Salt Caves: Say What?


Salt therapy known also as Halotherapy is a 100% natural, drug-free, safe, noninvasive pleasant treatment using a controlled air medium that simulates the microclimate of a natural salt cave.As an alternative treatment and healing modality, halotherapy has traditionally been found to positively impact three primary health areas centering around the respiratory system, skin issues and mental health or depression concerns.​

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What is a Salt Cave?

Halotherapy, also known as salt therapy, has become more popular in the United States in recent years. Within the cave, you’re treated to the salt’s natural anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory properties and the negative ions it produces. The rich negative ion effect can be felt in places like the ocean, near waterfalls and in pine forests. If you’re a skeptic of the, well, salty details, there’s no denying that a session feels like you’ve stepped onto a relaxing, sandy beach somewhere warm. Sit back in your lounge chair, enjoy the ocean sounds. You’ll likely leave feeling a bit (or a lot) more zen than you did when you arrived.

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HEALTH BENEFITS OF SALT THERAPY:

RESPIRATORY PROBLEMS:

ALLERGIES

Salt Therapy can bring much-needed relief for persons suffering from allergies and hay fever, because salt is known to be an anti-inflammatory. It can remove pathogen agents or airborne pollen and reduces lgE levels which can cause oversensitivity of the immune system.​

A visit to a salt room which operates a halogenerator, allows the client to breath in a saline aerosol generated by the machine using pharmaceutical grade sodium chloride which is dispersed into the room.It is reported to help to:

  • Alleviate sneezing, coughing and shortness of breath

  • Strengthen the immune system

  • Clear mucus and sticky phlegm from the lungs

ASTHMA

Salt Therapy or halotherapy can not only bring much-needed relief for persons suffering from asthma, but also prevent the frequent recurrence of symptoms. This non-drug alternative respiratory treatment for asthma works by:

  • Killing bacteria

  • Reducing inflammation of the airways

  • It reduces IgE levels, which means the immune system won’t over-react to asthma/allergy triggers.

There are a number of National Institute of Health and other scientific research studies that confirm halotherapy is an effective natural treatment for asthma.

Salt therapy treatment for asthma has been a preferred alternative treatment in Europe for nearly 200 years.

BRONCHITIS

Salt cleanses the respiratory system and speeds up the elimination of toxins. Salt has the following properties:

  • AntibacterialAnti-inflammatoryLoosens excessive mucus and speeds up mucociliary transportRemoves pathogens (ie., airborne pollen)Reduces IgE level (immune system oversensitivity)

  • Pharmaceutical grade sodium chloride is released by the halogenerator into the salt cave allowing participants to breathe in the salty air. Anecdotal reports show that some persons suffering from chronic bronchitis who do a halotherapy course may result in:​Reduction in the need for inhalers, steroids and antibiotics

  • Breathing is easier after just a few sessionsImproved lung function

  • Reduction in the number of hospital admissions

  • Alleviates sneezing, coughing, and shortness of breath

  • Clears mucus and sticky phlegm from the lungsIncreases the resistance to respiratory tract diseases

  • Strengthens the immune systemProlonged remission times

COPD

Salt cleanses the respiratory system and speeds up the elimination of toxins. Salt is known to have the following properties:

  • Antibacterial

  • Anti-inflammatory

  • Loosens excessive mucus and speeds up mucociliary transport

  • Removes pathogens (ie., airborne pollen)

  • Reduces IgE level (immune system oversensitivity

In a salt cave session, pharmaceutical grade sodium chloride is crushed into miniscule particles and released into the air for participants to breathe. Additionally some persons suffering from COPD who do a halotherapy course of treatment anecdotally report:​

  • Reduction in the need for inhalers, steroids and antibiotics

  • Breathing is easier after just a few sessions

  • Improved lung function

  • Reduction in the number of hospital admissions

  • Alleviates sneezing, coughing, and shortness of breath

  • Clears mucus and sticky phlegm from the lungs

  • Increase the resistance to respiratory tract diseases

  • Strengthens the immune system

  • Prolonged remission times

CYSTIC FIBROSIS

alt Therapy is becoming increasingly popular in aiding persons with cystic fibrosis. Anecdotal reports can be found that report for some persons, salt therapy can bring relief and help prevent symptoms from recurring so frequently.​A BBC News Report in 2006 entitled "A dose of salts to ease cystic fibrosis" tells the story of Richard Preen, who had been amazed at the effects of inhaling salty water in easing his cystic fibrosis.

Of course, any person with health issues should not substitute halotherapy as a substitute for professional medical advice and should not use this information for diagnosing or treating a medical or health condition. Always check with your pulmonologist or doctor first.

HAY FEVER

Salt Therapy can possibly bring relief for persons suffering from allergies and hay fever, because salt is an anti-inflammatory. It also removes pathogen agents or airborne pollen and reduces lgE levels which can cause oversensitivity of the immune system.​A visit to a salt room which operates a halogenerator, allows the client to breath in a saline aerosol generated by this European medically certified machine. It may also help to:

  • Alleviate sneezing, coughing and shortness of breath

  • Strengthen the immune system

  • Clear mucus and sticky phlegm from the lungs

RHINITIS

Halotherapy treatment is an ideal non-drug treatment since salt is anti-microbial and antibacterial, killing irritants to the nose whilst opening up nasal passages for the free passage of air.

SINUSITIS

Salt Therapy can bring much-needed relief for persons suffering from sinusitis Halotherapy works by:

  • Killing bacteria

  • Reducing inflammation of the airways

  • It reduces IgE levels, which means the immune system won’t over-react to asthma/allergy triggers.​

The halogenerator takes pharmaceutical grade sodium chloride (salt) and crushes it into microscopic particles which are released at a controlled pace into the atmosphere in the salt cave. It is said that 45 minutes of halotherapy is equal to 2 days at a beach. It is said to help to: ​​

  • Reduce the need for inhalers and antibiotics

  • Clear mucus and sticky phlegm from the sinuses

  • Increase the resistance to respiratory tract diseases

  • Strengthen your immune system 2 - 5 sessions are recommended within a week to 10 days.

SMOKING DAMAGES

Halotherapy or salt therapy is said to help to open up the damaged air passages allowing the person with damage caused by smoking to be able to breath a little easier. It’s a possible option to consider whether your symptoms are severe or just the first stages of the disease. If you have Emphysema and are still smoking, the absolute best thing you can do for your health is to quit smoking. Develop a plan of attack on quitting smoking whether it involves the patch, nicotine gum, therapy, or a smoking cessation program. ​

In general, salt cleanses the respiratory system and speeds up the elimination of toxins. Salt has the following properties:

  • Antibacterial

  • Anti-inflammatory

  • Loosens excessive mucus and speeds up mucociliary transport

  • Removes pathogens (ie., airborne pollen)

  • Reduces IgE level (immune system oversensitivity)

SNORING

Snoring occurs during sleep when the muscles of the airway relax too much during sleep causing a normally open airway to narrow and vibrate (creating noise) when air passes in and out of the soft pallet. Snoring may also be helped by salt therapy or halotherapy. Inhaling the dry salt microparticles can help clear the airway passages and also reduce any swelling of the nasal mucosa and soft palate, which can contribute to snoring. Halotherapy can help improve sinus drainage as well, which can reduce snoring. It is an all natural non-pharmaceutical, holistic approach to finding relief from snoring and better sleep.

SKIN PROBLEMS:

ACNE

Acne, the scourge of the teen years, is a common skin ailment generally occuring on the face, back, chest, neck or shoulder resulting in pimples which can sometimes cause scarring.

​Although there are many medications and creams that are sold to treat acne, a drug free approach would be the use of salt therapy or halotherapy. At our salt cave here in Vermont, the micro-climate of a Polish salt mine is recreated utilizing the purest form of Polish rock salt with its 84 minerals. Salt in and of itself is one of the oldest natural anti-bacterials, killing bacteria and toxins whilst also drying out the underlying pimple.

DERMATITIS

Dermatitis is a common skin condition caused by inflammation of the skin. There are several different forms of dermatitis but all are caused by the skin reacting to allergens or irritants. Dermatitis is usually characterized by red, itchy skin that can become blistered and weepy.

There are various causes of dermatitis and the cause determines which type of dermatitis a person is diagnosed with. The different types of dermatitis are as follows:

  • Contact dermatitis - a skin reaction to an allergen or irritant.

  • Atopic dermatitis - otherwise known as eczema due to hypersensitivity to certain foods, allergens or environmental factors. Could be genetic.

  • Neurodermatitits - caused by nerve endings underneath the skin becoming irritated.

  • Statis dermatitis - caused by varicose veins interrupting the blood flow.

  • Seborrheic dermatitis - called cradle cap in children. Possibly caused by yeast.

  • Perioral dermatitis: raised tiny red bumps aroud the mouth generally associated with use of topical steroids, cosmetics & sunscreen.

  • Dermatitis herpetiformis: This form of dermatitis is a symptom of the gut condition celiac disease, caused by an allergy to gluten.​

For almost 200 years, it has been observed in the Polish salt mines that the salt miners had great skin and did not suffer from dermatitis. This was also found to be true when persons used the salt caves to hide out during World War II. The skin conditions generally cleared up.

It is thought that salt which is both anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial, deposits on open skin areas which:

  • Increases skin ion channels, stimulating cell grown and regeneration.

  • Balances skin pH and autoflora

  • Reduced harmful bacteria and inflammation.

After a series of treatments, the common result as expressed anecdotally is:

  • Decreased itching

  • Decreased or resolved scaling of the skin

  • Drying and healing of small fissures, scratches and exudative symptoms.

Multiple studies in Russia have shown salt therapy to be an effective alternative, non-drug option for the relief of dermatitis symptoms, and of potential long term benefit as part of a total body approach to healing.

ECZEMA

alt cave halotherapy is one of the leading alternative therapies since it kills bacteria and fungi, is anti-inflammatory and reduces lgE levels so that the immune system becomes less over-sensitive. This results in less itching. Essentially salt therapy activates multiple physiological processes within the body.​

For long term results using salt therapy for eczema, 15 - 20 sessions are recommended. The sessions should be frequent with 2 to 3 a week for approximately six weeks. ​

According to the owner of a major salt cave in England, for most patients after a course of Salt Therapy, eczema symptoms disappear. They estimate the treatment efficacy at between 75 - 98%.​

Generally eczema clients do one or two salt therapy courses a year or alternatively come back for some top-up halotherapy sessions.

PSORIASIS

Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease that causes raised, red, scaly patches to appear on the skin. It typically affects the outside of the elbows, knees or scalp, though it can appear on any location. Approximately 7.5 million people in the United States have psoriasis which can occur in all age groups but is primarily seen in adults. ​

Scientific research has confirmed that the micro-particles of salt have a beneficial influence to the skin protective layer and hairs, providing healing and cosmetic effects. This increased activity of skin cell ion channels and activates electrophysiological activity that determines the skin’s protective properties. The salt provides pH normalization and induces reparative and regenerative processes in derma, increases skin rigidity, stimulates growth and improves hair health.​

Salt Therapy is a natural, safe and beneficial way to:

  • Kills bacteria

  • Is anti-inflammatory

  • Reduces IgE levels, meaning the immune system becomes less oversensitive

Psoriasis requires an aggressive administration of dry salt halotherapy treatment for 7 - 15 sessions within 3 weeks in order to ensure positive results. Benefits can last for six to 12 months along with attention to diet to work on the gut which is sait to be the basis of all auto-immune diseases.

STRESS / ANXIETY:

DEPRESSION

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, depression is one of the most common mental disorders in the U.S. It estimates more than 14 million Americans suffer from major depression every year and more than three million suffer from minor depression. Some 30 million Americans take antidepressants at a cost of over $10 billion a year. Salt Therapy may provide an additional or alternative treatment that is safe, natural and very affordable.​

Depression can happen at any age, but often begins in adulthood. It is now recognized as occurring in children and adolescents, although it sometimes presents with more prominent irritability than low moods. Many chronic mood and anxiety disorders in adults begin as high levels of anxiety in children.

Types of Depression suitable for Halotherapy:

  • Persistent depressive disorder (also called dysthymia) is a depressed mood that lasts for at least two years.

  • Post partum depression and baby blues.

  • Seasonal affective disorder is characterized by the onset of depression during the winter months

  • Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome

​If you remember how good it felt as a child to go to the beach, then you'll easily understand how Salt Therapy treatment can possibly help with depression, including Seasonal Affective Disorder if living in northern latitudes, as well as post partum depression. It is said that 45 minutes in a salt chamber or room is equal to being at the beach for 2 days. The negative ionization of the atmosphere can leave one feeling invigorated and with a positive attitude.

INSOMNIA

It provides a high level of negative ions to provide tranquility and relaxation whilst at the same time revitalizing one's energy. Most clients will find that within 15 minutes of their salt therapy, they are completely relaxed as they listen to specially selected musical tracts and chances are, they will fall asleep. At the end of the session, the rich negative ion microclimate within the salt cave makes for a rejuvenating experience.

POST PARTUM DEPRESSION (OR BABY BLUES)

If you remember how good it felt as a child to go to the beach, then you'll easily understand how Salt Therapy treatment can help with post partum depression. It is said that 45 minutes in a salt chamber or room is equal to being at the beach for 2 days. The negative ionization of the atmosphere can leave one feeling invigorated and with a positive attitude.

OTHER:

LYME DISEASE

Chronic Lyme Disease in one of the newer ailments where salt is being considered to help this ailment.. This alternative treatment for Lyme Disease does not appear to have any published scientific papers on the use of salt therapy as a healing modality, but there are many anecdotal stories of people being helped by salt therapy so that it may only be a matter of time before it is scientifically validated. The Vermont Salt Cave Spa and Halotherapy Center would welcome the opportunity to participate in a formal scientific study of the use of halotherapy (salt therapy) as an alternative, non drug 100% natural treatment for chronic lyme disease.​

There are now an ​estimated 300,000 new cases of Lyme Disease reported each year in the United States alone. The often debilitating illness has become a major concern for parents and for anyone who enjoys being outdoors hiking, paddling, camping etc.​

According to www.lymephotos.com a combination of salt and vitamin C seems to be an effective treatment for containing the symptoms of Lyme Disease. How does it work? According to lymephotos.com, their theory is that "due to the decreased consumption of salt in our daily diets, we have allowed the invasion of parasites into our bodies and those of our pets and livestock. Over the centuries, man has traditionally consumed approximately 20 grams of salt daily. The only time, other than current day, that man's consumption has drastically decreased was during the Medieval Ages, when the landlords deprived the poor of salt, and the Black Death ravaged the population.

Salt is an ancient bactericide and killer of many of man's pathogens. For centuries, twenty grams of salt daily was the average intake due to the way meats were cured and foods were preserved. Man certainly lived a more outdoorsman's lifestyle, yet there was no mysterious illness. Was it the presence of sodium chloride in the body that prevented Lyme from occurring? Lyme was first documented in the 1970's. It is around the same time we were inundated with the "No Salt Diet" craze. For years Japan had no cases of Lyme disease, and only recently with the new low-salt soy sauce have cases been documented. As far as our animals go, cows were always given large blocks of salt licks, which were pure sodium chloride. The old ways protected our livestock from many pathogens that are coming into focus in today's society. Just recently, these blocks have become mineralized salt licks with minerals, medicines, and vitamins, that manufacturers claim is what our livestock need. They actually need the sodium chloride. This may explain the recent appearance of new illnesses such as Lyme, Mad Cow, and other parasitic illnesses among our livestock. They crave the sodium chloride. It is a natural instinct. Just the same way that a hunter knows that if he puts out a block of salt, the deer will come. Bear reportedly tear the bark off fallen trees to lick salt. There are salt caves in Africa that draw herds of elephants at night, and the mothers break off chucks of salt and feed it to their young. Maybe it is time we take a lesson from the animals. Eat more salt! "

If this is true then spending time in a salt cave with its dry aerosol salt therapy, might be an additional tool for the medical tool box to help with treating Chronic Lyme Disease and its debilitating aspects. Aside from the healing attributes of salt, the cave has an extremely high level of negative ions recognized world wide as a means for treating depression which is also a common symptom of Lyme Disease.

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