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Halotherapy = Salt therapy

The basis of the halo therapy (salt therapy) is speleotherapy, i.e. cure in the atmosphere of salt caves and salt shafts. According to the old facts, the medieval monks took sick to the salt caves and let them to breathe into their lungs the salt particles, which were created while the monks were crushing the stalactites.

The salt generator IIRISIn Europe, the salt therapy started to gain popularity in the 19th century. The salt industrialists in Poland noticed that none of the miners in the salt shafts ever suffered from the lung related diseases, for example pneumonia and asthma. It was then that the first underground cure centre was established in Poland, Velicko, to cure the aforementioned diseases, especially asthma.

The healing power of the salt was also noticed at the end of the World War Two, namely at the bomb shelters. Very soon, the sanatoriums for asthmatics were opened in German, Swiss, Hungarian, Bulgarian and Yugoslavian natural salt caves. The scientific research of the efficacy of the salt started in 1968. As a result, the officially approved scientific basis of speleo therapy was founded. This came about in the Hospital of Allergic Diseases in the city of Solotvino, West Ukraine, where the treatment and research was carried out in the salt shaft. Much obligated to the research results, the new effective asthma treatment method was established. It acquired the name of "halo therapy". It is based on patients' being in the special salt room, where the salt aerosol is constantly scattered into the air for the patients to breathe in. The salt aerosol consists of tiny and dry salt particles which are grinded in the special salt generator. What exactly the salt room is

We provide salt rooms in different sizes, starting from the single-person room (2-3 m2) to 10-persons' room (18m2). Extra large rooms can fit in up to 30 patients at the time. The walls, ceiling and floor of the salt room are covered with at least quadruple layers of salt. This salt is dry and has about 1-15 in depth. For this purpose, 1000-5000 kg clean and white NaCl rock salt is needed.

Inside the salt room, patients can experience the following conditions: * humidity of 40-50%
* temperature of 20-24C
* the aerosol concentration of 0,5-15 mg/m3

The salt aerosol consists of salt particles in sizes of 1-5 mkm. The particles carry kinetic energy which is succeeding immediately after crushing the salt crystals in the grinder.

In case of different diseases, various cure modes can be implemented. For example, the level of the aerosol and the duration of the treatment can be adjusted according to the wish.

Usually, the common salt treatment session lasts about 20-40 minutes. This is repeated every day in 10 days. It is also extremely recommended to repeat the treatment 2-3 times in a year.

The power of the salt generator does not exeed 200W. The salt demand is max 100 g for each session.

The salt rooms can be:

* stationary (non-takedown)
* Salt cabins (built out of materials that allow dismantling)

The salt room prefigures a dry, sterile and hermetic space in sizes varying from 2-30 m2. Few tonnes of dry rock salt create a special microclimate which is identical to the underground salt caves:

* the air saturated with salt aerosol, which consists of negative ions
* humidity of 40-50%
* temperature 20-22C
* silence

The patients sit in relaxed positions on the comfortable deck chairs and take sessions of 30-40 minutes. The diffused light and calming music are adding to help the patient relax. The kids can play "sand cave adventures" in the saltbox, where sand is substituted by the salt. The aerosol emerging from the salt generator is curative for the skin and respiratory system.

In which cases the salt therapy would be recommended?

* frequent viral infections, coughs and colds
* asthma
* chronic ENT illnesses (ear-nose-throat)
* bronchitis
* frequent ear infections
* problems with skin, caused by allergies
* allergic colds
* eczema and dermatitis
* psoriasis
* stress, nervous instability, anxiety
* insomnia
* joint aches and arthritis

In which cases the salt treatment would not be recommended?
* infections, accompanied by fever
* patients who had a cancer
* patients who have or had a tuberculosis
* patients who have cardiac insufficiency
* high blood pressure diseases

CURATIVE INFLUENCE

Doctors say that salt rooms are extremely suitable for asthmatics: the influence of salt facilitates the secretion of sputum, and dyspnea is reduced or disappears totally.

Extremely fine salt destroys the bacteria and fungi on mucosa at the same time strengthening the immune system related to mucosa. Therefore, children who have been treated in a salt room have stronger health and they fall ill less frequently. Employees of salt rooms have also experienced the curative influence of it, saying that they have not been ill with any viral diseases during the last two years of working in the salt room. Salt also relieves mucus oedema: you stop sneezing, the congested nose disappears, and rhinitis is relieved or disappears. However, sometimes you start coughing more after being in a salt room. Still this does not mean that your health has worsened. Quite the contrary - it is a sign of recovery. Salt aerosol is good for your nervous system and relieves stress as it contains several negative ions. Besides, salt rooms helps to get rid of various dermal problems, as salt destroys bacteria on your skin.

Salt rooms have an effect on people with:

* asthma

* long acute diseases of the upper airways
* chronic diseases of the airways
* chronic pharyngitis
* chronic tonsillitis or inflammation of the tonsils
* chronic maxillary sinusitis
* chronic inflammation of the pharyngeal tonsil
* bronchitis which has persisted longer than two weeks
* chronic bronchitis
* relapsing bronchitis and pneumonia
* chronic and acute otitis
* frequent viral infections
* polinosis or hay rhinitis
* psoriasis
* putrid dermal infection

One treatment session lasts 45 minutes, and depending on the disease you have to go 10-15 times. If necessary, you can have two treatment courses a year. No age limits. Very small children have shorter sessions with lower salt concentration. General practitioners, family doctors, otorhinolaryngologists and allergologists can send patients to a salt room. We use common salt (sodium chloride) or halo aerosols because they are widespread in nature. Normally salt concentration in the air is 0,1-1,5 mg/m3, where it moves due to ventilation. Contemporary technology enables the salt concentration in aerosol to be maintained. 0,5 - 12,0 mg/m3-s

The main effective factor is a curative breathing environment, which is saturated with common salt/sodium chloride. We pneumatically get dry salt aerosol in the halo room simultaneously grinding salt in "the mill." The latter also generates the negative charge of the particles, which is most favourable to human body.

In addition to a halo room it is also possible to use an individual halo inhaler, inhaling dry air saturated with sodium chloride through a mask covering one's mouth and nose. This inhaler is convenient to use at home or at a treatment institution for short-term and operative treatment courses, especially for patients with LOR pathology.