According to a recent report by Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), Bangalore has been identified as one among 14 cities in India to have high pollution parameters, which may soon, increase the magnitudes of respiratory illness. The CSE report pointed out that, in Bangalore and Hyderabad the ozone levels were seen beyond limits in summer. If it continues, the days are not far when the Indian Garden city will become a Pollution Hotspot in India. The scenario of our state capital Delhi is not exceptional in this regard, according to the statistical handbook of Delhi state government; an average 23 people die every day due to respiratory illness in the capital. The most alarming fact is that this figure had double in past four years in the capital.
State of Bangalore Air
Recently the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB), Vice- Chairman Vaman Acharya had said in an environmental workshop that vehicular population in the city causing the asthma and the worst affected are children as they are the main segment to vulnerable to asthma. In the same workshop, H Paramesh, director of Lakeside Medical Centre and Hospital had informed that children between the ages of 2 and 17 suffer the most from respiratory related illness because of pollution. He had also stressed that the number of cases increasing in the Bangalore city for the past three decades.
Doctor’s from one of the premier medical institution, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) have been started worrying about deterioration air quality, claiming that most of the respiratory disorder such as chronic bronchitis, lung cancer, asthma, sinus, psoriasis, skin diseases etc and alerted that it may cause more fatalities in the coming days if correct measures are not taken.
Many Doctors across the country are ready to accept that medicines which are generally used to cure various respiratory ailments are slowly becoming ineffective in controlling symptoms of various respiratory illnesses. Use of inhalers and nebulizers are going up by leaps and bounds. Recent research reports reveals that the number of respiratory related illness are gone up among elderly people across India.
If we go by factual statistics and views of researchers and Doctors, which says that even medicine sometime ineffective in controlling respiratory illness then it is high time to give worth to salt therapy or Halotherapy. Because this drug free and 100 percent natural treatment is the latest buzzword among people suffering from chronic respiratory illness such as asthma and bronchitis. The Ukrainian Allergologic Hospital, which is one of the well known hospitals; had reported that over 60,000 individuals were cured of their respiratory ailments with the help of Halotherapy.
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In India as well, the Halotherapy session are proving worthy for respiratory illed patients. People who were not getting results from allopathy, ayurveda and homeopathy in controlling respiratory illness, they eventually take help of Halotherapy session to root out their age old ailments.
Seventy-five-years old, Mr Suresh Mukherjee, (name changed) a resident of Yelahanka, Bangalore who had been suffering from Chronic Sinusitis since last 5 years and getting fed up with medicines as it was not able to cure him, who even could not able to sleep at night for the last two months. Chronic Sinusitis is a condition in which the cavities around the nasal passages become inflamed and swollen. Learning about RespiCare- a salt therapy clinic based on Bangalore through a report in Times of India, a few months ago Mr Mukherjee resorted to Salt therapy or Halotherapy at RespiCare and after undergoing 20 sessions, he felt a complete recovery from nose block and cough problems.
In another case, sixty-one-year old Manjunath, (name changed) a resident of Vijaya Bank Layout, had been suffering from allergic bronchitis and respiratory problem right from his childhood. From the past 11 years, he was under regular and rigorous medications- allopathy, homeopathy even ayurveda, ironically the problem was not subsiding. It was then he resorted to salt therapy. After going through nine sessions, his problem has reduced to 90%. Many Doctors, ready to accept the salt therapy above all medication seeing such results. The salt therapy is not only relieving elderly people but also emerging as benefiting for children’s also. For twelve-year old Ravi, (name changed) a resident of Vidyaranyapura, salt therapy is becoming a boon as he is getting completely cured from the allergic rhinitis, which he had been suffering since he was five year old.
The practice of salt therapy has been increasing in metro cities of India including Bangalore since one and half years. People have been throng to salt spas for experiencing natural treatment to heal their respiratory illness. Indeed, Salt therapy has been redefining the treatment of respiratory illness for people of India. The interesting fact about salt therapy or halo therapy is that it could be both complementary or a standalone therapy and would not interact with any other ongoing treatment, be it allopathic, Homeopathic or Ayurvedic. The therapy is recognized as safe with no side effects across the world.
The science behind Halotherapy is very plain. The dry salt aerosol produces by halo generator helps to ease bronchial inflammation, remove pathogenic agents and speedily cleansing the bronchial airways. Halo therapy has been accepted as a highly advantageous and effective drug-free non invasive natural therapy for patients with various forms of chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (COPD) in India and abroad. Moreover, it can help number of diseases like Tonsillitis, Pharyngitis, Psoriasis, Acne, Ear infections, Smoker’s cough, Cold and Cough, Sleep disorders, Depression, Stress etc. etc. Halo therapy does not replace traditional treatment but rather a complementary therapy. It is no doubt, salt therapy has been marking its footprints in relieving respiratory ailments over all traditional treatments.
Author: Dr K P Loknath Kumar, Medical Director, RespiCare