Asthma is a respiratory condition, which is very painful and marked by sudden spasmodic attacks in the bronchi of the lungs. The common symptoms of asthma are difficulty in breathing, wheezing, cough, chest tightness etc and all these usually get aggressive during night. Asthma is triggered by allergic reactions and usually occurs to people with hypersensitive respiratory tracks.
Salt therapy or Halo therapy is quite in demand these days and helps in curing asthma symptoms quite effectively in short time span. It also helps to treat other respiratory problems and also disorders like eczema and psoriasis. Here is a comprehensive guide on everything you need to know about salt therapy to treat asthma –
What is Salt Therapy?
Salt Therapy is a powerful and completely natural method to treat asthma in a controlled air medium. The environment of the salt room is activated in a way that simulates the natural salt to enter the respiratory tract and create a micro climate within the bronchi. This therapy was first initiated in Greece decades back and now the modern day doctors are recommending this therapy and promoting its effects. There are no side effects of salt therapy.
How does Salt therapy work?
- Salt has the ability to kill bacteria.
- The salt when enters the bronchial tubes, widens the airways, thereby reducing inflammation.
- Salt is mucolytic in nature and so it aids in flowing out of the remaining mucus to restrict the chances of infection and further discomfort.
- Salt reduces IgE levels, which ensures that your immune system will stop reacting to asthma/allergy triggers.
Why Salt Therapy is Recommended for Asthma Patients?
Salt therapy not only brings you the much-needed relief, but also prevents the repeated recurrence of your asthmatic symptoms. Asthma if left untreated can cause chronic inflammation and the lungs can also get irreversibly obstructed. There are many prescription drugs and inhalers to give you immediate relief, but this therapy is definitely better than those as it gives you lasting effect and addresses the underlying problem.
How often should Salt Therapy be Done?
- The number of sessions depends on the age and severity of the patient; however 10-30 sessions are needed to get long term results.
- The sessions should be planned frequently, around 2-3 times a week to get the best results.
- After a normal course of salt therapy, most patients find their airways have expanded and have become normal; the symptoms of asthma slowly disappear. The success rate of salt therapy amongst asthma patients is about 75-98%.
- Depending on the acuteness, many patients opt for 1-2 Salt Therapy courses annually.
Salt therapy is done in two ways – firstly by placing huge amounts of salt or salt bricks in the treatment room, which is not very effective because the salt can evaporate as different conditions are being treated in the room at one time. You need to spend hours in this kind of salt room to get the desired effect.
The second method is wet salt therapy, where a saline solution is mechanically evaporated into the air and it is breathed in by the patients. This method is far more effective as while inhaling the salt particles reaches the throat and also the deepest regions of the sinuses and lungs.