What is Halotherapy?

Today, more and more people are suffering from respiratory issues. From pollution and smog to airborne diseases, pollens and toxins; never before has our society been faced with a growing epidemic of respiratory ailments. Halotherapy (dry salt therapy) has been researched over the past few decades, and studies have shown it to be an alternative treatment for respiratory and skin conditions.

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Halotherapy (dry salt therapy) is where 99.99% Pure Grade Sodium Chloride (salt) is heated and then ground and crushed into very tiny microparticles. These dry aerosol microparticles of salt are then dispersed into the salt room, salt cave, or salt chamber during a typical session.

As an individual relaxes, the microparticles are inhaled. The particles penetrate deep into the lungs, bronchi, bronchioles, and alveoli to aid respiratory concerns, while the non-inhaled salt particles are absorbed by the body to combat skin conditions.

Most people are familiar with ‘wet’ salt therapy. Whether you’ve put salt in a bath, had a saline solution treatment, used a Nettie pot to clear your nasal passages, or gargled with saltwater, wet salt has its benefits. Dry salt is different and the drier the salt the better.

That is why SALT Chamber’s protocols include heating the salt prior to putting it into the salt chamber. Heat ensures that all moisture is evaporated so when it is crushed and ground into microparticles and inhaled, the salt particles can do their best job.


Dry pharmaceutical grade salt is heated and then it is ground and crushed into very tiny microparticles. These dry aerosol microparticles of salt are then dispersed into the salt room during a typical session. As the person relaxes in the salt room, the microparticles are inhaled. The particles penetrate deep into the lungs, bronchi, bronchioles, and alveoli. While inside the salt room, the non-inhaled salt particles fall onto the skin.



Halotherapy benefits adults and children alike, as well as athletes and animals. It is natural and safe and there are no side effects. A majority of people who visit salt rooms on a regular basis may find relief from a variety of respiratory conditions such as asthma, allergies, common cold, bronchitis, COPD, cystic fibrosis, and more. Dry salt therapy is great for people who also have particular skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, acne, and recovering from cosmetic surgery.

However, one does not need to have any conditions since dry salt therapy is very beneficial for overall general wellness by removing the toxicity from the respiratory system. People are exposed on a daily basis to pollutants, airborne diseases, bacteria, allergens and other irritating and harmful factors. Halotherapy is an excellent way to cleanse and detox the lungs as well as invigorate the whole body with increased lung capacity and oxygen intake.

For general respiratory hygiene, once or twice a week visiting your local salt therapy facility will enhance the lung capacity, boost the immune system, reduce stress, and aid better sleep.

More chronic and acute respiratory conditions require increased frequency and consistency of the sessions. Experiencing salt therapy three to seven times a week for a period of 14 to 21 days will help to manage the symptoms and provide relief over time.


Halotherapy is recognized as a safe and effective wellness practice for preventive and restorative health care. It is not a medical treatment and does not offer a cure! Halotherapy is not recommended for people with contagious diseases, fever, open wounds, certain types of lung cancer, severe hypertension, mental disorders, and active tuberculosis. We always recommend that individuals consult with their local physician to determine if salt therapy is the right treatment for their condition.

Pregnant women should consult with their doctor before using halotherapy. Anyone with serious health concerns needs to seek proper medical advice and care. There are many clinical studies and research, along with testimonials from customers, as to the health benefits and efficacy of salt therapy.

Many countries around the world have varying ways they govern and regulate their citizen’s health-related matters. In some countries, Halotherapy is covered by their Government’s Health Care system or insurance companies.


Salt therapy equipment and concepts that are used in commercial facilities can be brought into the home for personal use as well.

SALT Chamber has dozens and dozens of customers who have built their own salt rooms or have brought the SALT Bed® or SALT Booth® into their homes for more frequent use and convenience.

Currently, there are only about 1,000 facilities offering halotherapy around the US and Canada. The industry is growing very fast, and as more awareness about the benefits of dry salt therapy and the business model becomes known, more facilities will be established.

Many people drive great distances and spend time seeking halotherapy given the great results they have received. Many respiratory conditions require frequent use to gain the best results. However, this can be inconvenient and costly. In addition, there are some conditions, such as cystic fibrosis, where it is best for people to be isolated for their salt therapy sessions.

The same principles for building a commercial salt room apply to installing a salt room at home. There are HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) issues to address, as well as ensuring that the salt air doesn’t corrode or damage other aspects of the house or your personal belongings. Many people chose to plug in a SALT Bed® or SALT Booth® since it is portable; no building or modification needs to be done with the HVAC or any other build-out.

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Humans are not the only ones that benefit from halotherapy.

Other land-based breathing animals have a respiratory and lung system similar to that of people.

And, like people, animals, and our pets are exposed to the same air we breathe which often contains pollutants, pollen, allergens, airborne diseases, and more. They often experience the same issues including inflammation, extra mucus, and restrictive breathing.

There are also unique issues that affect the respiratory systems of some of these animals including dogs and cats.

For example, most of the lower airway conditions in cats are due to non-infectious causes, with inflammatory airway disease associated with allergies or unknown triggers being the most common. Reactive airways result from ongoing irritation. These reactive airways tend to narrow the airways (bronchoconstriction) and produce excess mucus, leading to difficulty breathing, fast breathing, and sometimes, cough and nasal discharge.  Feline Lower Airway Disease (FLAD) is an umbrella term to describe the conditions that lead to lung airway pathology.

Horses have a large lung capacity and often have issues with normal mucociliary clearance and, in fact, there are specific guidelines for measuring this excess mucus, especially with thoroughbreds and racehorses.  Horses also face extreme skin conditions from being exposed to wind, dirt, mud, and other factors.

For more information about providing salt therapy for animals and pets, contact SALT Chamber.

Learn more about the science & research

See a list of compiled research articles and studies about halotherapy.

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