Bringing you the latest in Halotherapy research.
Halotherapy was originally “discovered” in the 1800s in Eastern Europe when doctors realized that salt miners didn’t suffer nearly as often from respiratory and skin conditions as others in the communities. These doctors then began to “prescribe” visits to the salt mines and at some point the mines even carved out separate areas for this original halotherapy (see photo).
Later entrepreneurs built machines to replicate this environment and modern halotherapy was born. Halotherapy Solutions’ equipment was designed in Estonia, one of the original locations for this early halotherapy.
Due to this history much of the research on halotherapy has taken place in Eastern Europe but is now starting to get more attention in other areas of the world such as the United States and Australia. Below is a cross-section of research in each area of halotherapy’s key benefits to get a start on the subject.
Additionally, we would recommend that you do your own further research. Great places to start would be: 1) the World Halotherapy Association – an independent organization run by Dr Cindy Hollenbeck, who has extensive experience in respiratory diseases as well as natural remedies; and, the Global Wellness Institute, a non-profit organization with a mission to empower wellness worldwide by educating the public and private sectors about preventative health and wellness. HERE is clip from the Dr Oz show discussing some of the key benefits of halotherapy as well.
Also, now that we also provide Infrared Therapy as part of our new HaloIR product, we would also recommend that you research this modality as well. Our partner, Clearlight Infrared Sauna, has provided multiple studies on all aspects of infrared therapy that can be found HERE.
Halotherapy in many cases has proven to be an invaluable resource for sufferers of cystic fibrosis. The hydrophilic and mucokinetic action of inhaled salt particles thins unnaturally thick and sticky mucus, clearing accumulated secretions and unclogging passages in the bronchi and bronchiole.
Other benefits are the absorption of edema from the mucosa lining of the airways and the reduction of inflammation in the respiratory tract and sinuses. The extremely viscous nature of mucus secretions in patients with this disease often causes a buildup of bacteria.
Halotherapy naturally combats this problem, and may reduce the person’s reliance on antibiotics to control frequent infections. According to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine on the effects of Dry Salt Therapy on cystic fibrosis patients, “The results of our trial were revolutionary. We saw a sustained improvement in lung function, a major reduction in the number of lung flare-ups, a reduced need for antibiotics to treat flare-ups, and fewer days off school or work due to illness.”
Asthma, COPD and Smoker’s Cough
Halotherapy may demonstrate a positive effect on symptoms of asthma and obstructive bronchial conditions caused by inflammation and harmful debris in the respiratory system. Naturally antibacterial and anti-inflammatory sodium chloride particles are carried into the deepest recesses of the bronchial system due to the unique aerosol dispersal system and the microscopic size of the particles.
Over a series of treatments, inhalation of dry salt aerosol may bring about the improvement of mucociliary clearance and decrease of bronchial inflammation, the decrease or elimination of pathogenic microorganisms, and a reduction of bronchial hyper-responsiveness.
This may translate into better lung function, fewer spasmodic attacks, and clearer air passages with less use of drugs to control symptoms. Even chronic deep cough due to tobacco use, nicknamed “Smoker’s Cough” shows marked improvement with continued treatment.
Halotherapy presents a unique treatment option for allergy sufferers that offers relief naturally and fast. Salt is a well known decongestant; it reduces inflammation widening of the airway passages, restoring the normal transport of mucous secretion and free blockages in the bronchi and bronchioles leading to rapid elimination of the residual tar and foreign allergens.
Improved drainage allows for reduction in contaminants that may trigger or prolong allergic episodes. Additionally, salt’s ability to absorb edema from swollen mucosa linings in the sinuses and respiratory tract opens airways to bring about quick relief of symptoms. Long term studies with allergy patients in Russia who reported remarkable improvement over a period of ten years have led to Halotherapy being recognized as a certified allergy treatment by the Russian Ministry of Health and other associations in Europe.
Coughs, Cold and Flu
Sessions with Halotherapy may have an immediate remedial effect on the symptoms of colds and flu. Breathing becomes easier as inhaled salt aerosol naturally absorbs edema from swollen air passages and thins mucus secretions so that drainage is easier. The dispersal system of microscopic salt particles used in this therapy allows the salt aerosol to be taken deep into these cavities, bringing the antibacterial and anti-inflammatory action to the root of the problem.
Relief from the irritation of sticky mucus secretions and debris, as well as the antispasmodic effect produce by calming negative particles, calms and quiets coughs. Additionally, the deep cleaning of the sinus cavities and respiratory tract inherent in this type of treatment reduces the toxic load on the immune system, regardless of external exposure.
A series of Halotherapy treatments not only helps to relieve and heal a current cold or flu episode, but increases resistance to new infections for months in the future.
Sinus and Ear Infections
Halotherapy’s ability to reduce edema in passages and cavities not immediately accessible to other means of treatment may make it a solution for dealing with ear and sinus infections. Halotherapy is perfectly safe and comfortable for children as well as adults, and may not only bring relief in the short term, but lasting resistance to recurrence of such infections.
In the case of ear infections, aerosolized particles are able to penetrate deep into the internal passages of the ear, reducing inflammation, edema, and bacteria in the Eustachian tubes. Relief of edema from swollen tissues widens passages, improving drainage and increasing aeration behind the tympanic membrane, reducing infection in the pockets where bacteria often builds due to collected fluid.
Relief from sinus infections may also be achieved through deep penetrating dry salt particles. The negative charge of dry aerosol particles causes them to be literally drawn into the essentially positively charged environment of inflamed and infected sinus cavities. Relief is achieved quickly as mucus secretions become thinner and are able to drain properly, removing trapped pockets of debris and bacteria.
Microscopic salt particles also stimulate the immune system, increasing the body’s innate ability to resist further infection as antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties reduce the current episode. This can significantly reduce the use of antibiotics in chronic sufferers of ear and sinus infections.
Halotherapy may have a beneficial influence to the integument system (skin protective layer) and to hair. Halotherapy provides PH normalization and induces reparative and regenerative processes in derma, it increases skin rigidity and stimulates hair growth. The dry salt impacts the skin microcirculation and assists cellular membrane activity.
The anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of Halotherapy may also improve skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis.