Halotherapy – the formal terminology for salt room treatment – is a natural treatment that employs pure, untreated salt from the Dead Sea in aerosol form to treat a wide variety of respiratory and skin ailments. Medical research shows that in order for halotherapy to effectively treat respiratory and skin ailments, it is necessary to have a concentration of 3 to 4 miligrams of salt per cubic meter of airspace. The Salt Chalet is equipped with a Halogenerator, made by Halomed and licensed exclusively to HaloClinic in Israel. The Halogenerator creates the necessary dry aerosol micro-climate, just like subterranean salt caves. Additionally, the Halogenerator system is equipped with sensory devices that constantly monitor the salt concentration level in the air.
The History of Halotherapy
Some 20 million years ago, Eastern Europe was partially covered by a shallow sea. With the disappearance of the sea large amounts of layered salt were left behind that cover the Dead Sea valley to a thickness of about 1 to 4 miles. Today, the Dead Sea lies some 1,300 feet (400 metres) below sea level – the lowest elevation and the lowest body of water on Earth. Its eastern shore belongs to Jordan, and the southern half of its western shore belongs to Israel. The waters of the Dead Sea are extremely saline – so much so that bathers stay buoyant. The abundance of health enhancing minerals in the water, has made the Dead Sea a famous and exhilarating destination throughout history.
Salt is mentioned as an essential ingredient in medical science in some of the oldest medical scripts. The therapeutic nature of salt was discovered many centuries ago and documented in several cultures. The first modern-day research study was conducted by Polish physician Felix Bochkovsky, who published his findings in 1843. He is largely credited as being the first scientist to identify the Solotvino phenomenon: men working in the Polish town’s salt mines, despite their taxing work conditions and poor nutrition, were in excellent health and good spirits. Furthermore, the men rarely, if ever, suffered from colds, lung diseases and other respiratory ailments that plagued the general population. Bochkovsky pinpointed the source of their well being as the salt aerosol they inhaled daily.
The result of Dr. Bochkowsky’s findings was a speleotherapy clinic (“speleo” in Greek means cave) where he furthered his study of salt benefits and its effect on human health. As a result of his practice, other speleocenters opened throughout Eastern Europe as an alternative way of treating respiratory diseases such as asthma or bronchitis.
An important discovery in 20th century was that salt water – in the form of an isotonic sodium chloride (saline) solution – has the same fluid quality as blood plasma. This has led to the use of salt solutions as intravenous infusions. Chronically inflamed skin is treated with salt from the Dead Sea. The salt reduces dandruff, reduces inflammation, itching and pain, and helps regenerate the skin. Salt-baths are frequently used to treat psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, chronic eczema as well as respiratory issues.
Today, salt caves are still used for treatment in health resorts in Austria, Poland, Slovakia, Romania, Azerbaijan, Kirgizstan, Russia, and Ukraine.
That’s a long way for you and me to travel. Getting there would involve expensive accommodation and days off from work. Thus the salt room was developed, a room where the walls and floor are covered with salt and a halogenerator blows crushed salt particles into the room providing all the health benefits that a natural salt cave would.
The HaloGenerator is a device that produces dry salt aerosol, maintains salt concentration at the desired level, and controls the microclimate parameters in the salt room. The presence of dry sodium chloride aerosol with a negative ionic charge in a very clean environment is an essential component of the curing effect.
Salt covered walls have aesthetic functions and serve to create an ambiance of noise absorption and serenity.
Mechanisms of Action – Respiratory
Salt therapy – halotherapy – uses aerosoled salt. The size of the particles is the same as in natural salt caves. When breathed in, these particles penetrate deep into the bronchial tree where the antiseptic properties of the salt can work on mucus and infections. People can experience improvement of bronchial drainage, that is, bronchial tube cleansing. The decrease of respiratory tract inflammation is based on the increase of the quantity of alveolar macrophage, observable together with normalization of antibodies level and stimulation of other factors of local respiratory tract immunity.
Mechanisms of Action – Skin
Sodium chloride particles bearing a negative electrical charge come into contact with the skin surface and cause electrical stimulation to the skin cells. This stimulation activates electrophysiological activity, which increases the production of collagen fibers, which is a key process to skin rejuvenation. Additionally, negative ions, which are absorbed into the body during the treatment, help strengthen the immune system by increasing the production capacity of lymph cells. Since some skin diseases such as psoriasis and atopic dermatitis are a direct result of immune system failures, this aspect of strengthening the immune system will help improve the body’s reaction to the ailment.
Who are the main beneficiaries of Halotherapy?
People of all ages (6 month and up) with the following issues can expect beneficial physical effects by taking halotherapy sessions on a frequent basis:
Chronic pulmonary diseases (asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases, pneumonia, bronchitis, cystic fibrosis)
Allergies with an effect on ear, nose, throat, sinuses (e.g. hay fever)
ENT-diseases (rhinitis, sinusitis, pharyngitis, laryngitis)
Prevention and treatment common cold
Respiratory hygiene to clean airways from harmful airborne and tobacco smoke particles
Dermatological disorders (acne, neurodermatitis, psoriasis, cellulite)
Heart and vascular problems (especially in combination with lung diseases)
Vegetative nervous system disorders.
Inability to loose fat tissue due to disturbed metabolism