What does halotherapy involve? well, at first glance it appears to be mainly sitting on an Ikea chair in a room for an hour. Actually, on second glance, it appears to be the same. For the privilege of doing this, you pay £35 a hour.
I'm over simplifying, of course. According to The Salt Cave's website:
The website then helpfully goes on to tell us about all the other conditions that halotherapy can be used for: asthma, COPD, acne, ADHD, and various other ailments. It's packed with testimonials using words like 'miracle' and recommendations, but sadly lacking in anything like useful clinical information. We are told that:
But of course there is no reference cited to have a good look at where they've gotten their figures from.
So let's think about this. I'm not that hot anymore on inhalation formulations (university was a long, long time ago folks), but i do remember than inhalation therapy was quite a complex area. Could sitting in a room with some salt on the walls really have all these health benefits? I can see the point of a steam room type situation (especially as I sit here typing with a cold, thinking how lovely a steam room would be), but a dry room?
I'm going to have a bit of a look into it, and get back to you. (That's how we medicines information pharmacists roll). In the meantime... Those Ikea chairs... I just can't take it seriously. I could always be wrong, of course.