Is salt therapy the solution for your easy breathing?

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- If you think you've tried everything there is in hopes to alleviate symptoms from respiratory problems or other medical conditions, maybe you should give salt therapy some thought.

Pavel Gershkovich is the director of the Salt Chalet in Scottsdale. He says salt therapy, also known as halotherapy, has been thought to improve symptoms for medical conditions such as asthma, bronchitis, ear-nose-throat illnesses, sinusitis, eczema, and psoriasis.

The Salt Chalet in Scottsdale has two salt rooms available for use. The walls in the rooms are lined with layers of salt from the Dead Sea. Even the floor is covered in salt.

While clients sit in the room, a halogenerator grinds up the salt into a fine mist and blows the salt into the room. Clients breathe in that salt. Gershkovich says that when the salt is inhaled, it gets deep into the lungs. It's believed that the salt has antiseptic properties that help clear up infections.

Some clients stated that they felt and noticed immediate results after only one session. One client said that she had been fighting a bad cold, includinga nagging cough, for two weeks. After only one treatment, she said her cough was gone.

According to Gershkovich, the number of treatments needed depends on the medical condition being addressed. He says sometimes just one session is all a person needs. Another person may need several more.

The Salt Chalet is the only salt-therapy clinic available in Arizona anad one of just eight in the entire country. For more information visit the Salt Chalet website at