Salt Therapy For Asthma-Does It Work?
Hello! How are you guys? Hope you all are enjoying the December of 2014! Yup, I get excited when the new year approaches, not that I have any plans, but just a new year makes me go .. Yay!!
Anyway, the other day when I was travelling home there was a bike with no PUC done on the road, and a truck emitting black gases.. yea, I was put off, a small kid sitting beside me went on a coughing spree. I got scared for the kid thinking he couldn’t breath. But thank God, it was just momentary and he was ok in a while. But this got me thinking How do the people with asthma cope with this kind of environment!
Salt Therapy For Asthma
Asthma is a chronic lung disease that inflames and narrows the airways. Asthma causes recurring periods of wheezing (a whistling sound when you breathe), chest tightness, shortness of breath, and coughing. The coughing often occurs at night or early in the morning. Sometimes asthma symptoms are mild and go away on their own or after minimal treatment with asthma medicine. Other times, symptoms continue to get worse.When symptoms get more intense and/or more symptoms occur, you’re having an asthma attack.
But there has been a rising growth of the use of salt to cure asthma. Who would have thought our very own humble salt could possess such power?! This discovery was made after observing workers at salt mine had much better breathing than others. Salt mines had of natural deposits of unrefined rock salt, with streaks of other minerals. The mines had stable temperatures, humidity, and no pollutants. These conditions made it very easy for the workers to breath pure and good quality air, improving their lungs.
How Salt Therapy works?
Thus, salt mine like environment is being created in the salt cave, new spa-like room popping up to treat asthma. They claim to soothe the effects of asthma for a long term. Here is what they claim “Salt Therapy can not only bring much-needed relief, but also prevent the frequent recurrence of your symptoms. If left untreated, the chronic inflammation caused by asthma can lead to the lungs becoming irreversibly obstructed. Prescription drugs and inhalers may bring immediate relief, but Salt Therapy has a far more lasting effect as many, many visitors to The Salt Cave have testified.Prescription drugs such as inhalers are a short-term fix, leaving the underlying problem unchanged once an attack has passed.” So could this be the answer for the asthma patients?
Well. the therapy is delivered by a specially designed machine which grinds and pumps salt into the cave and the levels can be adjusted according to need. You can hardly see the salt so, a person experiences a runny nose and coughing. This is because the person inhales tiny particles of salt which are small enough to penetrate deeply into the lungs. The salt loosens the mucus making it watery and also helps to reduce the inflammation making more room in the airways for him/her to breathe.
Downside to Salt Therapy
But there is also a downside to this treatment, some physicians feel that inhaling so much salt can actually lead to an asthma attack! The causes of asthma can be many, the salt e\room treatment should be taken only after your doctor approves it. This treatment have shown different results for different people making its working very dicey. This can’t be said to the miracle treatment yet, but we can always look forward seeing if there can be made any changes in it to accumulate the need of different patients.
Hope you all live a healthy life with a clean air to breathe!
This is Pooja, signing off.. Ciao
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