SaltRocks! on Salt Therapy & the Mineral Salt Inhaler
Salt is vital for our health. Right now, we have around 250 grams of salt, about a cup full, working to keep us alive. Without enough salt, muscles won't contract, blood won't circulate, food won't digest and the heart won't beat. Salt Therapy is categorized under non-drug, physical therapies and non-invasive treatments of diseases. Clinical trials have focused on Salt Therapy as a treatment for asthma and chronic bronchitis. It is also effective as a main or adjunct therapy across the entire range of upper and lower respiratory tract diseases.
SALTPIPE : A BREATH OF FRESH AIR
" Living by the sea can work wonders for those who suffer from respiratory problems such as asthma. The saltpipe offers a breath of fresh air without having to set foot on the beach. It contains salt crystals whose natural properties have a calming and cleansing effect on the respiratory system. The saltpipe can also treat snoring, common infections, and problems caused by smoking. "
OK Magazine - Health Section
In case you are concerned about depletion of the earth's natural resources, you can be certain that salt supplies in the mine are more than adequate to meet all of our needs. Interestingly, the salt hill (Dealul Sarii) from Praid is a geological oddity: inside this cave of about 2000m mass of minerals, there can be found 3 billion tons of crystal salt!
SaltRocks! on Past & Present Day Uses of Salt Therapy
Multitudes of people have utilized salt therapy (also known as "halotherapy") in one way or another throughout past decades to the present. Some take refuge breathing in the salty, ocean air at the seaside (read above clip from OK Magazine), others go directly to the Dead Sea itself while still others have journeyed to the famous salt mines in Poland, Austria and Romania. The practice of inhaling salt mine cave air is called "Speleotherapy" (speleos means cave in Greek). This remedy was and still is sought after because of the antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal qualities of the salty cave air. Its salty microclimate calms, cleanses and revives the cells of the respiratory system. Thousands of sojourners have experienced relief from respiratory disease and sickness strictly using speleotherapy as their only remedy. It started in the 19th century when a Polish physician noted that salt miners seldom suffered from respiratory ailments. Here, the symptoms of inflammatory diseases such as asthma, bronchitis and allergic rhinitis have more often than not been relieved, if not completely eradicated.
Present day usage of halotherapy is common place. Such examples of well-known salt therapy are seen with the Neti Pot, used for nasal relief and Epsom salt baths for detoxification and relaxation of the body (salt water therapy = Thalassotherapy). Check out our library, worth its weight in salt, on Other Ways that SaltRocks!TM
Past examples of the use of salt to obtain health benefits again includes the Neti Pot for the nose as this remedy is centuries old, practiced by the Indians in Ayurvedic medicine. Benjamin Franklin states in his biography that when struck with a cold, he would go to the sea and drink the water. Because of the antiviral properties of sea salt, he was cured the next day. Hippocrates, the father of medicine, discovered the therapeutic qualities of seawater by noticing the healing effects it had on the injured hands of fishermen. He then employed salt therapy by applying the age-old method of inhaling the steam from boiled salt water and also recommended that his understudies bathe in the ocean to reap all the benefits. Documentation from Ocean Plasma, an organization whose mission is to reeducate the public about the importance of halotherapy, states:
The therapeutic importance of Sodium Chloride is well known. It was already employed with success by Amédé Latour (1830-1857) with pulmonary tuberculosis, by Martin Solon (1842) and by Bouchardat (1851) with diabetes, by Plouvier (1847) with toxemia, iron deficiency and anemia etc., by Piorry (1850), Gintrac (1850), Brugs (1851), Larière (1851), Villemin (1854), Hutchinson (1854), Moroschkin (1856), Piogh (1870) with intermittent fever, and was, and still is, heavily used by all modern [medical] facilities with intra-venous or subcutaneous injections for the most varied afflictions.
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