The first salt rooms were constructed by builders and were immediately available for commercial use without any reasonable professional supervision. People were attracted to the external imitation of salt caves of various designs. Despite the lack of the most important thing, dry salt aerosol, the owners of such rooms often claimed categorically and continued to maintain that it was possible to cure asthma, allergies, and many other illnesses in their rooms. The term ‘halotherapy’ came into fashion, but it was being used in the entirely wrong way! These unscrupulous offers, practically changing the meaning and introducing confusion and distrust, have discredited halotherapy and given rise to sharp criticism in the European medical community.
My friends and colleagues sometimes reproach me, saying I provide too little information about halotherapy. I would like to say that in more than 20 years, I have written more than 200 scientific publications, chapters in monographs and textbooks, and dozens of papers at professional forums. But a quantum leap has currently taken place in this field: halotherapy has become a phenomenon. It is a phenomenon on a massive scale and has many sides to it. With the expectations of commercial success, many people were caught up in this phenomenon, building a multitude of salt rooms. Outside of Russia, salt rooms are acquired and operated in the overwhelming majority of cases by people who are not connected to medicine in any way. I will not categorically state that this is improper and unacceptable. It is possible to find something positive in everything. After all, in order for halotherapy to help many people in need, it has to be used widely. This means that it should be used in the fields of rehabilitation and respiratory care, and not only in an official medical facilities, as has happened in Russia. However, we should not forget that it must not cause harm, especially as it develops into a mass phenomenon. Millions of people, without knowledge or qualifications, use the Internet’s deluge of data, in which it is possible to ‘drown’ trying to find reliable information.
At present, there are many different types of salt therapy, and many are called halotherapy. The fashionable trend of salt therapy and the lack of reliable information about halotherapy have led to the commercial spread of techniques, often based on pseudo-scientific information. Of the hundreds of salt rooms built in Europe and in the U.S., only a few have modern equipment for full, effective, and safe use of the method of controlled halotherapy. Looking through video clips on YouTube, I was surprised to see salt rooms that looked like they were designed for entertainment, where children played with salt, and adults just relaxed. At the same time, it claims to heal, and that it is halotherapy. This situation hinders the advancement of halotherapy, and arouses distrust in the medical community.
It is my belief that based on already available substantial scientific research and clinical experience, halotherapy has great potential for use in other countries. Of course, it is necessary to gain personal experience and determine the appropriate niche of medicine and rehabilitation, taking into account the traditional features of all the countries where this method will be used. Thanks to the possibility of a differentiated approach, controlled halotherapy has the potential to be used in clinical, industrial medicine, and the health resort industries, as well as in cosmetology. This method can become an effective means of respiratory hygiene in the rehabilitative and preventative respiratory care. In recent years, halotherapy has been used in the spa industry in many countries. There is great potential for the use of halotherapy in family, and, especially, in children’s rehabilitation. Practically, every field of medicine and rehabilitation could benefit from the use of the unique healing properties of dry aerosol of sodium chloride.
In order to promote various non-medicinal methods, including, of course, halotherapy, more effectively and correctly, we have established the Institute of Respiratory Hygiene and Halotherapy. The Institute provides information support of technologies used in the rehabilitation of the respiratory system, develops guidance programs, and organizes training seminars.
By creating this site, I have set the goal of introducing halotherapy to a wider audience, using the knowledge I have accumulated over the many years of my career. Without claiming comprehensiveness, I would like to help in the search for reliable knowledge in the areas where I have scientific and medical experience, and in which I can explain the actual situation and act as an expert.