There are over five million people with asthma in the UK. That is one in every 12 adults. Although the respiratory system is essentially in good working order, the bronchi (small tubes carrying air in and out of the lungs) become inflamed and more sensitive than usual.
When you come into contact with something that irritates your lungs, your airways narrow, the muscles around them tighten and there is an increase in the production of sticky mucus (phlegm).
SYMPTOMS OF ASTHMA
- Wheezing (high-pitched whistling sounds when breathing out)
- Cough, worse particulalry at night
- Difficulty in breathing
- Chest tightness
How the Salt Cave can help
For those suffering from asthma, 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.
Salt Therapy is different because:
- Salt kills bacteria
- It widens the airways by reducing inflammation
- It is mucolytic, which means it helps to shift retained mucus and therefore reduce the chance of infection
- It redcuces IgE levels, which means the immune system won’t over-react to asthma/allergy triggers
How often should you come
- Depending on age 10-30 sessions are recommended for long term results.
- The sessions should be frequent; about two or three a week is suggested.
In most patients, after a course of Salt Therapy, airways become normal and symptoms disappear. The treatment's efficacy is estimated at 75-98%. Most clients do 1-2 Salt Therapy courses a year. In between they might come back for some top-up sessions.
“I couldn’t even walk up stairs without getting breathless. I have now had approximately 20 sessions (Between June and November 2010) and I can feel and see the difference in myself. I am now able to run up the stairs at Earlsfield station and am much better in the gymnasium as regards to cycling, running and weights. I feel that my breathing has improved overall.”
“I have slight asthma and allergic to feather pillows. I only had one treatment but overnight my air passages were absolutely clear despite the feather pillows! And the next day I felt more energised.”
“I have Asthma, Hay fever and allergy to pollen. After the 5th session I felt something in my neck, it felt unusual. But it was a good thing. Through all of my other sessions they helped me with a lot of my problems. It’s very relaxing, calm and I really like the lights on the ceiling. I hope you have a happy future!”
"I wanted to have an ‘experience’ but I also suffer from allergic asthma particularly when I am in close contact with cats and horses. I can not sleep in a house where there is a cat. I have some asthma with dogs but not so bad. I found the whole experience calming and invigorating at the same time. A sort of meditation. I feel less congested and unblocked. I felt light airy and happy when I left the cave. When I arrived I felt sluggish and tired."