What Is Halotherapy?Basically, halotherapy is the inhalation of very fine salt particles. In a modern halotherapy session, the client sits in a specially designed room constructed of salt blocks that mimic the interior of a salt cave. In order to infuse the atmosphere with salt particles, halogenerators are used to grind salt into very fine particles. Those who have experienced a session usually report no ill effects, but on occasion the session may trigger coughing and the release of mucus. This is one of its alleged intended effects. Sometimes, clients experience remarkable relief from symptoms in just a single session, while others are said to feel relief after a few halotherapy sessions.
What Conditions Can Halotherapy Treat?The benefits of salt therapy were first noticed in the modern era during World War II, when Dr. Karl Hermann Spannagel noticed health improvements in his patients with respiratory conditions when they were taking shelter from bombing raids in Germany's Kluterthohle salt cave. After WWII, Dr. Spannagel and others conducted studies and opened caves throughout Eastern Europe for the treatment of asthma and other respiratory conditions. This type of therapy is known as speleotherapy, after the Greek word for cave (speleon). As special salt rooms were developed, the popularity of the therapy spread throughout Europe and it became known as halotherapy, after the Greek word 'halon' or salt.
More recently, further studies and observations have concluded that halotherapy may be of benefit for a wide range of conditions. Some of these include:
- Colds and flus
- Cystic fibrosis