Many people believe that death is their enemy, and that the job of a doctor is to fight death and “save” patients from that inevitable end. Perhaps that’s why diagnoses like cancers and heart disease can rally social networks to support an individual while other diagnoses like chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and fibromyalgia (“invisible illnesses”) are often ignored. People routinely die of cancer and heart disease, not CFS.
Recline in a zero gravity chair, lights dimmed, soft music playing, and experience the calming effects of the Salt Lounge at Haven Medical. Based on the Russian tradition of speleotherapy (treatment in traditional salt caves), halotherapy is the use of pharmaceutical dry salt through a halogenerator to generate a delicate mist of pure salt.
In 1843, a Polish physician, Dr. Feliks Boczkowski, observed that salt miners had fewer respiratory infections and decreased rates of tuberculosis than other miners. And after World War II, salt caves popped up throughout Europe, providing individuals with resort-like environments in which to breathe the healing salt-infused air of salt mines.
In the 1960s, halotherapy was developed, moving the benefits of salt air out of these caves and into a professional setting. Studies suggest that consistent use of halotherapy can have antimicrobial, mucolytic, detoxifying, and immune supportive functions. Used as a preventive measure, halotherapy may help improve skin, respiratory function (including decreased respiratory mucus), and immunity.