Salt Therapy History + How It Works
In 1843, a Polish physician, by the name of Dr. Feliks Boczkowski, happened across a bizarre discovery.
Dr. Feliks Boczkowski
Dr. Feliks Boczkowski
During his work treating coal and salt miners, he found that while coal miners were plagued with all kinds of respiratory problems, a remarkable majority of salt miners were emerging with pristine lungs and virtually no health complaints.
The discovery prompted him to study salt's medicinal properties further before publishing a book on his findings. A few years later, one of his pupils founded the first salt clinic near Kraków, Poland.
As time went on, the news of the benefits of salt therapy spread across Eastern Europe from Poland to Germany to the UK.
Since then, multiple clinical trials have shown that “salt therapy” also known as “halotherapy” has proven to be effective in relieving symptoms of a variety of respiratory and skin ailments.
In fact, during one of the clinical trials, this fascinating treatment resulted in improvement of the clinical state in:
85% of mild and moderate asthma cases 75% of severe asthma cases 97% of chronic bronchitis, bronchiectasis and cystic fibrosis cases
(“journal of Aerosol Medicine, A.V. Chervinskaya, Volume 8. Number 3, 1995”)
What’s Going On Here?
Well the anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties of salt have actually been known throughout the ages. From the dead sea to the himalayan salt mines. This healing mineral has been around for centuries.
Even Hippocrates the father of medicine prescribed salt water for breathing ailments. Salt is a miracle mineral that heals.
And for those suffering from acute or chronic respiratory conditions, Salt Therapy may not only bring much-needed relief, but also prevent the frequent recurrence of symptoms as many visitors to salt therapy clinics have testified.
Prescription drugs such as inhalers are a short-term fix, leaving the underlying problem unchanged.
Salt Therapy is different because:
- Salt kills underlying bacteria
- It widens the airways by reducing inflammation
- It is mucolytic, which means it helps to shift retained mucus and therefore reduce the chance of infection
- It redcuces IgE levels, which means the immune system won’t over-react to asthma/allergy triggers
How Does A Salt Therapy Treatment Work?
There's actually nothing you need to do other than relax in the salt room and breathe normally.
Medical Grade, Purified Himalayan salt is crushed by a special machine into the tiniest particles (salt aerosols) and expelled into the air of the salt room during a session.
As you sit in the salt room, the salt aerosols you breathe in penetrate deep down to the lungs, neutralizing and brushing off any impurities of the respiratory passages.
Salt is highly absorbent thus it also acts as a “sponge” to soak up and loosen any excess mucus along with viruses and bacteria.
Salt is anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory, so when inhaled it reduces the airways irritation and bronchospasm, promotes healing of the respiratory tract lining.