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1. What is salt therapy?

Salt Therapy is breathing in salty air for therapeutic reasons. It is a common, natural treatment in eastern and central Europe but almost unknown elsewhere.
It is based on the principle that exposure to the microclimate inside a natural salt mine/cave plays an important role in the relief of many health problems; especially for patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and other respiratory and skin conditions. Salt therapy delivered at therapeutic spas built inside salt mines / caves is known as Speleotherapy.

2. How does Salt Therapy work?

Salt therapy uses a halogenerator to reproduce and monitor the therapeutic microclimate of natural salt caves/ mines. The air coming from the medical device is sterile, negatively ionised and saturated with a low concentration of highly dispersed, curative dry saline (salt).
Patients relax in a pleasant artificial salt cave, with salt on the floor and walls and breathe in the regulated salt, which is immediately transported to every part of the respiratory tract; even the smallest bronchioles and alveoli. Once in place, it dissolves and attracts the small, positively charged impurities, which are subsequently able to be either coughed up by the patient, or, which leave the body during metabolic processes via the bloodstream.
Patients report feeling their respiratory system is clean again; improving the quality of their lives, reducing antibiotic and corticoid or steroid intake and decreasing the rate of annual hospitalisations and frequency of asthma attacks.
The treatment eliminates the root of all inflammatory respiratory illnesses (lower or upper tract, asthma, bronchitis as well as allergies and catarrh) by destroying bacteria and restoring health.

3. Which symptoms can be treated by salt therapy?

* chronic bronchitis
* asthma
* hay fever
* ear infection
* breathlessness, chest tightness
* pneumonia (post acute stage)
* bronchiectatic disease
* smoker’s cough (including secondary smoke)
* cough with viscous sputum discharging with difficulties
* dry, paroxysmal cough with distant rates
* dry rales (mostly with low tone) changing its localization during auscultation
* frequent acute disorders of respiratory tract
* pharyngitis
* multi-chemical sensitivity syndrome
* sinusitis/sinus inflammation
* respiratory infections
* respiratory allergies to industrial and household pollutants
* rhinitis
* tonsillitis
* eczema
* psoriasis

5. How Are Health Improvements Noticeable?

As a result of salt therapy, the condition of compromised bronchii is restored, breathing became easier and quality in function of breathing improves. This facilitates the normalization of other bodily systems. Due to a fortified immune system, days off sick will decrease and patients will become more resilient.
In cases of asthma and croup, the inflammation causing spasms of the bronchus will cease and the passage of air through the bronchial tubes will normalise, leading to the end of attacks.

6. What is expected of me and what shall I wear during Salt Therapy?

For salt therapy you don’t need to wear any special clothing unless you are coming for skin conditions, when we recommend you wear shorts and T shirt, to expose as much of the affected area as possible. We provide hairnets and shoe covers to wear during the therapy. The temperature is a comfortable 22-24 C (room temperature). We request that you don’t wear perfume or scented body lotion before or during the therapy, as many of our clients are allergic to them.
We would also request that you are mindful of others in the therapy cave and always cover your mouth and nose if coughing or sneezing. Try and not converse loudly and please do not bring mobile phones into the therapy cave, store them on silent in the lockers provided.

7. Why is relative humidity important in the Salt Cave?

The humidity in the room must be between 40-70%. If the air is too dry or too humid the efficacy of the therapy declines, as the tiny salt particles cannot get into the smallest parts of the lungs (alveoli). This is the reason that fountains or other water features cannot be installed in a salt cave. The Halogenerator continuously monitors the humidity in the salt rooms and, using its integral dehumidifier, the humidity is constantly kept in the ideal range.

8. What is a Halogenerator?

A halogenerator is a medical device used for generating and maintaining a negative ionized dry saline microclimate in a dedicated therapy room and was first developed in Russia in the late eighties. Halos is Greek for salt. We are current;y using the best halo generator available in the European market.

9. What is the difference between a Salt Pipe and The Salt Cave?

The dry salt aerosol microclimate inside the salt therapy room is continuously monitored and generated by the halogenerator technology. The concentration, size of the particles, temperature, humidity and level of negative ionised charging is constantly controlled during the session.
Salt Pipes purchased from the internet might appear to be a cheaper alternative, but they cannot provide the same quality aerosol, which plays key role in the healing of the respiratory system. Salt particles in the pipe soon become oxidised after a few uses meaning that they are no longer able to deliver any healing effect.

10. What advantages does Salt Secret’s – salt therapy have over the original salt mine cave environment?

Unlike the natural cave/salt mine clinic, the artificial salt cave with our special halogenerator is a controlled environment where the diffused salt concentration, temperature and humidity are constant and the size of the salt aerosol is controlled (1-5mkm). The air is hypobacterial, allergen free and saturated and diffused with dry sodium chloride. A session in our salt cave takes 60 minutes and patients come back 5- 10-30 times depending on their condition.
In contrast, the healing respiratory effects in a natural salt cave are gained by people spending 2-3 hours a day, over a period of 2-3 months.

11. Is Salt Therapy suitable for children and babies?

YES! salt therapy is a 100% drug free treatment with no artificial elements. The treatment is suitable for children from the age of 6 months onwards. Children respond to the therapy very quickly and effectively.
Halotherapy is very effective for children. In countries in Europe where Halotherapy is practiced in mainstream medicine, doctors recommend parents try this natural remedy before putting children on medication, or at least use it alongside medication to avoid high dosage. Children treated by powerful hormones are at increased risk of bone fractures and cracks, and it is all the more important to treat them as far as possible with means other than drugs,
This alternative/complementary treatment’s efficacy rate is estimated at 75 – 98% and keeps children safe from the side effects of intensive drug treatment

12. Why do children suffer more often from respiratory illnesses?

Primarily, the body’s natural defense mechanism for the respiratory system is not fully developed until the age 9. Before this time, larger particles of pollution can reach their lungs as the cillia cannot filter them out.
Also, children are smaller, therefore the air they breathe is closer to the ground and more polluted (this is why buggies are designed to be higher than they were 20 years ago).
Additionally, children breathe more quickly than adults.
To summarise, children breathe more air, likely to be more polluted because they are closer to the ground, into an under-developed filtering system in their small lungs

13. Why is it so relaxing in the salt rooms?

Salt is negatively charged (negative ions) and has the natural ability to attract and bind positively charged particles to it (positive ions). The neutralizing forces of salt can cancel out positive charged and harmful electromagnetic vibrations in our environment (electro-smog), as well as in our body. Hence, salt therapy has de-stressing, relaxing effects; it is beneficial for calming the nervous system.

14. I thought salt was not good for us. Why is it good in the lungs?

Eating too much table salt is linked to high blood pressure due to the anti-caking agent (E535 and E536) content, which can increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes.
However with salt therapy you will breathe the diffused dry saline into the respiratory system, it does not have anti-caking agent in it and it does not even go go to your stomach,heart or kidneys. The concentration is 1-10 mg/m3 in salt cave at Salt Haven and a normal adult’s daily recommended salt intake is 6g, from this you can see that the amount of salt going into your respiratory system is really low.
Even if you would eat it instead of breathing it that amount would not trigger any issue. In the lungs however it kills the bacteria, reduce the mucus and inflammation.

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