1. Respiratory Ailments
The theory behind dry salt therapy and its ability to improve respiratory problems is that the salt helps to decrease inflammation and open up airway passages while helping to get rid of allergens and toxins from the respiratory system.
Many people who make halotherapy a part of their “wellness routine” may find relief from several respiratory health conditions including:
- Common cold
- Cystic fibrosis
- Ear infections
- Smokers cough
For respiratory conditions low concentration and gradual administration of dry salt and consistency of the sessions are the key elements for successful results.
A double-blind, controlled, pilot study published in 2017 looked at the effects of halotherapy on young children (ages 5–13 years) with a clinical diagnosis of mild asthma who were not receiving any anti-inflammatory therapy.
Twenty nine children had 14 sessions of halotherapy insalt room with a halogenerator over the course of seven weeks while the other 26 were put in a salt room without a salt halogenerator. The group that received halotherapy exhibited a “statistically significant improvement” in bronchial hyper-responsiveness (BHR) and overall, the researchers conclude that a salt room with halogenerator may have some beneficial effects in mild asthmatic children.
Multiple studies also demonstrate the positive effects of halotherapy on patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases such as chronic bronchitis and asthma. Improvements in lung function and decreases in blood pressure have specifically been observed.
Another example of salt therapy benefiting respiratory problems is a 2008 study which found that inhaling a three percent saline solution is a safe and effective form of treatment for infants with bronchiolitis, a common lung infection in young children and infants.