In Europe there is a salt mineral therapy used as a conventional treatment and is now booming worldwide.
What is salt mineral therapy?
Salt mineral therapy – also known as speleotherapy – is the practice of inhaling air from salt mine caves. Felix Bochkovsky, a Polish physician, noted that salt miners seldom suffered from respiratory ailments. That’s when this therapy was first established in the 19th century. It has since been used throughout Europe to help treat various respiratory disorders and skin ailments.
This form of therapy can offer a safe and effective treatment on its own or as a complementary addition which is suitable for both adults and children as young as four months.
Salt cave spas
Modeled on Europe’s natural salt caves and caverns – offer a 100% natural, drug-free and non-invasive form of therapy. In country like Australia, the unique rock salts are imported and kept in prime condition through controlled atmospheric regulation. Salt cave rooms can help to optimise respiratory cellular function and immune system enhancement and also hold a bacteria-free atmosphere.
These salt cave spas can be beneficial for conditions such as allergies, bronchitis, eczema, colds, psoriasis, asthma and sinusitis, and are very famous around the world.
Naturally formed rock salt caverns are made from the evaporation of sea water and contain numerous minerals including potassium, sodium, calcium, magnesium, chlorine, bromine, selenium, sulphur, and iodine.
Effect on the respiratory system
The microscopic salt molecules travel through the sinuses and respiratory system absorbing moisture, cleansing, clearing mucus, killing bacteria along the way and reducing inflammation. They are also easily inhaled.
These elemental ions also restore the body’s ionic balance and form ionic bonds with contaminants which are transferred to mucus and phlegm and subsequently discharged from the body.
Does it work?
Clinical trials have focused on salt mineral therapy and found that this therapy is effective for a range of upper and lower respiratory tract diseases, and is a treatment for both acute and chronic respiratory issues.