The benefits of spending time in the unique microclimate found in salt rooms, salt mines or salt caves are fairly unrecognized by Americans. However, to Europeans whose physicians and therapists have been prescribing them to improve symptoms of asthma, bronchitis, chronic ear-nose-throat conditions such as allergies, sinusitis and insomnia, they are well known and appreciated.
For example, the Journal of Aerosol Medicine reported the results of “Halotherapy for Treatment of Respiratory Diseases”. The clinical study paper by Alvina V. Chervinskaya and Nora A. Zilber, noted the results of the study conductedat the Saint-Petersburg Pavlov National Medical University in Russia. According to the report, “Great experience in the treatment of patients with various forms of chronic nonspecific pulmonary diseases has proved Speleotherapy to be very effective under the conditions of the salt mine microclimate of Solotvino. The therapeutic effect has been proved by the data of biochemical immunological and microbiological research (Simyonka 1989, Slivko, 1980, Yefimova et al, 1990, Zadorozhnaya et al, 1986). It is assumed that during the treatment the organism adapts to the specific features of the microclimate and alters all its functional systems.”
The concept of salt therapy, also known as halotherapy and speleotherapy, was rediscovered in Eastern Europe during the 19th century when a Polish physician noted that salt miners seldom had respiratory diseases. Improvement to the breathing of miners was also noted much earlier during ancient Roman and medieval times. Although the antibacterial, antimicrobial, and antifungal qualities of salt therapy can be experienced at approximately 20 salt therapy centers throughout the U.S. and Canada, they can also be experienced in a do-it-yourself form with a salt inhaler using Himalayan salt, which is mined in the second largest salt mine in the world located in Pakistan about 300 kilometers from the Himalayan Mountains. Prized for its pureness, Himalayan salt can be enjoyed as a crystal lamp, which also serves as a healthy work of art, as bath salt or edible crystal salt.
While it is believed that Himalayan salt lamps give off a measurable amount of negative ions, there is no scientific evidence. There is however proof of the macromineral and trace mineral content, particularly calcium, chloride, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and sodium, which was deposited millions of years ago by ancient seas.Edit ModuleShow Tags