How does Salt Therapy work?

Salt Therapy is based on the principle of prolonged exposure to the microclimate found in natural salt mines or salt caves. Salt Rooms Australia uses patented state of the art technology to reproduce the atmosphere of a salt cave with a monitored therapeutic microclimate. Air in our Salt Rooms is ionized and saturated with a natural substance – a low concentration of curative highly dispersed aerosol of dry saline (salt).

The microclimate in our Salt Rooms is formed naturally, through convective diffusion from the salt walls combined with controlled temperature and humidity. This creates a hypo-bacterial and allergen-free air environment.

Inhalation of salt aerosol is clinically proven to cleanse the respiratory system of the human body and to speed up elimination of toxins. A salt aerosol rich in negative ions is proven to have bactericidal effects, cleansing microbial flora of the respiratory tract, slowing down bacterial growth and increasing resistance to respiratory tract diseases. This effect is used to treat asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, sinusitis, as well as frequent respiratory tract diseases in children and adults.

Airborne salt particles have a beneficial effect on skin and are known for their high cosmetic value due to the high mineral content. Salt aerosol is a well known decongestant. It reduces inflammation and has antimicrobial affects.

Salt Therapy Saltrooms

Salt Therapy, or Speleotherapy, is a widely used natural remedy that goes back several centuries

The healing atmosphere of salt caves were acknowledged as far back as medieval times, with monks taking the sick down into salt caves to allow them to breathe air saturated with salt particles. These salt particles were freshly created and activated by monks crushing stalactites.

The use of salt for medical purposes goes back even further. The ancient Greeks knew the value of salt-based remedies, as they understood it to have expectorant powers. The healing methods of Hippocrates (460 BC) made frequent use of salt and specifically mentions the inhalation of steam from salt-water for the relief of respiratory symptoms.

The benefits of Salt Therapy were noted in a book published in 1843 by Polish doctor Felix Boczkowski. Dr Boczkowski, a physician at the Wieliczka salt mine, observed a remarkably low incidence of respiratory conditions in salt miners. He formulated that the presence of air in the salt mine, saturated with dry salt particles, had a healing effect on those with respiratory and pulmonary discomforts. His successor set up a spa based on these observations.

During WWII, Dr Karl Hermann Spannagel noticed improvements in the health of his patients as they hid in the Kluterthöhle karst salt cave in Germany to escape heavy bombing.

Dr Spannagel noted that while staying in the cave patient’s coughing had subsided and those with respiratory discomfort breathed more easily. Ever since, the Kluterthöhle karst salt cave has continued to be used for the medical treatment of respiratory diseases.

Underground treatment in salt caves was the only method available until, in 1987, a new technique was developed in Russia. The first Speleochambers, or Salt Rooms, were constructed using mined salt rock from deep underground, hewn into blocks. These Salt Rooms recreated the microclimate of a salt cave in an above ground clinic.

Where does this salt rock come from?

Around 20 million years ago Europe was partially covered by a shallow sea. The sea disappeared over time but left large amounts of salt behind. This salt is bedded between 10 and 300 meters below the surface. Modern Salt Rooms allow patients to sit in a room built from these salt blocks and gain the same benefit as they would breathing the air in a salt cave.

Dry Salt Aerosol works as a “Bronchial Brush” for the airways

Dry sodium chloride aresol has cleansing and anti-inflammable effects on the respiratory system. This is Bronchial mucosa before and after halotherapy.

Bronchial Mucosa

Dry Sodium Chloride’s Mechanisms of Action

Removal of pathogenic agents. Speeds up of mucociliary transport. Abate of bronchial inflammation.

Decrease inflammation of the respiratory tract based on increased number of alveolar macrophages in combination with a stimulation of local immune response (lgA etc.), improvement of biocenosis.


Here at Salt Rooms Australia

We harness the potent natural healing forces of salt to create a therapeutic environment like no other. Relax in the tranquil atmosphere of our Salt Rooms, in which the walls, floor and ceiling are covered with the world’s purest salt, mined from over 300 meters deep in a salt cave in Donetsk, Ukraine.

The source of the salt is from 250 million years old huge deposits of the purest rock salt which have been formed from rippling waters of a shallow bay of the ancient Permian Sea.

Ancient Knowledge and Advanced Science

Salt Therapy combines ancient knowledge and advanced science in order to help you heal, strengthen your immune system and improve general health and wellbeing. Allow yourself to rest and rejuvenate in this purified environment as you breathe air enriched with microscopic salt particles.

The dry sodium chloride aerosol in the Salt Room eliminates airborne particles from the airways and helps the body purge itself of harmful toxins.

Come and visit us

Our Saltrooms have harnessed the benefits of both Speleotherapy and Halotherapy. Our rooms are covered with salt blocks which provide the benefits of Speleotherapy and our special Halo machine provides the benefits of Halotherapy.

What our customers say

Visit the Salt Room about 4-6 times, as it will assist in reducing the effect of jet lag and any accompanying hay fever or allergies.

Tom Verzar

I have been suffering from psoriasis for as long as I can remember and tried various preparations – from ordinary moisturising lotions to over-the-counter and dermatologist-prescribed (often very expensive!) ointments. A couple of weeks ago I purchased the new product “Kartalin” and now I see and feel a great change in my condition. I applied as directed and noticed a big relief in the redness and itchiness after 4-5 days. I’m continuing with the application and enjoying the break from psoriasis.


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