HCS Inhaler and Neti Pot
Inhaler and Neti Pot
Salt therapies such as gargling with salt water, neti pots and speleotherapy or salt caves, have been used for thousands of years in a variety of traditional and modern medical practices. They have been used to treat mouth infections, sore throats as well as upper and lower respiratory conditions such as cold and flu, allergy, asthma, bronchitis, cystic fibrosis, sinus infection, sinusitis, rhinitis, hay fever and emphysema.
Original Himalayan Crystal Salt Inhaler
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A safe, natural way to support a healthy bronchial tract. The Original Himalayan Crystal Salt® Inhaler can provide helpful functional support for respiratory problems caused by:
• Pollen & other allergies
• Influenza & other infections
• Dehydrating, recycled air onboard planes or indoors
• Smoking (including smoking cessation)
Daily use for 10-20 minutes may:
• Support healthy breathing*
• Support mucosal health in the bronchial tract*
• Support hydration of the bronchial tract*
• Support cleansing and sanitation of the airways*
The natural, drug free, non-invasive inhaler is handcrafted in the USA. It is refillable but comes ready made with coarse granulated Original Himalayan Crystal Salt® already inside that lasts up to two years.
How it works
Coarse granulated Original Himalayan Crystal Salt® is placed between the inhaler chambers, and as you breathe through the inhaler, microscopic salt particles are absorbed through the moisture in the air, which flows into the respiratory system, delivering beneficial effects.
In a study involving people with severe breathing difficulties, 73.9% of those patients indicated a positive pulmonary response from use of the Himalayan Crystal Salt Inhaler. The use of salt for support of asthma and other respiratory ailments, is nothing new. Halotherapy (Halo=Salt in Greek), and Speleo-therapy (Speleos=Cave), are well known in Europe. Both treatments fall under the category of physical therapy, or drug-free treatment of disease. Salt inhalation was recommended by Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, who applied the age-old method of inhaling the steam from boiling saltwater.
Similarly, the bronchial tract is mucus lined and difficult to reach topically. The layer of salt and water that coats airways in the lung is only about a millionth of an inch thick. When it becomes irritated, mucus also thickens here and can be difficult to clear. Therefore salt inhalation, which reaches the entire tract, has symptomatic benefit for due to mucus thinning.
Speleotherapy and Halotherapy
Speleotherapy, also known as cave therapy, was developed in the mid-1800’s after Polish salt miners were found to have lower incidence of pulmonary disease. Variations have developed around the world. Halotherapy is the use of a chamber creating the cave microclimate for therapeutic use. A variety of articles, most written in Russian, have evaluated halotherapy in bronchial asthma, acute and chronic bronchitis, with halotherapy treatment courses of 10-20 one-hour sessions costing $500-$1000. Controlled experiments have been very difficult to measure due to lack of placebo; however, proponents of these therapies suggest use in the following:
- Abatement of bronchial inflammation
- Removal of airborne pollen particles from airways
- Strengthening of immune system that decreases allergic reaction to pollens
- Cleansing and sanitation of the airways
- Reduction of snoring
- Better sleep
In a pilot study of 35 patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a dry salt inhaler improved six-minute walk times, but not necessarily lung volume measured using spirometry. Therefore, while dry salt inhalation does not reverse the etiology of asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), it is believed to have therapeutic benefits in relieving the symptoms that are most often found with associated with these chronic conditions and thus quality of life. At the 2010 World Allergy Organization International Scientific Symposium, president Dr. Richard Lockey, MD said, "I don't believe you can take care of an asthmatic without addressing their comorbid conditions, and there are many of them. In my opinion, diagnosis and treatment guidelines should also address these comorbid conditions."
This extends to other areas such as patients with compromised immune systems which include the elderly, cancer and AIDS patients who often die from diseases associated to their condition like pneumonia. Additionally, smoking cessation, during and upon quitting, causes a difficult cough while the cilia become coordinated. The use of salt inhalation therapy can help to relieve these symptoms which can in turn improve compliance to a quit smoking plan.
Often long term use of dry salt inhalation therapy has been proposed for the comorbidities of these chronic conditions with periods ranging from weeks to months to years depending on severity and condition General recommendations are once or twice daily in the morning and evening. Inhalation durations range from 5 to 20 minutes again depending on the condition. However, because dry salt inhalation does not address the original genesis of the respiratory condition, lifelong, continued use may be reasonable for chronic conditions. To date, no contraindications have been observed with current pulmonary, bronchial, or asthmatic medications.
The type of salt used in the dry salt inhaler may play an important role as well. Crystal salts are unique in that they are formed under significant pressures. Bio-regulatory medicine practitioners prefer crystal salts for their bio-energetic quality. Additionally, the crystal salt should be hand cleaned. Industrial cleaners can damage the sensitive tissues of the respiratory tract. Finally, not all crystal salt is created equally. Most have done little to no analysis of what minerals are contained in the crystalline structure. Look for one that provides a certificate of analysis listing all the trace minerals and no contaminants.
Neti pots, from Ayurvedic medicine, have become widely popular among natural health practitioners and consumers, especially since appearing on the Oprah Winfrey Show. These ceramic pots are designed to flush water through the nasal passages and are often go-to products for sinus infection and pain, whether fungal, viral, or bacterial. Besides flushing out the sinuses, neti pots specifically use a nasal salt water (saline) solution .The most direct explanation of how this works is that salt water irrigation thins mucus which becomes thick, when the nose is irritated. This irritation can be from pollens, allergens or microbial. Salt is well known for its preservative and anti-microbial functions. When microbes are exposed to a salt water environment, the concentration of water in the solution is less than inside the cell and water tends to leave the cell. This causes the cell to dehydrate, which eventually kills the cell. By subjecting bacteria or fungus to a salty environment, it keeps them from propagating. Finally, swelling and accumulation of fluid often causes pain and dysfunction when allowed to continue. Salt water solutions can draw this fluid out and allows the body to restore local homeostasis.
Generally, a topical anti-inflammatory and a topical anti-pathogenic medication are needed through the use of nasal sprays. However, the far reaches of nasal mucosa make salt water flushing one of the only solutions. In addition salt water solution may also improve cilia coordination, another mechanism that may improve our understanding and outcomes in its use. Cilia, the hair-like structures that line the respiratory tract, must work in concert to move mechanical irritants, excess mucus and fluid. However, coordination fails when the communication between local cilium becomes interrupted. Irritants can disrupt this communication and saline therapy has been suggested to improve this coordination.
Directions for use: fill the neti pot with a 1% sole (salt water) solution, the same concentration as your tears. Tilt your head on to the side as shown in these pictures and pour the Sole solution into one nostril. 1% solution is 1 teaspoon of Sole solution in 8 ounces of pure water.