Halotherapy ("halos" in ancient Greek salt) or saline therapy is a therapeutic method that involves the use of salt aerosols in the treatment of respiratory diseases. Salt aerosols represent fine particles of liquid or dry salt combined with air, which can thus be inhaled through the airways.
The benefits of exposure to salt aerosols have been mentioned since antiquity by Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine. For the treatment of various respiratory problems it was recommended to inhale the salt air from the shores of the seas and oceans or the steam of a mixture of salt and water.
In the mid-1800s, Felix Bochkovsky, a Polish health official, noted that salt mine workers rarely suffered from colds, respiratory conditions, or lung disease.
In 1949, Dr. K.H. Spannahel observed during World War II that people hiding in the salt mines of Klyutert Cave had respiratory health benefits. A department was formed to conduct studies and confirm the medical benefits of caves and salt mines. With the help of the Hungarian geologist, Dr. H. Kessler results of these studies created the foundations of modern speleotherapy.
In 1964, Kinga Health Resort Hospital was established as the first underground spa in the world for the treatment of allergies. Professor Skulimowski became its first director and focused on helping people with respiratory illnesses and continued to discover additional health benefits. Inspired by his discoveries, salt mines appeared throughout Europe and in 1968 the first speleological hospital in Ukraine was opened in the Solotvyno salt mine.
Out of the desire to increase the degree of accessibility to treatment, and to control certain disadvantages of natural salt pans (microclimatic differences in humidity, pressure and temperature), "halocameras" were developed, rooms padded with salt, the so-called "artificial salt pans".
However, in both artificial and natural salt mines, the following disadvantages remain:
A step forward in saline therapy applications is portable medical devices that release dry salt aerosols, such as Salin range cameras or the SaltMed Dry Salt Inhaler.
Salin Plus is a medical device that continuously pass air through a layer of mine salt, generating a discrete but permanent content of salt aerosols in the ambient space. Following this process, the air is ionized. It is comfortable to use and ensure a general purification of the air in the space where is used: work spaces, offices, homes, etc.
SaltMed, the only dry salt inhaler with controlled emission of dry aerosols, practically opens the way for a new generation of saline devices that can be used both at home and in medical departments (ambulances and hospitals).
SaltMed is a modern saline device that, through the innovative technology of production and dosing of saline aerosols, ensures a much more effective and safer treatment than other saline therapies. In addition, the treatment with SaltMed is convenient to administer, being one of the most practical halotherapy methods.
The SaltMed saline inhaler is indicated as complementary therapy for a wide range of allergic or infectious ailments of the respiratory tract (respiratory allergy, rhinitis, sinusitis, otitis, asthma, bronchitis, COPD), as well as for the prevention and treatment of colds or flu.