What is Asthma?

Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease of the airways that causes symptoms like shortness of breath, chest tightness, coughing and wheezing. Asthma causes inflammation and narrowing of the bronchial tubes, which leads to limited airflow and difficulty breathing.

The airways of our lungs are surrounded by muscles and contain mucous glands. These muscles are normally relaxed, but if you have asthma, they are often sensitive and inflamed.

When people with asthma encounter triggers, these muscles react by tightening even more, the lining of the airways swell and the airways can fill up with mucus. This makes breathing very difficult and leads to asthma symptoms or asthma exacerbation, also known as an asthma attack.

There is currently no cure for asthma, but with proper treatment, it can be managed.

SYMPTOMS OF ASTHMA

Asthma can be different for everyone. Asthma symptoms can also vary over time, with few or no symptoms when asthma is well controlled. The common signs and symptoms of poorly controlled asthma include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Regular coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Chest tightness
  • Increased mucus production
  • Trouble sleeping because of breathing difficulty
  • Being unable to take part in physical activities without breathing difficulty

These symptoms can occur slowly over hours or days, or they can come on as sudden, recurring attacks after which the symptoms can persist for some time before disappearing. If left untreated, asthma can cause permanent structural changes in your airways called – “airway remodelling,” – which is why it is important to get your asthma under control and keep treating it over the long term.

HOW THE SALT CAVE CAN HELP

When you inhale the salt aerosol, it is absorbed into your airways where it clears mucus plugs, thereby lowering the inflammation. The salt also kills pathogens such as bacteria and viruses which incite an asthma attack. What’s more, the salt inhaled causes your airways to become wider, allowing you to breathe easily. It also clears off particles which cause your airway to be narrow.

According to a study reported in Health Guidance, 57% of the participants who used salt therapy reported reduced sick days due to asthma attacks and their symptoms reduced significantly. The report also notes that if treatment was used regularly, the effects on the airway can last up to twelve months.

It is noteworthy; however, that salt therapy is not a cure for asthma and would not result in a permanent resolution of your symptoms, but it’s a great way to keep you free of your symptoms for a long time if you engage in regular and frequent sessions.

In addition, speak with your doctor before you try this natural remedy and don’t discontinue any of your prescribed medications or start a new drug for asthma unless directed by your doctor.

HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU COME?

  • Depending on age, 10-30 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.