Salt therapy, which has been used successfully for thousands of years, is becoming an increasingly common practice. It originates from the ancient Greeks and its effectiveness is experienced by more and more people. It can help in a number of cases:
• in overcoming sore throat,
• in improving the quality of sleep,
• in maintaining oral hygiene,
• in strengthening the immune system,
• in alleviating the cough
• in relieving the symptoms of various allergies,
• when treating an asthmatic disease
What exactly is asthma?
It is a chronic lung disease caused by an inflammatory condition of the airways. In addition to environmental factors (smog) and lifestyle (smoking, strenuous exercise), genetic background may also be responsible for its development. Two types of it are known: allergic asthma which is provoked by allergens, and exercise-induced asthma the symptoms of which are triggered by physical exertion. The disease also affects our daily life.
An asthma attack develops suddenly. When this happens, the muscles surrounding the bronchi contract, narrowing the diameter of the airways, and the inner wall of the bronchi swells, further narrowing the airways. The cells in the walls, in the mucous membranes of the bronchi produce a thick mucus, which also forms an obstacle to air flow. The way of the air thus bumps into obstacles and does not flow freely.
Lifestyle changes are recommended to avoid such fits. It is a chronic, therefore incurable disease, but it can be treated well. There are several different types and degrees of severity.
How can salt therapy help to fight asthma?
As part of an ongoing therapy, salt therapy can help relieve the discomfort caused by asthma*. This is due to the antibacterial properties of the inhaled salt crystals: it cleanses and disinfects the airways, the lungs and the bronchi.
The crystals stick to the mucosa in the airway as they also get to places in the body where bacteria and tiny dust particles settle, and from where it is quite difficult to remove them. However, the salty air can bind them, making it easier to cough up the phlegm. The inhaled salt essentially functions as a solvent.
The Dry Salt Inhaler for the dry mouth can also help with asthma. Apply it as part of an ongoing therapy and enjoy free breathing. In case of asthma, be sure to consult your doctor before using the salt inhalers. At the beginning, use the product for only a few minutes, then gradually, from day to day, increase the usage time.
*The antispasmodic bronchodilator and anti-inflammatory medicines play the most important role in relieving an asthma attack. However, inhalation of high concentrations of salt during a sustained asthma attack is not recommended. Although salt therapy may play a role in prevention, it is not recommended to get out the salt pipe and sniff it during a fit.