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Salt Room Therapy Provides Valuable Relief: Pavel Gershkovich recommends the healing properties of salt rooms for a positive impact on lung function and to alleviate respiratory and skin ailments ranging from asthma to allergies and eczema

Pavel Gershkovich operates Salt Chalet Arizona, the only facility in the state with two salt rooms—an oasis of fresh, healthy, salt-infused air in the heart of a polluted city. Its unique environment is created by filling a room with salt from the Dead Sea of Israel, which is naturally antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. The room is coated from floor to ceiling with this salt, and it is also misted into the room, mimicking the microenvironment of a salt cave.

Long-term treatment in a salt room has a positive impact on lung function, proven in clinical studies to alleviate respiratory and skin ailments ranging from asthma to allergies and eczema. The salt kills harmful bacteria in the lungs, clears mucus buildup, opens air passages and boosts the immune system naturally, with no side effects.

The latest American Lung Association annual air quality report card ranks metro Phoenix as having the second-dirtiest air in the nation. Phoenix also received a failing grade for ozone, formed when heat and sunlight react with nitrogen oxides and volatile organic compounds (VOC). The most-common VOC sources are vehicle exhaust, gasoline fumes, power plant emissions and chemicals such as paint.

In ancient times, people traveled great distances to the Dead Sea for its healing properties. The water is much saltier than the ocean, so that fish and other aquatic life forms cannot live in it. As a result, the Dead Sea is much more saturated with minerals than the ocean. Specifically, sodium, potassium and magnesium have been proven to help detoxify the body, stimulate blood circulation and relieve tension and muscle aches.

Salt therapy has been used medicinally in Europe and Asia for decades, recently spreading to Canada and the United States, where there are just eight such facilities. More people than ever are seeking to reduce asthma attacks, allergies, COPD and a host of breathing issues, and those with asthma have been able to reduce the use of their inhalers.

Salt Chalet Arizona is located at 5011 N. Granite Reef Rd., in Scottsdale. For more information, call 480-621-6041 or visit