Salt room for persistent flu

February 24, 2012

Colds, Flu, Healing, Natural therapies, Salt room

Treatment rooms are completely coated with multiple layers of pure salt from the Dead Sea.

by Pavel Gershkovich — 

There is a nasty new type of flu making the rounds. Runny nose, sinus drainage, dry cough and fatigue lead the list of symptoms. Its victims report that just when you think you are over it, a week later it is back — this happens two, three and four times. It may be several months before you have finally recovered.

“This is a virus,” says Dr. Abram Ber of Scottsdale, Ariz. “It is not one we recognize, and it is not one of the three strains for which this season’s annual flu shot was formulated. So people who got the flu shot are coming down with this, too.”

Antibiotics are not effective against a virus. Many people looking for a non-drug answer are finding relief in an ancient technology — salt rooms. For centuries, people with respiratory troubles have sat in rooms covered from floor to ceiling with salt from the Dead Sea. Salt from that part of the world is a natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory agent. It kills harmful bacteria in the lungs, clears mucus buildup, opens air passages and improves lung function.

When breathed in, the tiny salt particles get embedded deeply in the lower lungs, which are where many respiratory problems reside. Once in the system, the salt absorbs bacteria and clears away mucus that would otherwise block the airways.

Salt rooms are very common in Europe and the Middle East. They have been used for decades as treatments for colds and flu, allergies, asthma, bronchitis, cystic fibrosis, sinus infection, sinusitis, rhinitis, hay fever and emphysema. When the salt’s fine particles land on the skin, they naturally disinfect and begin to heal eczema and other skin conditions. Many people with asthma, the flu or other respiratory ailments find this ancient therapy works better than modern pharmaceuticals.

“People are sometimes skeptical at first because most Americans have never heard of salt rooms before,” Ber said. “Then they try it and are amazed at the effectiveness. In that sense, it is not unlike homeopathy. Both are older, more natural approaches to health that work with the body to achieve the healing effect.”

Treatment rooms are completely coated with multiple layers of pure salt from the Dead Sea. During a treatment session, a very fine mist of salt particles is injected into the room. Patients are sitting in a negative-ion microclimate which is completely free of bacteria. They then breathe deeply, drawing the salt into their lungs.


Pavel Gershkovich, C.H.P., C.R.P., is the director of Arizona Leech Therapy and Salt Chalet Arizona in Scottsdale, Ariz., and 480-621-6041.

Reprinted from AzNetNews, Volume 30, Number 2, April/May 2011.


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