3 Ways Salt Therapy Can Ease the Asthma Struggle

People suffering from asthma and asthma attacks may find relief with salt therapy. Salt therapy helps clear the airways and reduce inflammation, which leads to better breathing.

Key takeaways:

  • Salt therapy, or halotherapy, can reduce asthma symptoms because of its healing properties
  • Three ways salt therapy helps asthma:
    1. Reduces respiratory inflammation
    2. Thins mucus
    3. Kills bacteria

Asthma is a serious condition that impacts both adults and children. It’s a noncommunicable disease, meaning people can’t spread it to others, and it’s instead usually caused by a combination of a person’s genetics, environment, and physiology. The World Health Organization estimates that 262 million people have asthma, and it’s the most common chronic disease children face.

When the airways in the chest narrow or become inflamed, a person can experience asthma symptoms like shortness of breath, chest tightening, coughing, or wheezing. Severe symptoms lead to asthma attacks, which occur when inflammation and airway narrowing become more serious, and more mucus is produced that gets in the way of breathing normally.

People with asthma can reduce symptoms by taking medication and/or avoiding triggers like pollen, pet dander, and smoke. Salt therapy is another effective remedy.

How does salt therapy work? This overview includes three key ways that salt therapy eases asthma symptoms.

How salt therapy eases asthma

Salt therapy, also known as halotherapy, isn’t a cure for asthma, but it can help quell symptoms and provide relief to those suffering from the disease. Salt therapy can provide alleviation and may even be able to help you beyond the short term and extend relief for a few months to a year with regular visits.

Salt therapy involves breathing in dry salt that penetrates the lungs and airways and the salt is 30 times finer than a human hair. This kind of therapy typically involves entering a cool, relaxing space, like a salt room or cave, breathing deeply, and experiencing relaxation.

To mimic the environment of a natural salt cave, halogenerators grind and disperse very small salt particles into the air. Clients sit in a salt room for 45 minutes while the body absorbs the salt through its respiratory system and skin.

Salt has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial properties, which help people breathe more deeply without airway restrictions and can even alleviate skin issues like eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, dermatitis, and more.

According to one study, 82% to 96% of patients with chronic bronchopulmonary pathology achieved the maximum clinical effect of halotherapy, and 83% of patients with mild bronchial asthma remission prolonged their remission for at least a year. Upon engaging in halotherapy, the number of urgent hospitalizations in the studied patients with bronchial asthma decreased 1.7 times.

Salt therapy has become an effective and natural alternative for relieving symptoms, reducing the likelihood of asthma attacks, and helping people breathe easier.

3 ways salt therapy eases asthma symptoms

So, how does salt therapy help people with asthma? Because of salt’s properties mentioned above, it works in the body in a few ways that particularly benefit people suffering from asthma. Here are three key ways that salt therapy improves asthma symptoms:

  1. Reduces respiratory inflammation

When salt is absorbed into your airways, it can clear things out, including mucus that builds up and gets in the way of deep breaths. This process helps reduce inflammation of those airways and you can breathe easier with clearer pathways. Respiratory inflammation is a big contributor to asthma symptoms, so getting rid of extra mucus will reduce associated issues like coughing and shortness of breath.

A major problem that people with asthma face is narrowing airways. This leads to a tightening in the chest and poor breathing, which impacts the respiratory system negatively. This narrowing is especially problematic when mucus and other buildup are present. 

Salt therapy can help widen your airways when salt particles are inhaled, and thus, breathing is much easier with more room to work with.

  1. Thins mucus

Salt therapy thins the mucus that lines breathing pathways. Overly thick mucus can quickly clog up passageways, and that buildup leads to breathing issues and exacerbates asthma symptoms. Pathogens are trapped in mucus, and salt therapy thins it to eliminate them. 

Salt therapy thins that mucus lining so people can breathe easier with less obstruction.

  1. Kills bacteria

Pathogens that enter the airways, including bacteria and viruses, can cause asthma attacks. Microscopic particles like dust mites, air pollution, pets, mold, cleaning products, and smoke can enter your system depending on the exterior environment and exacerbate asthma. 

Salt therapy allows the healing properties of salt to enter those breathing pathways and clear out pathogens that cause attacks. Salt flushes out toxins and prevents new bacteria from entering.

This cleansing can lead to better, deeper breathing and fewer asthma attacks so that these common triggers don’t immediately have negative effects on the respiratory system.

Finding the right salt therapy partner 

Salt therapy can do wonders for people with asthma. The healing properties of salt can ease coughing, chest tightness, shortness of breath, and other common symptoms of asthma. You can experience long-lasting relief when you decide to try halotherapy. 

The Salt Suite® provides effective salt therapy that may help with asthma. We provide a natural alternative to medication or an option to use alongside your current treatments to improve results. Our salt caves are a great place to start, and our salt booths provide therapy to one or two people at a time.

Visiting The Salt Suite® regularly may alleviate symptoms and reduce attacks with ongoing cleansing. Salt caves will help thin mucus and remove toxins from your respiratory system and reduce respiratory inflammation so that you can Breathe Easy™ and experience fewer asthma attacks. 

Contact The Salt Suite® today to learn more about our halotherapy services.

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