Just Breath! Clinic
By combining acupuncture, respiratory exercises and halotherapy (halos - salt in Greek - a method of treatment in a controlled air medium which simulates a natural salt cave microclimate), we achieved the best results in treating the following respiratory conditions:
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases (COPD)
At Quintessence, you will be immersed in an environment especially designed for your respiratory condition. Our treatment room is set up as a microclimate similar to that of a salt cave. Is a natural and totally safe respiratory environment based on the anti-inflammatory, bactericide, hydrophilic and mucokinetic properties of salt. We use an internationally recognized European innovation, Salin®, that is producing natural ionic aerosol resulting from the ventilation of the air through a natural rock salt filter. The air is forced through a filter with micro-crystallized deposit of very old halite salt crystals formed in the Middle Miocene era, from the Transylvanian Praid salt mine from Romania. The salt contains primarily sodium chloride and is rich in trace minerals (Composition: NaCl 98,7% CaSO4 0,1% MgCl2 0,028% CaCl2 0,13% Fe2O3 0,00056%, further traces of K, I and Br). The air you breath in our office carries the beneficial elements preserved 20-22 million years within the unpolluted salt crystals. The salt aerosol is proved to have bactericidal effect, cleansing microbial flora of the respiratory tract, slowing down bacterial growth and increasing resistance to respiratory tract diseases. Our bionic air purifier, natural ionizer and salinizer uses forced ionization of the indoor air by salt sublimation (places tiny micro particles of salt into the air). The salt micro crystals are under 5µm diameter, with a majority under 1µm and are able to penetrate deep into the lung.
Halotherapy is derived from speleotherapy - the treatment in the natural salt caves, mined for halite, commonly known as rock salt. These salt deposits were formed as horizontal salt beds in ancient oceans and were later buried deeply beneath sediments as mountains eroded. Later, some of these buried salt deposits were geologically deformed by tectonic forces within the earth. Although virtually unknown in North America, speleotherapy has been practiced in salt caves of Eastern and Central Europe for over 150 years, as during late 18th century the doctors noticed that the workers of salt mining industry never suffered from bronchial or lung diseases, which they realized was due to high salt aerosol content in the mines.
One of the mechanisms of Halotherapy is the presence of large quantities of negative ions in the underground salt mine. Surnamed "the vitamins of the air", negative ions are particles with an electric charge that readily combines with airborne pollutants, stimulate the reticuloendothelial system, promote alpha brain waves and increase brain wave amplitude which results in a higher awareness level. Therefore the body is better able to absorb oxygen into the blood cells, oxidize serotonin and filter airborne contaminants. Normal ion counts in fresh country air is 2,000-4,000 negative ions per cubic centimeter. At a large water fall you might find over 100,000 negative ions. Polluted air such as in large cities might have less than 100 ions. According to research, positive ions cause sleeplessness, irritability, tension, migraines, nausea, breathing difficulties, digestive problems, depression, fatigue, even suicide. Positive ions slow down the delivery of oxygen, producing symptoms like anoxia or oxygen starvation. They alter the functional state of the central nervous system, peripheral organs and affect the secretion of the neuro-hormone serotonin.
Besides ionization, salt particles show a bactericidal effect.
The fluidization of the secretions in the
respiratory system leads to the elimination of these secretions.
The Salin device brings back in
present the Na ion as the main cellular stabilizer of the respiratory
epithelium. The Salin device represents a convenient alternative of marine
aerosol therapy or halotherapy of the saline sanatoriums (speleotherapy).
Salt inhalations can be used for children as well as for adults. There is no contraindication for those on a low-salt diet. The salt micro particles are so small that won't be able to affect negatively a low-salt diet. When you breathe the salty air, the total amount of the inhaled salt is extremely small. These quantities of salt reach the epithelium surface and there are eliminated with the mucus.
How does Salin ® work
The salt micro particles penetrate into every area of the lungs and kill microbes, leading to a reduction in inflammation. Acting as a mucokinetic, they restore the normal transport of mucus and unclog blockages in the bronchi and bronchioles.
The inhaled saline (NaCl) is hydrophilic, so it absorbs the edema from the mucosa lining the airway passages, having natural non steroidal anti inflammatory properties, so it offers a natural asthma treatment.
Absorption of the inflammatory edema from the mucosal lining the bronchial tree, causing asthma, will be diminished, leading to widening of the airway passages. Also, it humidifies and fluidizes the bronchial secretions in the bronchial tree. Humidification and fluidization of the bronchial secretions leads to the relief of the bronchospasm assisting and improving the treatment of asthma.
In the nose and para-nasal sinuses, edema of the nasal mucosa, causing nasal obstruction, will be diminished, leading to widening of the airway passage in the nose and the tubes of the sinuses and improves the sinuses drainage.
In the auditory tube: Edema of the Eustachian tube mucosa, causing obstruction and otitis media, will be diminished, leading to widening of the airway passages, better drainage of the inflammatory secretions & better aeration behind the tympanic membrane (drum).
In the oropharynx and soft palate: Sodium ion reduces the oro-pharyngeal edema, often met with snoring, resulting in improvement and diminishing or stop snoring.
Respiratory secretions and cilia mobility: The salt aerosol humidifies and fluidizes the secretions of the respiratory system, enhances the movement of cilia in the bronchi and helps the rapid elimination of the residual tar and the foreign allergens.
For best results, it is recommended that you use the Salin device for at least 8-10 hours/day. In order to achieve that, you may want to buy the device and install it in your bedroom, so you can inhale the ionized air during the sleep. It is a convenient and relatively inexpensive adjuvant in the treatment of your respiratory condition.
2. Acupuncture for Respiratory Conditions
In Chinese Medicine, the Lungs are considered the most vulnerable organs, and therefore are the most susceptible to exterior factors. It is not surprising that, with today's polluted and dusty cities, asthma and allergies are sky rocking. According to a landmark survey of the current state of asthma and asthma management among children in the United States, nearly one out of 10 (9.2%) American children 18 years of age and younger currently suffers from asthma (http://www.asthmainamerica.com/children_index.html)
In Chinese medicine, the lungs are also considered susceptible to emotional strain, especially traumatic events resulting in sadness and depression. From classical alchemical perspective, if the body is the oven cooking and transforming one's life and the lungs are the ventilation pipe that releases the pressure of the cooker. If the pipe is clogged, the pressure cannot be released properly, which results in stagnation in personal evolution as well as in the physical aspect - with such symptoms as edema and mucus production. Depending on the underlying pattern of your condition, you might be subjected to a multi-layered acupuncture approach, that will trigger a profound healing experience.
Some of the responses that acupuncture can immediately trigger are:
1- it boosts the immunity
The Chinese concept of Wei Qi (Defense Qi) is similar to the Western concept of the immune system. Wei qi protects the body against foreign substances, that, if not caught, can lead to allergies and other autoimmune conditions. When the Wei qi is compromised, we become vulnerable to mold, bacteria, viruses, dust, pollen etc. Acupuncture supports the production of Wei qi by sustaining the systems of the body involved in its production. Acupuncture has the effect of strengthening a person's constitution and overall health so that their allergic response is reduced - this is especially important in the treatment of allergic asthma.
2- Acupuncture appears to act on the nervous system by relieving excitation of the parasympathetic nerves while raising the level of excitation of sympathetic nerves. Acupuncture also appears to reduce the level of inflammatory chemicals in the blood, thereby reducing allergic responses.
3 - it can "release emotions" and help manage the stress
By its anti stress mechanisms, involving neurotransmitters and adrenocorticotropic hormones release during acupuncture, it can effectively help manage the emotional overload. By stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system,
4 - relieves the pain associated with bronchial spasms
3. Lifestyle and dietary advice
Last, but not least, if you are suffering from a respiratory condition, you will be given advice on how to create an appropriate home and work environment. This is a crucial element in your treatment. You will learn how to identify allergens, get rid of mold, what kind of air purifier provides best results etc. You will be given suggestions regarding your diet from the Chinese Dietary Therapy perspective.
Just Breath! Clinic runs on Mondays between 4pm to 8pm at our Bronx location: