More turning to salty vapor in belief that it can clear the lungs, purify skin.
The health conscious are embracing the latest trend — salt therapy.
Rather than ingesting salt, clients relax in rooms made of it, breathing in misty salty vapors in hopes of clearing their lungs and purifying their skin. It’s a treatment known as halotherapy after the Greek word halo, meaning salt.
Besides the thousands of years of use throughout Europe and the Middle East, there’s some science to back up these claims.
A New England Journal of Medicine study in 2006 found that inhaling salt-infused vapor improved breathing for 24 patients with the chronic endocrine and lung condition, cystic fibrosis. In another small 2006 study, in the European Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, subjects with asthma reported breathing easier after several weeks of regular halotherapy treatments.
“Breathing in salt can help cure a lot of modern ailments that come from pollution and stress,” MJ said. “It is especially good for helping chronic respiratory illnesses like asthma, allergies and bronchitis.”
David Lindsay, owner of the Salt of the Earth in Melbourne, Australia explained why many people believe in salt’s healing properties.
“If [someone] has sinus issues, sinus headaches, the best way to get the sinuses clear is to put salt in, because salt draws out water”. “So, if there’s fluid in the nose or the sinus cavity, the salt is going to draw it out, dry it up; it’s going to crystallize, and you’re going to be able to get rid of it. And when the fluid comes out, it reduces pressure on the sinuses.”
David Lindsay added that salt also has antimicrobial properties, suppressing bacteria and fungus.
Family salt room, the Halo Room, Damansara Perdana, Malaysia
However, some doctors remain skeptical about some of the health claims of halotherapy.
Pink Room at the Halo Room in Damansara Perdana, Malaysia
“If it’s cheap and easy and you think it makes you feel better, there’s no harm,” he said.
MJ said his clients do believe salt therapy makes them feel better. Some drive up to three hours to experience the RM120, 45-minute spa treatments. Many wind up buying RM1,300 unlimited, 3 months memberships.
“Even people who don’t have respiratory concerns come for the sensual experience,” he said. “It’s a total escape.”