. During WWII, German Doctor, Karl Hermann Spannagel, documented that his patient’s coughing lessened, and those with respiratory symptoms breathed more easily while hiding in the Kluterthöhle Karst salt cave to avoid heavy bombing. Throughout Eastern Europe the talk about salt therapy spread quickly and people began going underground to breathe in the benefits; this practice became termed Speliotherapy.
The Russians wanted to recreate the climate of salt caves above ground and made the first Halogenerator in 1976 (a machine that grinds and disperses medical grade salt into a room through a sleeve) making this True Salt Therapy more accessible to more people. It took off in Europe and has become a trend in the United States only recently.
A Halogenerator is the legitimate symbol of True Salt Therapy. This patented machine crushes dry, medical grade sodium chloride and disperses it into the chamber while monitoring the exact salt concentration, moisture, and temperature in the atmosphere. Inhaling the negative ion rich air produced by salt aerosol has clinically proven effects: it cleanses bacteria in the respiratory tract, slows down its growth and increases the resistance to respiratory tract infections and the flu. Airborne salt particles have antimicrobial effects and reduce inflammation.
Senior Scientific Advisor to the American Lung Association, Dr. Norman Edelman, proposes that in theory, the positive results from true salt therapy might be more than a placebo effect. If you have known anyone who suffers from asthma or COPD cough sputum, the saliva and mucus can be so thick that trying to expel it can be painful. Dr. Edelman proposes that true salt therapy alleviates these symptoms.
"When fine salt particles are inhaled, they will fall on the airway linings and draw water into the airway, thinning the mucus and making it easier to raise, thus making people feel better," said Dr. Edelman. "Also, these environments are allergen-free and thus good for people with allergies affecting their lungs."
To date, the only evidence-based findings have been collected in Europe, where they prescribe True Salt Therapy for many ailments. Per usual, the United States and the American Medical Association are a few steps behind other countries where alternative forms of healing are concerned. Currently, we have no guidelines for patients and clinicians about true salt therapy treatment, however many clinicians advocate it. If you are concerned about using True Salt Therapy for a medical condition, please consult your doctor.
IntoMeSea has installed Salt Chamber’s S.A.L.T. and Sound Booth™ - we call it our “True Salt Chamber,” which disperses only medical grade, sodium chloride (NaCl). Himalayan salt looks pretty, Dead Sea salt is renowned, rock salt is….cool - these salts can help with digestion and as beauty treatments - but the only salt physicians and European clinical studies advocate for to treat respiratory ailments is NaCl. NaCl is the Mother Lode of salt and is also beneficial cosmetically, for skin ailments and as a wellness supplement.