Thursday 16 January 2020

Salt Therapy Benefits for kids and Adults Health

My biggest fear when we came to know that we have to shift to Delhi was Delhi’s mammoth pollution. Thus, despite the opportunity being really worthy I tried to resist it as much as I could for I knew the ill effects of hazardous AQI on our respiratory health particularly. 

Nevertheless, we did shift and that too in peak pollution and winter months. I took crazy precautions and was mostly indoors with air purifiers yet had cough, cold and fever repeatedly for the first two months. Luckily I learned about an alternate therapy which can be extremely useful in giving us a respite from most of the simple and chronic respiratory disorders without any side effects and can work wonders even for our skin and aid us destress and even relieve our fatigue and anxiety.

 This therapy is known as Salt Therapy of Halotherapy and in this article, I intend to create awareness about this simple technique so that all of us can reap its advantage. I wonder why it has been an underdog so far because most of my friends and acquaintances who expressed a deep desire to know about this after reading about my experience on Instagram, admitted they had no idea about it. 

Well, Salt Therapy is an age-old therapy founded accidentally by a practicing doctor in Poland in 1843 where workers in underground salt mines suffered fewer respiratory sicknesses.

By chiseling and grinding the salt, the miners produced micro-sized particles of salt that were dispersed into the air of the mine and then inhaled which healed them. 

What is salt therapy? 

Salt therapy also known as halotherapy is a holistic, drug-free, non-invasive, natural therapy for relieving symptoms caused by congestion, inflammation, and allergies of respiratory system and skin. In halotherapy, micronized dry salt is inhaled in a chamber that mimics a salt cave environment. It promotes better breathing, healthier skin, sounder sleep, improved physical fitness, and endurance and wellness. 

Why is it beneficial?

The benefits stem from the fact that salt is antibacterial, antiinflammatory, it loosens excessive mucus and speeds up mucociliary transport, it removes pathogen agents (airborne pollen) and Reduces IgE level (immune system oversensitivity). 

Where is it given? 

Salt therapy is usually given in salt caves, salt rooms( for lungs) or salt beds (for better exposure of skin) which have relaxing massage chairs for adults and play rooms for kids. You can choose to do your favorite relaxing activity too inside. 

There the salt is grounded into tiny microparticles by special devices knows as halogenerators and then dispersed into the salt rooms or beds. While relaxing in one of these, we deep breath and inhale the salt-enriched air deep down into the lungs, for unparalleled healing benefits. 

The science behind Halo Therapy

The salt thus inhaled widens our airways and loosens the mucus, which begins to clear quickly, and inflammation is reduced, which makes more room in the airways for us to breathe and thus we start feeling better in just 15-25 minutes. Symptoms subside, sometimes for up to 12 months. The non-inhaled particles landing on the skin help to balance pH and induce the reparative and regenerative processes in the skin, increasing rigidity and stimulating our cell growth and microcirculation. Isn’t that super amazing and easy peasy? 

Suitable for which age group? 

This therapy is equally suitable for all age groups and has no side effects as the microparticles of common salt are getting in our respiratory system and not the digestive system. 

Whether it is babies, children or adults, salt therapy can help soothe a lot of skin, respiratory and lifestyle conditions for all. 

Why is it so important?

In today’s times of extreme pollution with our little ones often having repeated episodes of bitter cough and wheezing this therapy can prove vital and indispensable and saves us from resorting to antibiotics or steroids.

You will be amazed to know that salt therapy has proven benefits in the case of Asthma, COPD, Fibrosis, Sinus, Cold & Flu, Eczema, Psoriasis, Hay Fever, Stress, Anxiety, and Fatigue. However this does mean you skip your medication while taking it until the symptoms improve.

Salt therapy caves, spas and clinics are available now in many major cities in India and we can do it to a certain effective extent in our homes too. 

A Word of caution

Certain reports suggest inhaling large amount of salts can cause hypertension that is why the timings of this therapy are limited. It is advisable to get a health checkup done before taking this therapy.

How can we do Salt Therapy at home?  

For it we need to purchase an ultrasonic desalinizer or the salt machine which transforms the salt into minuscule particles, making them unobtrusive when breathing them in. The salt used in salt therapy should be natural rock salt to achieve the best results.

I first experienced a salt cave some years back in Europe and am so relieved finally to rediscover them in Delhi through Tata Salt team who are running an initiative around it. Its benefits are something I really wished all fo you to know and thus have tried to include all the basic information required about the same, in simplest terms here.

Disclaimer: The purpose of this post is to give you a brief idea about this therapy. Kindly consult your medical practitioner before taking it.

Truly Yours Roma

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