I wanted to try an alternative therapy for my allergies and
annoying cough that I developed a week and a half ago. A colleague
recommended that I try salt cave therapy. I had never heard of it
but was willing try it out.
Salt cave therapy is touted as an all-natural way to help
relieve symptoms from allergies, asthma, even bronchitis and common
cold. Salt therapy started in early Europe during Roman and
The Salt Cave Therapy is literally a cave-like setting in which
you are completely surrounded by salts (surface, room, floor) and
natural minerals. The therapeutic level of treatment is 45-50
minutes where you sit and relax as air enriched with sea iodine is
introduced in the room.
How does it work? Well, when you breathe the salt particles into
your body, it supposedly allows anti-infectious property power to
help stimulate your immune system to help bring overall balance to
your body and also help you recover quicker from symptoms you are
I experienced the Salt Caves last Thursday afternoon at a spa in
Naperville called Timeless Spa and Salt Cave. I really enjoyed the
experience. The cost was $25 dollars for 48 minutes. I had a
private adult session, which was very relaxing. The spa also has
adult and children sessions. The best way to describe my experience
at the salt cave would be, "It was like being at an ocean beach
breathing in salt water air." The staff was very friendly. I wore
my regular clothes into the salt cave but had to wear white socks.
The spa provided mediation music, lighting, zero gravity chairs,
and blankets. You are allowed to walk around the room and enjoy
some reflexology for your feet but are asked to remain in the zero
gravity chairs when the treatment starts. I did not fall asleep but
I did focus on deep breathing exercises.
After the treatment, I felt more relaxed. My coughing and
sneezing stopped. I was able to breath easier. This lasted for
three days. They recommend 5-10 sessions. I would definitely go
back next week and bring my three-year-old son who has been
recently diagnosed with asthma. There are a few other salt caves in
Chicago and Glen Ellyn if you are interested in salt therapy for
allergies, asthma and upper respiratory issues.
Recommendations: If you are interested in the salt caves you
should check with your physician, especially if you are currently
under doctor's care for serious conditions. It is also not
recommended if you have thyroid issues or are pregnant.
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It is officially spring! Spring is the time of birth, where yang
energy is full and abundant. For many people, however, spring and
summer are seasons for allergies.
Allergies, or allergic rhinitis, are due to an over-reactivity
of the immune system to certain allergens. During spring and
summer, allergies are generally induced by wind-born tree, grass or
weed pollen, and can cause such symptoms as: sneezing; nasal
congestion; runny nose; watery, itchy, or red eyes; headaches;
fatigue; and sometimes coughing and wheezing. When allergens and
antibodies react in individuals with allergic rhinitis, their nasal
mucosa becomes swollen and may obstruct drainage from the sinuses
causing sinusitis in many people. Thus, sinus infections are a
frequent complication and consequence of allergic rhinitis.
While spring and summer are the seasons of the year that bring
us outdoors, many people are unable to enjoy these warmer months
due to uncomfortable symptoms. Chinese medicine can help bring
relief of symptoms, correct imbalances of the immune system,
prevent the occurrence of infection, and allow healing of tissues
of the sinuses.
From a Chinese point of view, allergic rhinitis is due to a
deficiency of the Lung and Kidney's Defensive-Qi systems, combined
with retention of chronic "Wind" in the nose.
Allergic rhinitis often starts in early childhood, with a
constitutional weakness, but it may also start later in life, with
a progressive decline of Kidney-Qi. Lung and Kidney Qi Deficiency
is the root of the problem, therefore, with herbal medicine and
acupuncture, we strengthen and nourish these organs. The
manifestation of the disease is Wind invading the Lung channel in
the nose. This accounts for the acute attacks. With herbs and
acupuncture, we clear the Wind, reduce congestion, and open the
nasal passages. It is necessary to treat both the root and the
manifestation in order to produce lasting results.
The western treatment of allergic rhinitis relies mostly on the
use of antihistamine agents. Unfortunately, antihistamines only
treat the manifestations of the disease and not the root. In
addition, they cause side effects such as dizziness, fatigue,
insomnia, nervousness, dryness, and gastrointestinal
Chinese medicine offers allergy sufferers a way to strengthen
their bodies and significantly reduce their symptoms, without
unpleasant side effects. You do not have to spend another season
living with allergies.
Here are acupuncture points from my class notes and CAM book. I
have clinically used these points in the clinic and I feel they are
very effective in treating allergies, postnasal drips and
Wind-Cold Affecting the Lung
Wind-Heat Affecting the LU
Signs & Symptoms
Word to the wise: The treatment protocols mentioned above are to
be used after a complete tongue and pulse examination. The
effectiveness of these treatments may vary based on the
differential diagnosis, while other points should be added or not
used based on your patient history and complete
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