What is Cough?
Coughs are incredibly common. It’s one of the most common reasons for people to come and see their GP. A cough is a reflex action to clear your airways of mucus and irritants, foreign particles and microbes. Coughs may be dry or chesty. Most coughs clear up within two weeks.
DRY OR CHESTY COUGH
Dry coughs are usually felt in the back of the throat as a tickle that sets off the coughing. It happens when the throat and upper airways become inflamed (swollen). It is closely related to tickly coughs and often, these terms are used interchangeably. Both dry coughs and tickly coughs are known as non-productive coughs (no phlegm), as distinct from chesty coughs where mucus is produced. A dry cough is most often the result of infection by cold and flu viruses because your brain thinks the inflammation in your throat and upper airways is a foreign object and tries to remove it by coughing. It can also be triggered by atmospheric pollutants (such as cigarette smoke) irritating your throat.
Chesty coughs (mucus coughs) are triggered by an excessive amount of mucus in the chest. The cough is helpful, because it clears the mucus from your lung passages. When the common cold or flu viruses enter the respiratory system, more mucus is produced in an attempt to wash away the bugs and help fight off the infection. This increased mucus can gather in the respiratory system and a cough reflex is triggered to help remove the extra phlegm.
WHAT CAUSES A COUGH?
A cough is usually caused by a virus or bacterial infection. Most people with a cough have an upper respiratory tract infection caused by a virus or in more severe cases a chest infection or pneumonia. Possible non-infectious causes include:
- Allergic rhinitis (hay fever)
- Aflare-up of a long-term condition such as asthma or COPD
- Acid reflux
HOW THE SALT CAVE CAN HELP
We focus on the source of the problem rather than just suppressing the symptoms like medication usually does. To get a better understanding, how the salt can help with cough and different breathing problems, first of all we need to know what kind of properties, does the salt has.
- It kills bacteria (the salt dry out all the germs and bacteria the respiratory system)
- Anti- Inflammatory (Based on clinical studies, the dry, saline diffused air reduces inflammation in the whole respiratory tract)
- Mucolytic effects (loosens excessive mucus, speed the elimination of toxins)
- Remove pathogen agents (airborne pollen)
- Strengthen the immune system, restore the energy levels
- It reduces IgE levels (the immune system won’t over-react to the level of antibodies)
Salt Therapy helps treat all major processes acting in the bronchi: swelling, inflammation, excessive mucus and bacterial infection. As a result of Salt Therapy, inflammation and mast cell response within the bronchi reduces, so the quality and function of breathing improves.
This leads to the balancing of other bodily systems, due to increased oxygen availability. Thanks to the desensitisation of the immune response, sleep patterns will improve and acute attacks and the need for medication will substantially decrease. This means that you will have more energy, become stronger and more resilient to everyday infections.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU COME?
- 10-15 sessions are recommended for long term results.
- The sessions should be frequent; about two or three a week is suggested.In most patients, after a course of Salt Therapy, airways become normal and symptoms disappear.
The treatment’s efficacy is estimated at 75-98%. Most clients do 1-2 Salt Therapy courses a year. In between they might come back for some top-up sessions, if they start to feel poorly, e.g. they are coming down with a cold.