Bronchitis and Chronic Bronchitis
Bronchitis can follow a common cold and especially occur in smokers. A dry and spasmodic cough with phlegm are common and the inhalation of salt can help to kill bacteria and increase mucociliary clearance, thereby speeding the recovery.
Salt Therapy is a natural gentle, non invasive, drug free therapy that offers support to the relief of bronchitis symptoms. By sitting in our specially designed salt room, your respiratory system will be exposed to microscopic dry aerosol particles of salt that are inhaled into the lungs. Salt as natural anti-histamine, anti-inflammatory, anti- bacterial and anti-fungal properties which help relieve inflammation and congestion in the airways. As the dry salt is breathed in, it passes through the airways, breaking up or loosening congestion and helping the body to expel the excess congestion and mucus. It helps reduce the inflammation throughout the bronchi resulting in easier breathing and aiding the body to eliminate and heal.
Acute Bronchitis – usually follows a cold or viral infection and is shorter in length.
Intensity is the key to your Salt Therapy success with acute bronchitis.
The best results from Salt Therapy for acute bronchitis is achieved with an intensive treatment. The earlier you come in, the better, even when you first feel a cold coming on. However, if the infection has gone to your chest and becomes bronchitis, we can still help and speed up recovery. We highly recommend Salt Therapy 3 times within a week as this will help expel the congestion and mucus sitting on your chest in the bronchi. The following week we recommend twice, because usually the infection would have cleared and the chest will be clearer. A final treatment in the third week will make sure you have cleared any lingering congestion and will help reduce any lingering cough.
Salt Therapy works well as a preventative treatment as we are constantly breathing in pollutants and allergens which can irritate the lungs with chronic bronchitis. When our lungs are weakened, it can have a significant effect on our health. The smallest cold can result in weeks of sickness. Breathing in salt as part of your ongoing maintenance can help the body to heal faster and remove irritants fast. Salt Therapy is not a cure; it is a support for your lungs to help open and relieve inflammation and congestion throughout your airways.
In a recently completed study, the use of a mist of saline solution delivered to treat bronchiolitis in children concluded that saline could significantly reduce the length of hospital stay and decrease the severity in infants with acute viral bronchitis (Zhang L et al. Nebulized hypertonic saline solution for acute bronchiolitis in infants. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2008, Issue 4. Art. No.: CD006458. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD006458.pub2.)