AsthmaThe sterile, pure and dry-salt aerosol of the Salt Room Therapy penetrates into the bronchi and kills bacteria and viruses. Based on clinical studies, inhaled salty air has the ability to kill bacteria and increase mucociliary clearance, thereby reducing inflammation in the whole respiratory tract, absorbing edema from the mucosa lining the airway passages and restoring the respiratory tract. A study published in 1996 showed that inhaled saline aerosol increases mucociliary clearance in asthmatic and healthy subjects (Daviskas E. et al, Inhalation of hypertonic saline aerosol enhances mucociliary clearance in asthmatic and healthy subjects, Eur Respir J, 1996, 9, 725–732– Saline Inhalation in Asthma)
CroupCroup is a breathing difficulty that causes an inflammation of the upper airways including swelling of the vocal cords. The sterile, pure and dry-salt aerosol of the Salt Room Therapy penetrates into the upper airways and bronchi. The anti septic nature of the salt is able to kill bacteria and viruses and also increase mucociliary clearance, thereby reducing inflammation in the whole respiratory tract, including the upper airways. Salt is a natural anti inflammatory and therefore is able to reduce and clear airway swelling.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)Inhalation of salt aerosol is clinically proven to cleanse the respiratory system and speed up the elimination of toxins. The salt particles are able to penetrate into the bronchial tree. Dry saline aerosol works as a “bronchial brush” for the airways. Salt has bactericidal effects, cleansing microbial flora of the respiratory tract, slowing down bacterial growth and increasing resistance to respiratory tract diseases. Salt aerosol is a well known decongestant; it reduces inflammation widening of the airway passages, restoring the normal transport of mucous secretion and free blockages in the bronchi and bronchioles leading to rapid elimination of the residual tar and foreign allergens. It also has a hyposensitizing effect: the body becomes less sensitive to a substance that produces an allergic reaction (reduces IgE levels). Dry sodium chloride eliminates airborne pollen particles from the airways. The air composition strengthens immunity and better immunity decreases allergic reaction to pollens and other allergens.
Bronchitis and Chronic BronchitisBronchitis can follow a common cold and especially occur in smokers. A dry and spasmodic cough with phlegm are common and the inhalation of salt can help to kill bacteria and increase mucociliary clearance, thereby speeding the recovery. In a recently completed study, the use of a mist of saline solution delivered to treat bronchiolitis in children concluded that saline could significantly reduce the length of hospital stay and decrease the severity in infants with acute viral bronchitis (Zhang L et al. Nebulized hypertonic saline solution for acute bronchiolitis in infants. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2008, Issue 4. Art. No.: CD006458. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD006458.pub2.)
Chronic coughAn occasional cough is normal — it helps clear foreign substances and secretions from your lungs and prevents infection. But a cough that persists for long periods of time is usually the result of an underlying problem. Chronic cough is a cough that lingers for more than three weeks. Common causes of a chronic cough are stuffy nose, post nasal drip, acid reflux, pollution, smoke, allergens, asthma or chronic bronchitis. Based on clinical studies, inhaled salty air has the ability increase mucociliary clearance while at the same time cleansing both the upper and lower respiratory system of allergens. Please see sections on asthma and bronchitis for further information.
AllergiesSalt is a well known decongestant; it reduces inflammation widening of the airway passages, restoring the normal transport of mucous secretion and free blockages in the bronchi and bronchioles leading to rapid elimination of the residual tar and foreign allergens. It also has a hyposensitizing effect: the body becomes less sensitive to a substance which produces allergic reactions. Salt Therapy reduces IgE levels in the body. IgE is the antibody involved in allergic reactions. Dry sodium chloride aerosol eliminates airborne pollen particles from the airways. The air composition strengthens immunity and better immunity decreases allergic reaction to pollens and other allergens.
Seasonal Rhinitis and SinusitisAlthough much of the research has been completed using salt in a solution, we believe these studies indirectly support the use of salt therapies to treat sinus conditions. Recent evidence suggests that nasal irrigation with hypertonic saline may be useful as an adjunctive treatment modality in the management of many sinonasal diseases. (Garavello W et al., Hypersaline nasal irrigation in children with symptomatic seasonal allergic rhinitis: A randomized study, Pediatr Allergy Immunol 2003: 14: 140–143 –Sinusitis and Rhinitis ).
Additional studies of salt use to treat seasonal allergic rhinitis and Sinonasal diseases include:
- Parikh A, Scadding GK. Seasonal allergic rhinitis. Br Med J 1997: 314: 1392–5.
- Tomooka LT, Murphy C, Davidson TM. Clinical study and literature review of nasal irrigation. Laryngoscope2000: 110: 1189–93.
- Ferguson BJ. Allergic rhinitis: options for pharmacotherapy and immunotherapy. Postgrad Med 1997: 101:117–26.
- Taccariello M, Parikh A, Darby Y, Scadding G.Nasal douching as a valuable adjunct in the management of chronic rhinosinusitis. Rhinology 1999: 37: 29–32.
SnoringSalt Room Therapy can help to reduce snoring and improve sleeping by clearing the airway passages of mucosa that contribute to obstructions. Increased sinus drainage and clearance and also supported by relaxation and Flotation in Epsom Salts can help improve sleeping and overall health.
Enhance sports performance for athletesSalt Therapy can dramatically enhance sports performance by improving lung function and increasing lung capacity and stamina. The primary goal of every athlete is to achieve their maximum potential. One of the most important factors in attaining this is improving your breathing pattern. There are several known respiratory conditions and pulmonary limitations that affect athletes. These include air flow obstruction, which leads to a reduction in performance; increased bronchial responsiveness; exposure to airborne allergens and other unwanted inhaled particles; and respiratory illnesses and conditions such as asthma, allergies and airway inflammation. Salt Therapy is a completely natural, drug-free solution to these issues.
Dry saline aerosol inhalation treatment successfully addresses the needs of athletes by:
- Clearing mucus from the airways thus removing airflow obstruction
- Providing anti-inflammatory and bactericidal effects
- Reducing bronchial hyper responsiveness
- Helping to clear unwanted inhaled particles from lungs