As well as being anti-bacterial, Salt Therapy has been shown to have anti-viral properties. Scientists in the University of Edinburgh are currently trialling salt-based nasal treatments to reduce occurance of the common cold virus and the risk of transmission to others.
The common cold can be cured with salt water because the body uses it to produce anti-viral bleach. Cells use chloride in salt to produce hypochlorous acid, which can interfere with virus infection and transmission.
OUTCOMES OF SCIENTIFIC STUDY
Nose drops and gargling salt water were shown to reduce the average length of the virus by up to two days in a study.
Participants who used the method were less likely to need over-the-counter medications and less likely to pass their cold on to family members, compared to those who did not.
HOW THE LONDON SALT ROOMS CAN HELP
London Salt Rooms specialises in dry salt therapy, which penetrates deep into the lungs. This ensures that these anti-viral effects are propagated throughout the lungs. Regular sessions can provide a strong defence against infections and maintain clean, healthy lungs.
Salt Therapy aims to:
Reduce the need for inhalers, steroids and antibiotics
Make your breathing easier after just a few sessions
Improve lung function
Reduce the number of hospital admissions
Alleviate sneezing, coughing, and shortness of breath
Clear mucus and sticky phlegm from the lungs
Increase the resistance to respiratory tract diseases
Strengthen your immune system
Prolong remission times
In clinical trials Salt Therapy (a.k.a. “halotherapy) has proven to be effective in relieving symptoms of a variety of respiratory and skin ailments. During one of the clinical trials, Salt Therapy resulted in improvement of the clinical state in:
85% of mild and moderate asthma cases
75% of severe asthma cases
97% of chronic bronchitis, bronchiectasis and cystic fibrosis cases
(“journal of Aerosol Medicine, A.V. Chervinskaya, Volume 8. Number 3, 1995”)
Host Defence Unit at Imperial College, National Heart & Lung Institute, London: Sodium Chloride Increases the Ciliary Transportability of Cystic Fibrosis and Bronchiectasis Sputum on the Mucus-depleted Bovine Trachea
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Grinshtein IuI, Shestovitskii VA, Kuligina-Maksimova AV. [Clinical significance of cytological characteristics of bronchial inflammation in obstructive pulmonary diseases] Ter Arkh. 2004; 76(3):36-9. Russian. Abstract is available PMID: 15108456 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
Grigor'eva NV. [Halotherapy in combined non-puncture therapy of patients with acute purulent maxillary sinusitis] Vestn Otorinolaringol. 2003;(4):42-4. Russian. Abstract is available PMID: 13677023 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Maev EZ, Vinogradov NV. [Halotherapy in the combined treatment of chronic bronchitis patients] Voen Med Zh. 1999 Jun; 320(6):34-7, 96. Russian. Abstract is available PMID: 10439712 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Farkhutdinov UR, Abdrakhmanova LM, Farkhutdinov RR. [Effects of halotherapy on free radical oxidation in patients with chronic bronchitis] Klin Med (Moscow). 2000;78(12):37-40. Russian. Abstract is available PMID: 11210350 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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