Does Halotherapy have any risks?
Halotherapy is probably safe for most people, but there aren’t any studies on its safety. In addition, halotherapy is usually done in a spa or wellness clinic without trained medical staff on hand to handle medical emergencies. Keep this in mind as you weigh the pros and cons of halotherapy.
While it’s said to treat asthma, halotherapy might also constrict or irritate the airwaves in people with asthma. This can make coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath worse. Some people also report getting headaches during halotherapy.
Halotherapy is a complementary therapy that’s meant to work with any medications you’re on. Let your doctor know you want to try this approach. Don’t stop any medications without discussing it with your doctor.
Supporters of halotherapy claim it’s safe for children and pregnant women. However, there’s little research to back up this claim. According to a 2008 study, inhaling a 3 percent saline solution is a safe and effective treatment for infants with bronchiolitis. However, there’s no standardization across halotherapy clinics. The amount of salt administered can vary greatly.
What is halotherapy?
Halotherapy is an alternative treatment that involves breathing salty air. Some claim that it can treat respiratory conditions, such as asthma, chronic bronchitis, and allergies. Others suggest it can also:
ease smoking-related symptoms, such as a cough, shortness of breath, and wheezing
treat depression and anxiety
cure some skin conditions, such as psoriasis, eczema, and acne
The origins of halotherapy date back to the medieval era. But researchers only recently started studying its potential benefits.
Halotherapy may be a relaxing spa treatment, but there’s little evidence about how well it works. Some research suggests that it may be beneficial for respiratory problems and depression. Most doctors are still skeptical, though.
If you’re interested in trying halotherapy, talk to your doctor about it. Make sure you follow up with them about any new symptoms you have after trying it.
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