The tradition goes back centuries and some say it can improve your breathing, skin and more but others are skeptical.
Sitting in salt caves: it’s something that people have done for a long time in an effort to better their health.
It’s an idea that’s still going strong today, with places like Balance in Body in New Jersey and other ‘salt spas’ open across the U.S.. Like many ‘healing therapies’ though, I sometimes wonder if it’s good to consider the benefits it can offer with, well, a large grain of salt.
I mean, is it really possible to better yourself by sitting surrounded by enormous amounts of something that you can find in a glass shaker on your breakfast table? Are you really spending your money well with this one?
Here’s the scoop. I looked to the Internet for the almighty truth and this is what I uncovered.
There are some definite pros to sitting among grains of salt. Adeline Duff writes for People Magazine.com that visiting Breathe Easy in New York City helped her sleep like a baby, which for an insomniac, is pretty good. Duff decided to give salt cave therapy a go when a friend confided in her that she “got the best, most worry-free sleep of her life” after visiting the Himalayan salt cave in New York City.
And in Poland, the Ministry of Health has recognized a program of pulmonary rehabilitation using subterraneotherapy methods resulting from spending time in salt caves, as a real thing. It offers patients suffering from breathing problems help, it’s said.
Part of the success of the caves hinges on the fact that in natural environments, you go underground to access them. They’re far removed from pollen and other allergy triggers usually found in the air above ground.
But not all doctors are so ready to jump on board.
It’s a fact that there’s no concrete scientific evidence that proves salt caves can actually provide you with medical benefits. That’s true when it comes to treating your breathing or anything else, really.
And some, like the chief executive officer of the Lung Foundation in Australia express worry that a warm, enclosed room like a therapeutic cave, can provide a great place for bacteria to grow.
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Visiting one with a lung ailment might provide the perfect opportunity for you to spread around whatever ails you. You could also readily catch what other clients have.
So, a salt cave might offer you a chance to de-stress and to better your “asthma, sinusitis… chronic ear infections, sleep problems, eczema, psoriasis, acne” and arthritis pain, as some spas claim, but there’s no precise evidence to prove it.
And you also could easily contract someone else’s cold while you’re in one, but that might just as well happen while visiting the bank or pushing the grocery cart at the supermarket.
For the moment, the public is in limbo. Deciding on the benefit of visiting a salt cave is pretty much left entirely up to you. They are nice and dry, though.
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