Eczema, otherwise known as atopic dermatitis is a non-contagious skin condition most commonly found in children although adults can get it. The symptoms of exzema include itchy, red, and dry skin caused by inflammation. It is a skin condition that varies significantly from person to person. It is also called atopic dermatitis and in western medicine is mainly treated is with oral medications, steroid creams and light therapy also known as photo-chemotherapy.
Salt cave halotherapy is one of the leading alternative therapies since it kills bacteria and fungi, is anti-inflammatory and reduces lgE levels so that the immune system becomes less over-sensitive. This results in less itching. Essentially salt therapy activates multiple physiological processes within the body.
For long term results using salt therapy for eczema, 15 - 20 sessions are recommended. The sessions should be frequent with 2 to 3 a week for approximately six weeks.
According to the owner of a major salt cave in England, for most patients after a course of Salt Therapy, eczema symptoms disappear. They estimate the treatment efficacy at between 75 - 98%.
Generally eczema clients do one or two salt therapy courses a year or alternatively come back for some top-up halotherapy sessions.
Halotherapy for Eczema
Scientific Research on Halotherapy as a treatment for Eczema.
The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. June 2006, 12(5): 451-457. doi:10.1089/acm.2006.12.451.
Complementary and Alternative Medicine Therapies in Acne, Psoriasis, and Atopic Eczema: Results of a Qualitative Study of Patients' Experiences and Perceptions