The benefits of salt therapy (also called Halotherapy) or speleotherapy are well known and documented in Europe. Halotherapy uses dry aerosol micro particles of salt and minerals to treat respiratory diseases and seeks to replicate the conditions of speleotherapy (from Greek speleos=cave), a treatment that has been practiced in old salt mines of Eastern Europe since the early 19th century.
In the mid 18th Century a Polish health official Felix Botchkowski, noticed that the workers of salt mines did not get ill with lung diseases. He wrote a book about the effects of salt dust in 1843. His successor Mstislav Poljakowski founded a Salt Spa in Velicko near Krakow, which is still in operation. During the Second World War salt mines were often used as bombproof shelters. After spending time there many people who suffered from asthma felt that their health had gotten better! Today there are many salt sanatoriums in Europe (Austria, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Russia …).
The Halotherapy belongs to the category of the physical therapies non-drug and non invasive treatments of diseases. In the former Soviet Union, medical researchers engaged in a concerted effort to develop physical therapies in order to avoid the costs and side effects of drug therapy as well as microbial and tumour resistance. Russia has become the world leader in developing and testing new and increasingly effective physical therapies. Many of the clinical trials have focussed on Halotherapy as a treatment of asthma and chronic bronchitis and also very effective as a main or adjuvant therapy across the entire range of upper and lower respiratory tract diseases.
Respiratory diseases are a major cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Most drug therapies of respiratory diseases have only palliative effects, and many have significant side effects, especially those with corticoids or steroids. So, a physical therapy like Halotherapy is much needed.
Speleotherapy also makes a great demand on patients' time. The mines are not conveniently located for most people and the total cost is fairly significant.
An internationally recognized Romanian invention, a Halotherapy device Salin®, brings Speleotherapy to the comfort of your home in an affordable and convenient way.
The Salin® device is an air salinizer that uses forced ionization of the indoor air by salt sublimation creating a micro climate of dry aerosol salt therapy in your living space. The salt microcrystals are under 5 µm diameter and are able to penetrate deep into the lung.
The device has 4 clinical studies:
• Asthma and Chronic Bronchitis
• Allergic Rhinopathy
• Ear Infection in Children
• Cystic Fibrosis.
Based on the clinical studies, the inhaled saline has bactericide, mucokinetic, hydrophilic, anti inflammatory properties, reducing inflammation in the whole respiratory tract, absorbing edema from the mucosa lining the airway passages leading to widening of the airway passages, restoring the normal transport of mucus and unclog blockages in the bronchi and bronchioles leading to rapid elimination of the residual tar and foreign allergens.
Edema of the nasal mucosa and the oropharynx and soft palate, causing nasal obstruction and snoring, will be diminished, leading to widening of the airway passage in the nose and the tubes of the sinuses and improving the sinuses drainage and reducing snoring.
In the auditory tube, edema of the Eustachian tube causing ear infection, will be diminished, leading to widening of the airway passages, better drainage and better aeration behind the tympanic membrane.
Based on these, the Salin® device has beneficial effects in the treatment of:
• Asthma and Chronic Bronchitis
• COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
• Allergic Rhinopathy or Hay Fever
• Cystic Fibrosis
• Ear Infections
• Smoking Cough
• Various acute or chronic respiratory disease
• Reduce snoring and activates better sleep by clearing the airway passages in oropharyngeal region
• Increased resistance to Cold & Flu by opening and clearing the nasal airway and improving the drainage of the sinuses
• Humidifies the bronchial secretions reducing bronch-spasm and facilitating elimination of the smoke residual tar, phlegm expel and other allergens
• Improves the quality of the indoor air by eliminating the dust, cigarette smoke, bad odours, mold and mites, having bactericide reduction properties.
It is a natural method of therapy adapted to the living space and it does not involve any risk. The device is NOT a substitute for medical treatment and should only be used as an adjuvant.