Told by a mother, registered nurse by profession:
Veronika (four years old) and Linnea (13 months old) have undergone salt room therapy for approximately six months to treat their respiratory infections. Both girls suffer from severe shortness of breath caused by regular coughing. These breathing difficulties are treated with asthma medication. Infections of the respiratory passages are generally long-lasting and require intensive treatment for two to three weeks. Salt room therapy has reduced the duration of infections by approximately half and facilitated a significant reduction in medicine needed to open up the respiratory passages.
We have sought treatment at varying stages of the illnesses. Of course, it is preferable to receive treatment at the very beginning of the sickness. The results of the salt room therapy have been very good, even when the ailments had advanced to levels of strong affliction.
The salt acts on the mucous membrane to reduce infections. It has proved very effective in the treatment of our daughters' respiratory disorders. For example, in February of 2005, Linnea came down with the common cold, which quickly developed into a strong cough and a head cold, or rhinitis. She suffered from severe shortness of breath, and the relief from asthma medication seemed hopelessly small. We took her to receive salt room treatment on two consecutive days, the sessions lasting 13 minutes each time. After the first time, the cold went away almost completely. It was as if the tap had been turned off, with the mucus excretion reduced from substantial to minor. Linnea regained her appetite and was able to suckle milk again. The symptoms of affliction eased off completely for 10-12 hours, then came back, but were much milder this time.
After the second treatment session, Linnea was able to go through the rest of the ailment period without the need for decongestive medication. Similarly, whenever Veronika has come down with the common cold, during her whole life it has inescapably developed into a condition of severe shortness of breath. Neither an immediately administered decongestive dose nor regular medications have been able to bring much relief. With salt room treatment, however, we have gotten to the point where the advancement of the illness can be stopped and recovery can begin. Thanks to the treatment, the ailment period is shorter and the use of medication is significantly reduced. Veronika even gladly goes to the treatment sessions. It is exciting to go into a room with salt on the walls and floor, and one gets to relax in an easy chair or even play, if one so desires. We parents are greatly relieved by the thought that regular respiratory infections no longer have to be feared because of their duration and severity.
A 47-year-old male, acute maxillary sinusitis (sinus infection):
The patient got a sinus infection in the early summer and was prescribed antibiotics. The medication, however, was not effective in curing the infection, so the patient started a 10-session salt room therapy regime on a Monday. At the beginning of the first week, there was no noticeable change in the man's condition, but on Thursday he started feeling significantly worse. This lasted one day. Then, during the weekend, the patient started profusely excreting green mucus and he began to feel better. Gradually, the excretion of mucus stopped and the infection went away. In all, the man underwent 12 treatment sessions, and he was very satisfied with the therapy.
A 38-year-old male, acute bronchitis:
While in Estonia, the patient contracted bronchitis and was prescribed antibiotics, which were not effective. An Estonian lung doctor advised the patient to undergo a 10-session salt room therapy regime upon return to Finland. The man went through five consecutive days of treatment, followed by a week's break and then five more consecutive therapy days. During the second treatment week, the cough stopped and the inflammation went away completely. The patient also brought along an eight-year-old boy, who exhibited symptoms of allergic rhinitis (allergy-related cold) and eczema (inflammation of the skin). After taking part in the therapy sessions, the boy's cold went away and his rash was no longer visible.