Asthma is a condition in which your airways narrow and swell and produce extra mucus. This can make breathing difficult and trigger coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath. While salt therapy is not a cure for asthma, it does support your lungs to help open and relieve inflammation and congestion throughout your airways.

How Dry Salt Therapy Works:

Dry Salt Therapy consistently demonstrates a dramatic positive effect on asthma symptoms. Over a series of sessions, inhalation of dry salt aerosol will bring about the improvement of mucociliary clearance and decrease of bronchial inflammation, the decrease of elimination of pathogenic microorganisms, and a reduction of bronchial hyper-responsiveness.

This translates into better lung function, fewer spasmodic attacks, and clearer air passages. Naturally, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory sodium chloride particles are carried into the deepest recesses of the bronchial system due to the unique aerosol dispersal system and the microscopic size of the particles.

In controlled studies, most of subjects showed reduced bronchial obstruction, better drain function of the airways, and improved viscosity of bronchial secretions. The number and intensity of asthma attacks was reduced, and respiratory discomfort decreased or disappeared, which allowed most to reduce or even eliminate prescribed medications.

Allergies/Hay Fever

Allergies occur when your immune system reacts to a foreign substance – such as pollutants, pollen, airborne particles or pet dander – or to food that doesn’t cause a reaction in most people. Your immune system produces substances known as antibodies. When you have allergies, your immune system makes antibodies that identify a particular allergen as harmful, even though it isn’t. When you come into contact with the allergen, your immune system’s reaction can inflame your skin, sinuses, airways, or digestive system.

How Dry Salt Therapy Works:

Inflammation is reduced due to the natural properties of the inhaled salt particles, which also thin bronchial and nasal secretions. Improved drainage allows for a reduction in contaminants that may trigger or prolong allergic episodes. Salt’s ability to absorb edema from swollen mucosa linings in the sinuses and respiratory tract opens airways to bring about quick relief of symptoms. 100% natural with no side effects.

Cough's, Colds & Flu

The common cold is a viral infection of your nose and throat (upper respiratory tract). It’s usually harmless, although it might not feel that way. Many types of viruses can cause a common cold. Influenza is a viral infection that attacks your respiratory system — your nose, throat, and lungs.

How Dry Salt Therapy Works:

Dry Salt Therapy has an immediate remedial effect on the symptoms of colds and flu. Breathing becomes easier as inhaled salt aerosol naturally absorbs edema from swollen air passages and thins mucus secretions so that drainage is easier. The dispersal system of microscopic salt particles used in this therapy allows the salt aerosol to be taken deep into these cavities, bringing the antibacterial and anti-inflammatory actin to the root of the problem. Relief from the irritation of sticky mucus secretions and debris, as well as the antispasmodic effect produced by calming negative ions, calms and quiets coughs.

Equally important is the sterile, isolated treatment environment, free from exposure to any external challenges, which give the immune system the chance to reassert itself in this supportive atmosphere and initiate a healing process. Additionally, the deep cleaning the sinus cavities and respiratory tract inherent in this type of treatment reduces the toxic load on the immune system, regardless of external exposure. A series of Dry Salt Therapy treatments not only help to relieve and heal a current cold of flu episode but increases resistance to new infections for months in the future.

Sinus Infections/Sinusitis

Acute sinusitis causes the cavities around your nasal passages (sinuses) to become inflamed and swollen. This interferes with drainage and causes mucus to build up. With acute sinusitis, it might be difficult to breathe through your nose. The area around your eyes and face might feel swollen, and you might have throbbing facial pain or a headache.

How Dry Salt Therapy Works:

Relief of edema from swollen tissues widens passages, improving drainage and increasing aeration behind the tympanic membrane, reducing infection in the pockets where bacteria often build due to collected fluid. Relief from sinus infections is also achieved through deep penetrating dry salt particles. The negative charge of halo-aerosol particles causes them to be literally drawn in to the essentially positively charged environment of inflamed and infected sinus cavities. Relief is achieved quickly as mucus secretions become thinner and to can drain properly, removing trapped pockets of debris and bacteria. The ionic particles also stimulate the immune system, increasing the body’s innate ability to resist further infection as the antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties reduce the current episode. This can significantly reduce the use of antibiotics in chronic sufferers of ear and sinus infections.

Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic fibrosis is an inherited disorder that causes severe damage to the lungs, digestive system and other organs in the body. Cystic fibrosis affects the cells that produce mucus, sweat and digestive juices. These secreted fluids are normally thin and slippery. But in people with cystic fibrosis, a defective gene causes the secretions to become sticky and thick. I instead of acting as a lubricant, the secretions plug up tubes, ducts and passageways, especially in the lungs and pancreas.

How Dry Salt Therapy Works:

Dry Salt Therapy has proven to be an invaluable resource for sufferers of cystic fibrosis. The hydrophilic and mucokinetic action of inhaled salt particles thins unnaturally thick and sticky mucus, clearing accumulated secretions and unclogging passages in the bronchi and bronchiole. Other benefits are the absorption of edema from the mucosa lining of the airways and the reduction of inflammation in the respiratory tract and sinuses.
The extremely viscous nature of mucus secretions in patients with this disease often causes a buildup of bacteria. According to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine on the effects of salt therapy on cystic fibrosis patients, “The results of our trial were revolutionary. We saw a sustained improvement in lung function, a major reduction in the number of lung flare-ups, a reduced need for antibiotics to treat flare-ups, and fewer days off school or work due to illness.”

Ear Infections

An ear infection is most often a bacterial or viral infection that affects the middle ear, the air-filled space behind the eardrum that contains the tiny vibrating bones of the ear. Children are more likely than adults to get ear infections. Ear infections frequently are painful because of inflammation and buildup of fluids in the middle ear.

How Dry Salt Therapy Works:

Dry Salt Therapy’s ability to reduce edema in passages and cavities not immediately accessible to other means of treatment make it the perfect solution for dealing with ear and sinus infections. It is perfectly safe and comfortable for children as well as adults and can bring not only relief int he short term, but lasting resistance to recurrence of such infections. In the case of ear infections, aerosolized particles can penetrate deep into the internal passages of the ear, reducing inflammation, edema, and bacteria in the Eustachian tubes.

COPD,Chronic Bronchitis, Emphysema

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a chronic inflammatory lung disease that causes obstructed airflow from the lungs. Symptoms include breathing difficulty, cough, mucus (sputum) production, and wheezing. Emphysema and chronic bronchitis are the two most common conditions that contribute to COPD. Chronic bronchitis is inflammation of the lining of the bronchial tubes, which carry air to and from the air sacs (alveoli) of the lungs. It’s characterized by a daily cough and mucus production.

Emphysema is a condition in which the alveoli at the end of the smallest air passages (bronchioles) of the lungs are destroyed because of damaging exposure to cigarette smoke and other irritating gases and particulate matter.

How Dry Salt Therapy Works:

The multiple effects of Dry Salt Therapy work to cleanse the respiratory system and speed up the elimination of toxins in the body. Inflammation is reduced due to natural properties of the inhaled salt particles, which also thin bronchial and nasal secretions. The smallest micro particles of salt reach the lower respiratory system and work as a ‘bronchial toothbrush” for the airways.

Coronavirus and Halotherapy

It’s important to understand that the coronavirus (COVID-19) is a lung and respiratory health issue facing the world’s population and that dry salt therapy (aka halotherapy, "Halo is Greek for salt") has been researched for the past few decades around the world with very positive results in relieving upper respiratory conditions. In many countries it is an approved therapeutic treatment covered by health providers.

Salt Therapy Association (STA) Founding Director Dr. Daniel T. Layish, M.D., a 20-year veteran Pulmonologist and Board Certified in Pulmonary Disease recently said "It’s too early to tell what impact halotherapy may have with this strain of the coronavirus, however this coronavirus does affect the respiratory and lung system and dry salt therapy has shown to provide symptomatic benefit such as in clinical studies conducted that focused on patients with cystic fibrosis. While there is no need to be overly concerned at this time, being proactive and taking care of your respiratory system is becoming more important than ever before". According to the STA, dry salt therapy is antimicrobial which means it kills some microorganisms or stops their growth.

Halotherapy is provided by sitting in an environment where 99.99% pure grade sodium chloride is ground by a device called a halogenerator into micron-sized particles that are then dispersed into the salt room or salt therapy environment as a dry salt aerosol. This pure dry salt aerosol is then inhaled and penetrates deep into the respiratory system as well as through the surface layers of the skin. According to Dr. Layish, "While the pure grade sodium chloride is antibacterial, people should be aware of their surroundings and the CDC is a good resource of information such as ensuring you are washing your hands and cleaning surfaces.

COVID-19 is new and there have been no studies produced to show that halotherapy will prevent or relieve its symptoms. However, given the current evidence that supports relieving symptoms of upper and lower respiratory conditions, halotherapy is safe.