Salt therapy is a natural form of remedy that involves breathing in the salty air.

It involves spending time in either a natural salt cave or specially constructed salt rooms.

We know that pink rock salt is known for its healing and therapeutic properties since ancient times. Halotherapy is considered the best alternative treatment to relieve respiratory problems. It mostly involves sitting in a salt room for a particular time.

Salt has natural anti-bacterial, anti-viral features, and proves beneficial in cleaning and disinfecting procedures. It kills the microorganisms, allergens, and dust particles from the air and provides a cleansed atmosphere.

Scroll down to know more about halotherapy and the Himalayan salt room. Dry salt therapy has been using in many countries for the past few decades to treat upper and lower respiratory disorders.

Respiratory Conditions that can be treated by salt therapy:

  • Asthma
  • Pollen allergy
  • Hay fever
  • Common cold
  • Sinus conditions
  • Bronchitis
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary disease

 The negative ions in the salt also treat 

  • Depression and anxiety.
  • Psoriasis, eczema, and acne.

Covid 19 and salt therapy

Use of salt therapy for the Treatment and post-treatment rehabilitation of COVID-19 can be very useful. 

Coronavirus is a contagious disease that spreads by a virus named coronavirus.

The entire world is dealing with this pandemic that affects different people in different ways. The infected person develops mild to moderate illness and may recover without hospitalization.

The symptoms of this infectious disease are mostly similar to the seasonal flu.

Typically a corona virus-infected person experiences the following respiratory symptoms. 

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue
  • Sore throat

Salt therapy is capable of relieving symptoms in people with respiratory conditions. The homemade salt solutions help to reduce the symptoms of a common cold. Gargling and clearing the nose with a saltwater solution alleviate coughs and congestion.

 Many studies have proved the recovering benefits of both Salt and Cave therapy in chronic respiratory disorders. In this context, we can say that salt therapy is beneficial to treat the respiratory diseases of people with COVID-19. 

Halotherapy is a complementary procedure in the treatment of COVID-19.

The therapeutic and healing properties of salt relieve the symptoms of upper and lower respiratory disorders.  

Coronavirus attacks the respiratory system, and Halotherapy supports the respiratory system. It helps improve recovery from asthma, pollen allergy, dust allergy, and hay fever. If you are recovering from Covid, you must know that it is a painful process. Halotherapy drastically speeds up recovery time by boosting your immune system.

Breathing in salt enriched air clears the nasal and blocked nose, boosts lung function, reduces inflammation.

Salt therapy room

The Himalayan salt room (also termed a salt cave or salt chamber) is constructed with pure Himalayan salt slabs, blocks, and dim lighting. It is free of contamination, moisture, and humidity and is mostly used for halotherapy.

The walls of the room are made of salt bricks, while the floor is covered with salt particles (just like a sandy ground) to walk barefoot.

The Himalayan salt rooms are highly effective in treating a wide range of skin and respiratory disorders. It provides a salt-rich environment with pink rock salt particles dispersed in the air by the halo generators. These salt particles release the negative ions that purify the air and provide a clean and uncontaminated atmosphere.

The visitor in the salt room inhales the salt-rich air and feels relaxed and calm.

Salt has anti-inflammatory properties that help in reducing the inflammation of the respiratory tract.

When inhaled, it starts working by absorbing the allergens, killing the microbes and toxins. It clears the respiratory tract and opens the airway passage that relieves breathing.

Uses of Salt room

According to the American Lung Association, the Himalayan salt is beneficial in thinning the mucus in the airway, which makes it easy to expel. Most spas and wellness clinics offer halotherapy in designated salt cabins or salt caves. The size of the salt room may vary and some offer services to multiple visitors at a time while others may have restricted capacity.

You will spend 30 to 50 minutes in the room where you are free to walk or lie down on a relaxing chair.

Usually some yoga activities are also offered in the salt rooms to make you breathe deeply.

People suffering from respiratory diseases such as asthma, dust allergy, or recovering from COVID 19 should take the sessions twice or thrice a week to maintain their respiratory hygiene.

Does salt therapy work?

Halotherapy is a relaxing treatment. Salt has been using to treat a range of ailments for centuries, being in a place surrounde by potentially healing salt crystals is a calming experience.

In 2007, a study published in the journal Pneumologia stated that persons with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) who spent 30 minutes in a salt-rich environment, five days a week for three months showed improved symptoms.

Remember that salt therapy is a supportive therapy to treat a specific condition. It cannot replace medicine or medical treatments.

You are suppose to spend 30 to 45 minutes in the room where you are free to walk or to lie down on a comfortable relaxing chair.

Usually, some yoga activities are also being offere in the Himalayan salt room to make you breathe deeply.

COVID-19 symptoms include cough, fever or chills, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, muscle or body aches, sore throat, the new loss of taste or smell, diarrhea, headache, new fatigue, nausea or vomiting, and congestion or runny nose. COVID-19 can be severe and in some cases 

· E caused death.