Frequently Asked Questions
If you have any concerns please read this collection of frequently asked questions before contacting us. If you are still unclear about something feel free to contact.
What is Salt therapy?
Salt Therapy is a high dispersion saline aerosol microclimate treatment. It is a therapeutic method based on the principle of natural salt mine’s microclimate (Speleotherapy), which is prolonged exposure to the specific microclimate of caves and salt mines. It’s a patented method where dry salt aerosol plays an important role in the relief of health problems, and is used for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases, other respiratory problems and skin allergies.
How does Salt Therapy work?
Salt Therapy uses patented state of the art technology – a Dry Saline Aerosol Diffuser – to reproduce the atmosphere of the salt caves/salt mines with a monitored therapeutic microclimate. The air coming from the medical device is ionized and saturated with a natural substance – a low concentration of curative highly dispersed aerosol of dry saline (salt). Patients sit in an artificial salt cave, breathe in the dry agent, which is immediately transported to the smallest bronchi and to other parts of the respiratory tract. Once in place it dissolves and attracts the small impurities which are later either coughed up by the patient or which leave the organism during the metabolic processes via the bloodstream. The treatment eliminates the root of all inflammatory respiratory illnesses (of all inflections of the lower or upper respiratory tract, asthma, bronchi and allergy catarrh) by destroying bacteria and restoring health.
Which Symptoms can be treated by Salt Therapy?
- Chronic bronchitis
- Asthma, Hay Fever
- Ear infection
- Breathlessness, chest tightness
- Pneumonia after acute stage
- Bronchiectatic disease
- Smoker’s cough (including secondary smoke)
- Cough with viscous sputum discharging with difficulties
- Dry, paroxysmal cough with distant rales
- Dry rales (mostly with low tone) changing its localization during auscultation
- Frequent acute disorders of respiratory tract
- Multi-chemical sensitivity syndrome
- Sinusitis/sinus inflammation
- Respiratory infections
- Respiratory allergies to industrial and household pollutants
What results can patients expect?
Doctors have noted that thousands of patients have been successfully treated by Speleotherapy (treatment in natural salt caves) method in Canada, Russia, Hungary, Romania, Poland, Austria and Germany since 1940. After taking treatments, their breathing became easier, symptoms such as sneezing, coughing and shortness of breath were improved, medical drug usage has decreased significantly. Salt Therapy mimics the natural salt environment and patients experience positive results in as soon as 7-30 days.
How is health improvement of the patients manifested ?
As a result of the therapy, the state of the bronchi is restored, breathing becomes easier and the quality of the function of breathing improves. This leads to the normalization of other bodily systems. Thanks to the stronger immune system sick days will decrease and patients will be more healthy. In the case of patients suffering from asthma and cough symptoms the inflammation causing the spasms of the bronchus will stop, and the airing of the bronchial tube will be normalized leading to the end of breathless attacks.
Is Salt Therapy recommended for children ?
Salt Therapy is a 100% drug free treatment with no artificial elements. The treatment is suitable for children at any age (as young as 1 month old). Children respond to the therapy very quickly and effectively.
Why is relative humidity important in the cave?
The humidity has to be between 40-70% in the room. If the air is too dry or too humid the efficiency of the therapy will drop as the particles cannot get into the smallest parts of the lungs (alveoli). This is why fountains or other water related appliances cannot be installed in a salt cave.
Why is it so relaxing inside?
Salt has the natural ability to balance the positive charge by binding the excessive positive ions with its negative ions. Therefore, 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.
I thought salt is not good for us. Why is it good in the lungs?
Eating too much salt is linked to high blood pressure, which can increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes. However with Salt Therapy you will breathe the dry saline aerosol into the respiratory system, it does not go to your stomach / heart / kidneys. The concentration is 1-10 mg/m3 is in the Salt Cave 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.
How sterile is the microclimate in The Salt Cave?
The microclimate is 3 times cleaner in The Salt Cave than in a sterile surgery room in a hospital therefore it is almost impossible to catch any infection or bacteria during the therapy.
A stable hypoallergenic, hypobacterial environment is maintained in the therapeutic room. The assessment of the microbial contamination during a session of Halotherapy proves that 1m3 contains from 90 – 200 saprophytic microorganisms (according to WHO standards on air sterility, 1 m3 should contain less than 300 microbial bodies). If somehow any bacteria would get into the Cave during and it would not be killed by the 6 tons of salt located in the Cave due to the 15 minutes ventilation after each session it would be blown out from the building.
Indications for efficient use of salt:
- Healthy or apparently healthy people exposed to the salt atmosphere approx. 1 hour min / day to obtain the results of prevention and mineralization of body for 12 to 18 days a cure, which may be repeated cyclically few months or whenever necessary
- For asthma, depending on the degree of manifestation of the disease, 1 hour minutes – 1 hour / day for 24 to 30 days / relief that can be repeated cyclically, with a rest period of approx. 3-6 months, or times whenever one needs.
- For various respiratory diseases, depending on their degree of expression between 30 to 60 min / day for 14 to 24 days / cure and the treatment of prevention, especially in periods of change of seasons, when bodies are prone to illness, between 30 – 60 min / day for min. 12 days.
- Remineralizare in the treatment of the body, in the treatment of maintenance in the treatment of relaxation, in the treatment of recovery, in the treatment of prevention, etc. between 30 – 60 min / day
- Whenever one wants min. 30 min. / day.
Does it do negative ionization?
The dry sodium chloride (salt) aerosol has a considerable level of negative charge of the particles and this is leading to a negative ionization of the air surrounding the salt ions. Also, the inner surfaces of airways have a slight positive charge. Negatively charged particles of dry sodium chloride aerosol move in the lumen of respiratory tract and settle more intensely compared to neutral particles. In addition, the negative charge increases aerosol stability.
What the difference between Salt Pipe and The Salt Cave?
The heart of The Salt Cave is a medical device, called Dry Saline Diffuser, which continuously generates and monitors the dry salt aerosol microclimate. In the halochamber the concentration; size of the particles; temperature; humidity and the level of negative ionized charging, is constantly measured and controlled during the session. Salt Pipes purchased from the internet could be cheap, but obviously 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 usage, therefore won’t be able to make any healing effect.
Will Halotherapy device interact with other medication?
No! The device could be a complementary or stand alone (alternative) treatment and does not interact with any classical treatment.
Is Saline contraindicated in low-salt diet?
No! The salt micro particles are so small that won’t be able to affect negatively a low-salt diet. When you breathe the salty air, the total amount of the inhaled salt is extremely small (under 0,2g/day in the first 10 days of usage and under 0,lg/day in the first month). These quantities of salt reach the epithelium surface and are eliminated with the mucus. Considering this, it is estimated that the persons with salt restrictions, would have nothing to worry about.
What are the advantages of Salt Therapy compared to medicine?
Salt therapy is a risk free treatment method. While modern pharmaceuticals provide effective relief from chronic diseases, there are serious side effects associated with repeated or prolonged use. Continuous drug therapy is associated with the possible development of allergic or toxic reactions, development of antibiotic tolerant species of microorganisms and long term immune system destruction.
Who should not take salt therapy sessions?
If one is having Infections accompanied by fever, Severe high blood pressure, Cancer, Kidney Disease, Severe Heart Problems, Tuberculosis, Hyperthyroidism, Cirrhosis and emphysema they are not good candidates for Salt Therapy.
How safe is Salt Therapy?
Salt Therapy is 100% natural, safe and drug-free. It provides effective long-term relief from various respiratory illnesses. It can be used as a complementary treatment or as a sole treatment.
What advantages does a Salt Cave - Salt Therapy have over there original salt mine cave environment?
Unlike the natural cave/salt mine clinic, the artificial Salt Cave with our special nebulizer is a controlled environment where the salt aerosol 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 with dry sodium chloride aerosol. A session in our Salt Cave takes 1 hour minutes and patients come back 10-30 times depending on their condition. Meanwhile in a natural salt cave, people spend 2-3 hours a day, during a period of 2-3 months.
What does it mean that your microclimate is controlled?
Some Salt Caves have a device which blows in salty air before or sometimes during the session. In this cases there is no sensor located in the room, therefore the device cannot adjust the size of the particles or the concentration. Obviously these devices cannot personalize the blown-in air to the size or shape of the room, or simply to the needs of the patients with various respiratory problems. Therefore the healing effect will be much lower of a non-controlled microclimate than a controlled one where information is sent back to the device in every second and it can continuously adjust the parameters in order to provide a stable, efficient aerosol.
Why children suffer more often from respiratory illnesses?
The natural self defence mechanism of the respiratory system is not fully developed before the age 9. During this period even larger particles of pollution can reach their lungs as the cilia cannot filter them out.
The second reason is that children are shorter therefore they are breathing in the air at lower levels. The air is always more polluted closer to the ground, (e.g. This is why the buggies are higher these days than 20 years ago) The third reason is that children are breathing the air in much more often than adults do. Therefore they are breathing in more polluted air with not fully developed filtering system than adults.
Will the other air cleaners take the salt out of the air that the Halotherapy Device puts in the air?
Even if the majority of salt micro particles are under 1 micron, some filters as HEPA can remove the salt micro particles from air. However, it is recommended that the device should be used at least 8 hours a day, and preferable during the night and to be “”25-30 inches from the patient, preferable at the same level (e.g. using a night table), and the air flows towards him. Using these directions you’ll be able to benefit of the salty air even if you use other air cleaners..
How the device helps in a better sleep?
Many people have noticed that they sleep better with Salin. This is because it helps in cleaning and widening all the airways, leading instead to an easier breathing and proper amount of oxygen in your blood, so better blood oxygenation. When you wake-up in the morning you’ll feel a fresh air and a clear mind.
Is the device recommended also for healthy people?
Yes! Because of its general healthy and hygiene effects, the Saline device is recommended not only for people suffering from respiratory problems, but also for healthy people to increase the immunity of the respiratory system.
The device affects the flow of secretions of the respiratory passages and strengthens the vibrations of cilia, allowing the secretions to be removed quickly and respiratory passages to be cleared, bringing an easier and comfortable breathing pattern. Saline device frequently helps in clearing the nasal passages, diminishes the snoring and obtain a more relaxed and therapeutic sleep.
Is there any disorders that it is not recommended for? (e.g Down syndrome, Lennox Gastaut syndrome (severe form of epilepsy), etc?
No! This therapy is very safe, no side-effects and no interaction with other treatments. Unless the noise could disturb a very sensitive person, the salt therapy itself is very safe.
How the device helps in snoring?
For many snorers has been noticed that they don’t snore as loud as before or they stop snoring. The sodium ion reduces the oro-pharyngeal and soft palate edema, often met with snoring, resulting in improvement and diminishing of snoring.
Is the device safe in infants and small children?
Yes! It is very safe! Fighting with flu and colds in infants and small children could give you a hard time. The Halotherapy device is a real help in opening and clearing the airways and get rid of stuffy nose and wake-ups during the night. A regular use of the device will increase the resistance to flu and cold and a faster recover after an episode.
How it helps in ear infection?
In infants and small children, ear infection could appear very often. To help them to get better sooner and reduce the rate of recurrence, you should place their bed under an angle (the head should stay upper then feet) and place the device close to the bed with the air stream towards them. In the auditory tube, edema of the Eustachian tube mucosa, causing obstruction and otitis media, will be diminished, leading to widening of the airway passages, better drainage of the inflammatory secretions & better aeration behind the tympanic membrane (drum). The fact the inhaled saline has bactericide and bacteriostatic properties also help.
Will the salt sting my eyes? My eyes burn and itch from allergies.
The salty air will not harm your eyes because the salt micro particles are very, very small, under 5 microns with a majority under 1 micron; you cannot feel the salt into air or taste salty. Also, in speleotherapy (salt cave therapy) has been noticed the allergen free micro environment due to bactericide and bacteriostatic properties of the salt.