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Salt Rooms do help people breathe better. The AAFA is wrong on this topic.

Salt Room Therapy (Halotherapy) just plain works:

1.  In the 1800s a doctor in Poland noticed that workers in a salt mine had excellent respiratory health.

2.  He took patients into the salt mine and they improved.  

3.  In the 1990s pulmonologists in Russia explored the reason patients improved – microscopic salt particles suspended in the air – and had engineers create a machine to replicate this in a clinical setting.  

4.  During the next decade Salt Room technology was fine-tuned and thousands of subjects were tested, proving an effectiveness of about 85% (for significant improvements) but even the remaining 15% received at least slight improvements. 

OK, now the bad news: 

1.  Salt Therapy is generally time-consuming, so most people in this fast-paced world cannot take full advantage of it.  (Sessions should be 45 minutes to an hour.) 

2.  Insurance won't pay for it yet, but spending a few hundred dollars, for example, can save thousands of dollars in medical expenses, and provide relief that no medicine alone can provide. 

3.  Salt Rooms are not everywhere, but about 500 have been built in the USA since 2009 and many more are on the way.   

The AAFA seems to have a very close-minded board of directors, which is made up of doctors, and has shown no interest in anything except dependence on endless medicine and doctor visits.  The AAFA has thus stated that Salt Rooms should be avoided, yet anyone with asthma or allergies who has ever done a course of Salt Therapy knows that they are completely wrong.  The AAFA, if it truly wishes to help asthmatics, should find ways to make Salt Rooms more accessible to those who need them. 

One last note, along with the spread of genuine Halotherapy, places offering some other kind of 'salt therapy' have emerged, which incorrectly use the term halotherapy.  To be certain that your local Halotherapy provider is genuine, simply confirm that they utilize a Halogenerator which produces dry salt particles within the range of one half (.5) and 10 microns. 

 

 

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  • Shea

    Big words….. I am a skeptic of everything. Western, eastern.. Northern, southern… All of the erns. But I am also ooen-minded and like reading studies. And I have severe asthma trying to wean off prednisone without flaring– mine is allergic asthma. Just out of curiousity, do you have any financial affiliation with the salt rooms or receive any perks? (If you do it doesn't discount them as a therapy, I am just curious about your relationship with them). Do you have a link to any studies? 

    I have noticed my lungs do better around salt water (as long as its not red tide). Salt has lots of healing properties. So I am open to learning more.

  • Maxmakc

    I opened one of the first salt rooms in the USA in 2010 to help my daughter with bad asthma that required lots of medicine.  After a month of salt room therapy she was able to stop all medications for a few months.  On average, once a week visits turned her bad asthma into very mild asthma (she still carried the albuterol inhaler, but sometimes wouldn't take more than a couple doses before it expired, and she no longer needed steroids except for a rare occasion in a polluted environment, and even then her reaction was mild.)  For two years I had laughed off this therapy after first hearing about it from a friend from Israel, where salt rooms were common, but after looking into it seriously, I became convinced to build my own after just a few hours of research.  It just plain makes sense, and much better than when you are near the salty ocean air, which only provides temporary relief.  The first session usually already provides a noticeable benefit, but this therapy should really be judged after completing a full course of therapy, 10 to 20 sessions for starters, for chronic conditions.  Asthma comes in many different forms and the required number of sessions varies.  

     

    My Salt Therapy business has always done well, but I started this topic because I simply cannot reconcile with the fact that many doctors and biased organizations like the AAFA actually frighten people from the most promising therapy for improving the lives of respiratory sufferers.  To their credit, however, this topic still exists in their forum.   

  • Shea

    Yes I understand that would be frustrating to have such a positive personal experience and business and feel biased because it isn't mainstream or pharmaceutical. Many of my doctors only know meds, but allergists who look for avoidance and into products for homes are making progress into the lifestyle aspect of allergy and asthma control, and monitoring the quality of air we breathe and the concept of salt rooms seems to definitely fit onto that category and supplement treatments. I hope they endorse more things like this as they learn more. I'd try it if it was in my area Florida and use high quality salts like Himalayan dead sea salt. It doesn't seem to be too risky and I am all about trying to find things that supplement my treatment program that I can feel and judge for myself. 

    I like aafa's forum here because it is where we the patients talk about things we are trying out, and aafa doesnt have to endorse them but we pass along personal experience. I am sure AAFA will put their stamp of approval on it officially if/when they have enough quantifiable research to feel comfortable doing so. 

    Thank you for posting some info about it. I will keep my eyes open for places opening near me.