Salt Therapy - Managing Ill-Effects of Pollution Naturally

A magical ingredient that is present in all our foods is salt. It transforms every dish, making it flavourful by its presence. Salt’s magical effects go much beyond our everyday food. Salt is necessary for the proper functioning of our bodies; it has many beneficial properties that can help manage many ailments. While home remedies such as a gargling with saline water to reduce the discomfort caused by a throat infection or using black salt to manage digestive ailments are extremely popular, salt can actually help us in many other ways.

In our day to day lives, we traverse through many obstacles but one that has the most amount of impact on us is the air we breathe. We have very little control over the air quality when we are outside our homes. Air pollution is becoming a serious concern all over the country. The country’s capital, Delhi being the prime example of rising air pollution every winter. As per reports, Delhi’s air quality reaches alarmingly toxic levels, causing or aggravating health problems such as allergies, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and bronchitis.

With many efforts underway to reduce air pollution, a simple solution lies in an element known to all of us – Salt. Known as the Salt Therapy or Halo Therapy, this is a completely natural, non-invasive and drug-free treatment for relieving symptoms caused by congestion, inflammation, and allergies of the respiratory system and skin. In Halo Therapy, micronized dry salt is inhaled in a chamber that mimics a salt cave environment. Research has shown that this therapy has an anti-inflammatory effect and can help relieve the symptoms of bronchial asthma, bronchitis and COPD, all disorders which are aggravated by air pollution.

To help the citizens of Delhi combat air pollution this year, Tata Salt introduced ‘Salt Therapy’ by installing Salt Therapy mobile vans in the national capital. These unique mobile vans had a specially built 'salt cave'-like room which was covered with salt on the walls and the floor. During the session, people just had to sit back, relax in the chair and breathe normally. The tiny salt molecules in the salt room penetrated deep into the lungs, providing relief and opening the airways for easier breathing. This session generally lasted for about 45 minutes to an hour.

This winter, this convenient and natural method of Salt Therapy helped Delhiites greatly. As increasing number of people are becoming victims of air pollution-related diseases, options like Salt Therapy is a natural option to manage the ill effects. While Salt Therapy in a Salt Room or Cave is not possible at home, those who suffer the adverse effects of respiratory illnesses aggravated by air pollution can also try inhaling the saline water, steam or gargle with saltwater at home. In its commitment to build a healthy nation, Tata Salt reintroduced this age-old therapy to deal with the adverse effects of our new environmental problems.


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