> What is Salt Therapy?

Salt Therapy, also called Halotherapy, is a completely natural, non-invasive and drug-free treatment for relieving symptoms caused by congestion, inflammation, and allergies of the respiratory system and skin. This therapy is based on the cleansing and healing properties (antibacterial, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory) of salt. By simulating the microclimate of natural salt caves within a controlled air medium, Salt Therapy offers relief from many chronic and acute respiratory and skin conditions.

> How does Salt Therapy work?

Salt Therapy is based on the principle of prolonged exposure to the microclimate found in natural salt mines or salt caves. Modern technology is used to reproduce the atmosphere of a salt mine with a monitored therapeutic microclimate. During halotherapy (salt therapy), salt aerosol is constantly dispersed into the air. The salt aerosol consists of dry salt particles, in sizes of 1 to 5 micrometers, which are ground in a special machine called a halogenerator. The tiny particles of salt can penetrate deep into the lungs and bronchi. The anti bacterial and anti inflammatory properties of dry salt aerosol have been shown to be significantly beneficial for upper and lower tract respiratory problems and infections, and conditions of the skin such as eczema, psoriasis, and acne.

Salt Therapy is intended to relieve congestion, inflammation and allergies of the airways and skin. Salt has remarkable cleansing and ‘healing’ properties of being anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory. When dry salt aerosol particles (of the correct size and grade) are naturally inhaled for a prolonged period, the phlegm and mucous build-up along the respiratory passages is loosened, allowing for a much easier release of the mucous and other toxins (through the nose and mouth). Salt particles of size < 5 microns can penetrate deep into the lungs, cleansing the airways along the way, speeding up the elimination of toxins, and resulting in slowing down of bacterial growth and increase in resistance to respiratory tract diseases. The anti-inflammatory properties of salt help to reduce swelling and inflammation of the respiratory tract, which creates more room in the airways and allows for easier and improved breathing.

Skin conditions that cause itchiness, dryness, rashes or flaking are relieved when exposed to dry salt aerosol for a prolonged period due to the favourable effects that salt has on the hair and blood micro-circulation of the skin. The salt aerosol particles act as bactericides and help to cleanse the skin of infections, as well as to lower the IgE level, a measure of antibodies, which is often high in people with allergies, thus making the skin less reactive to allergies which cause eczema, psoriasis, acne, and other such conditions.

> What indications/conditions/symptoms can be relieved by Salt Therapy?

Salt Therapy has been successful in offering relief from the symptoms of many respiratory and skin conditions in adults and children, including :

  • Asthma
  • Acne
  • Breathing difficulty
  • Bronchitis
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Chest infections
  • Colds & Flu
  • COPD
  • Cough
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Ear infections
  • Eczema
  • Emphysema
  • Hayfever
  • Psoriasis
  • Nasal congestion
  • Rhinitis
  • Sinusitis
  • Snoring
  • Seasonal allergies
  • Sports recovery
  • Tonsillitis
  • Wheezing

Besides the above-mentioned specific conditions, Salt Therapy can significantly help to strengthen one’s immunity against air-borne infections by cleansing the respiratory passages of allergens and by reducing the IgE level (immune system oversensitivity).

> What am I supposed to do during the Salt Therapy sessions?

This is the best part! All you have to do is sit back and relax in our comfortable chairs, breathe normally, and let the salt aerosol particles that you inhale work their way into the deepest parts of your lungs and start working towards helping you to breathe easier! In the case of skin conditions, there is nothing more to be done than expose the skin to the salt being dispersed in the room. You can read, or listen to music on your headphones, or take a nap. The children’s salt room has a number of books, games, puzzles, and TV programs to keep our young friends occupied. If it seems too good to be true, then give it a try!

> How many sessions would I need to get relief from my condition?

Being a completely natural therapy, this varies significantly depending on the type and severity of your condition. Some conditions will improve within just a few sessions, while other more persistent forms require a number of frequent sessions to show noticeable improvement. Generally speaking, for colds, ear infections, flu, and other temporary discomforts, 4 to 8 sessions should provide relief. For more enduring and continual (chronic) conditions such as asthma, bronchitis, rhinitis, sinusitis, eczema, cystic fibrosis it is recommended to take between 12 to 25 sessions for relief from symptoms lasting anywhere up to twelve months. It is advisable to take at least 2 to 3 sessions per week (and not less than one session a week) for best results.

> In which cases should Salt Therapy be avoided?

Please do not visit the spa whilst in the infectious or contagious stage of any illness (first 3 days of a cold, infections accompanied by fever, tuberculosis, chicken pox, measles, etc.).

Salt Therapy is completely natural and drug-free, and can be safely taken by anyone who is not suffering from an extreme medical condition. However, if you are suffering from any of the following extreme conditions, Salt Therapy should be avoided, or taken only after consent from your physician:

  • Stage 3 Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD) - 30% lung function
  • Acute stage of respiratory condition like an asthma attack
  • Cardiac insufficiency or cardiac disease
  • Haemorrhage or haemoptysis (spitting up blood)
  • Stage IIB hypertension (blood pressure > 160 and uncontrolled by medication)
  • Intoxication of any kind

If you have recently recovered from a serious illness, please check with your doctor before coming for salt therapy treatment.

> Should I stop taking my medications once I start my Salt Therapy sessions?

No. Salt Therapy is a complementary therapy and any medications prescribed by your doctor should not be stopped.

> Is Salt Therapy suitable for children and babies?

Yes. Salt Therapy is completely safe for children and babies aged 6+ months. Being a completely drug free treatment, there are no side effects. In fact, children respond to the therapy very quickly and effectively. We have a special room for children, with books, toys, a television and games, so that they can enjoy themselves whilst reaping the benefits of breathing in the salt aerosol.

> Is Salt Therapy suitable for pregnant women?

Yes, Salt Therapy is popular with pregnant mothers who would like to reduce their dependence on customary medicine for sinusitis, asthma, rhinitis, colds, coughs, and use a more natural method to obtain relief for their congestion and respiratory problems. The ionized dry salt aerosol has anti-bacterial and antiseptic properties, and provides improved immunity towards respiratory infections. As a precaution, pregnant women in their first trimester may check with their doctors before taking salt therapy.

> How are health improvements noticeable? What results can I expect?

For respiratory conditions : Normally, after a few sessions, you will notice that your breathing becomes easier. Over the course of your therapy, symptoms such as shortness of breath, sneezing, coughing and congestion will gradually be alleviated as the salt particles which are anti-bacterial, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory cleanse your system of mucous build up and pathogens, thereby widening the respiratory passages and allowing for improved breathing. Many people find that after doing a course in Salt Therapy, their symptoms are much improved and they can significantly reduce the use of their inhalers and steroids. However, please consult your doctor before making any changes in your medication schedule.

For skin-related conditions : Internally, Salt Therapy helps to lower the IgE level, a measure of antibodies, which is often high in people with allergies. This makes your skin less reactive to allergies which cause skin conditions. Over the course of your therapy, symptoms such as redness, itchiness and peeling will gradually be alleviated as the salt particles which are anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory help to cleanse the skin of bacterial infections and reduce oedema (swelling), thereby improving circulation on the surface of the skin.

> Are there any side effects of Salt Therapy?

Being completely natural and non-medicinal, there are no known negative side effects associated with Salt Therapy. In rare cases, people with overly sensitive skin may experience a mild skin irritation that will disappear naturally in a few days. Some people feel a slight throat tickle, which goes away by sipping warm water after the session. For people who have a lot of mucous build up, it is not uncommon to experience increased coughing in the beginning – this is the body’s way of eliminating the accumulated mucous and it shows that the Salt Therapy is working!

> Will there be other people in the room with me?

Yes, there will be others in the salt room with you (unless yours is the only appointment scheduled for that session). However, we have designed our (adult) room in a manner where you may increase or decrease your level of privacy based on your preference. We also have a private salt room (for 1-2 persons) for those who wish to have complete privacy.

> How sterile is the Salt Room? Can I catch an infection?

A stable, anti-bacterial environment is maintained in the therapy rooms, where the microclimate is more sterile than in a hospital’s operating theatre. It is therefore highly unlikely that any infection could be passed on during a session. Salt naturally absorbs bacteria and the 2+ tons of salt on the walls and floor ensure an extremely hygienic environment. Additionally, our air exchange system that runs continuously while the sessions are in progress, and then for 15 minutes after each session, ensures that fresh and filtered air is brought into the room after every session. These precautions ensure a high standard of hygiene in our salt rooms and virtually eliminate the risk of any infection being caught during the therapy sessions.

> 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, where we recommend you wear clothing that enables you to expose as much of the affected area as possible. We provide hair nets and shoe covers to wear during the therapy. The room is maintained at a comfortable temperature of 22º to 25º Celsius. We request that you do not wear any perfume or scented body lotion before your therapy as a courtesy to the other people in the room.

> What if I have hypertension/high blood pressure? I thought salt is not good for me?

The salt that you breathe in during the therapy is pharmaceutical grade salt with no anti-caking agent (E535 and E536) in it. Eating too much table salt is linked to high blood pressure due to the anti-caking agent content. During salt therapy, the salt that you breathe goes into your respiratory system and not directly into your blood stream.

The amount of salt breathed in during a 60 minute session is about 60 mg which is about 1% to 2% of the average person’s daily salt consumption.

> Is there clinical research to support Salt Therapy?

Salt Therapy (Halotherapy) is clinically proven :

  • to clear mucous from the airways, thus removing airflow obstruction
  • to enhance the mucociliary clearance mechanism in both asthmatic & healthy subjects
  • to balance airway-surface liquid
  • to provide anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial effects
  • to reduce bronchial hyper responsiveness
  • to improve lung function
  • to help clear unwanted inhaled particles from lungs
  • as a drug-free treatment for asthma, bronchitis, cystic fibrosis and sinusitis.

It is very important to understand that Salt Therapy is not a cure. It provides relief from symptoms. Clinical research has been conducted to test the effectiveness of Salt Therapy for the treatment of asthma, bronchitis, sinusitis, and other respiratory conditions. It has been found to provide a positive benefit without any known negative side effects. Most of the research has been carried out in eastern Europe, where salt therapy has become a popular and accepted form of alternative medicine. The most thorough medical research has been conducted by Dr. A. V. Chervinskaya, head of Clinical Research at the Respiratory Center in St. Petersburg, Russia who has published more than two hundred articles on the topic. More recently, the New England Journal of Medicine has published an article on the effectiveness of salt therapy in aiding people with cystic fibrosis. In 2011, in England, Salt Cave UK (the Company whose technology and equipment we are using) was invited by the NHS (National Health Services) to participate in a pilot project, as part of the Personal Health Budget program, to provide therapy for COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder) sufferers, which was paid for by the NHS, and they monitored these clients for over a year. Based on the encouraging results, NHS decided to pay for Salt Therapy provided with Salt Cave UK’s technology for clients with COPD. For a detailed list of medical studies carried out, please contact our receptionist.

> Why should I consider Salt Therapy?

Salt Therapy is designed to offer relief from symptoms caused by respiratory and skin conditions by cleansing the airways and skin. The treatment is completely non-invasive and drug-free, with no apparent side effects. Salt Therapy has helped thousands of people from around the world feel much better, with the easing and alleviation of their painful symptoms of respiratory and skin conditions. It is important to remember that it is a complementary therapy, to be used along with any prescribed medication.

> What are the benefits of Salt Therapy?

Salt Therapy can significantly help to :

  • Reduce the need for inhalers and antibiotics
  • Make your breathing easier after just a few sessions
  • Improve lung function
  • Alleviate sneezing, coughing, and shortness of breath
  • Cleanse the respiratory airways and skin of bacteria
  • Clear mucous and sticky phlegm from the lungs and airways
  • Increase resistance to respiratory tract diseases
  • Strengthen your immune system and prolong remission times
  • Improve general health and quality of life
  • Enhance performance for sportspersons and singers
  • Relieve painful and uncomfortable respiratory conditions
  • Relieve itchiness and inflammation of the skin caused by bacteria

> What is the success rate of Salt Therapy?

Over 42,000 customers visited 'The Salt Cave' (whose technology and equipment we are using) from 2008 to 2014, and in a survey conducted by them, nine out of ten clients recommend this therapy and are satisfied with the improvement shown. In fact, in 2011, National Health Services (NHS) in the UK invited 'The Salt Cave' to participate in a pilot project, as part of the Personal Health Budget program, to provide therapy for COPD sufferers. The NHS paid for their client’s treatment and they monitored these clients for over a year. Based on the results, the NHS decided to pay for Salt Therapy for clients with COPD using 'The Salt Cave'’s technology. In many clinical trials, Salt Therapy (Halotherapy) has proven to be effective in relieving symptoms of a variety of respiratory and skin ailments. During one of the clinical trials, Salt Therapy resulted in improvement of the clinical state in 85% of mild and moderate asthma cases, 75% of severe asthma cases, and 97% of chronic bronchitis, bronchiectasis and cystic fibrosis cases (“Journal of Aerosol Medicine, A.V. Chervinskaya, Volume 8, Number 3, 1995”).

> Can I accompany my child into the salt room?

Parents, relatives, etc. are welcome to accompany their children into the salt room. In fact, children under the age of 10 must have a relative/adult with them in the salt room at all times (there is no additional charge for the accompanying adult). For children above the age of 10, the parent/relative accompanying the child into the salt room would be charged. Alternatively, they are welcome to wait in our reception area.

> What are the packages and payment options available?

Please refer to our “pricing and packages” section to learn about the various packages that we offer. All payments are to be made at the time of taking the session, and can be made by either cash, cheque, or credit/debit cards.