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"I have been a client of the Salt Wellness clinic Bexleyheath since November 2012 and it is
one of the best alternative treatments I have experienced for my asthma."
- Marissa Godden
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“I have had 20 sessions and after about five I suddenly realised that I was going up
the stairs at home without even thinking about it, just as I used to."
- Pauline Humphrey
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"Very relaxing and makes the skin feel very good"
- Sharon S
Luke Nagy-Perry from Bexleyheath was just four-months-old when he first suffered from bronchiolitis, a common condition in young babies.
When it came back every month, Mum Fiona became more and more worried. After repeated trips to A&E, the family eventually found what seemed like a miracle cure right on their doorstep at Bexleyheath’s very own Salt Clinic.
“When older children or adults catch a cold, that’s usually all it is. But when babies get the virus it quickly goes to their chest and results in bronchiolitis,” explains Fiona, a Reiki practitioner.
“It can be a very frightening thing for both baby and parent as the baby finds it hard to breathe. The normal treatment is just Calpol or Neurofen to bring down the temperature, or inhalers.
“We were in and out of A&E for a couple of days but then Luke caught it again a month later and the whole process started again. He was left with a wheeze which made it more difficult to breathe. We were told that he would probably grow out of it, but each time he caught a cold – which was almost constantly – he suffered badly and had a lot of chest infections, and would usually be awake from 2am onwards coughing.”
It was in July 2012 that Fiona discovered the Salt Clinic. Located right next door to Sainsbury’s and a stone’s throw from Bexleyheath Station, the clinic has an adult’s room and a children’s room.
The walls and floor are covered in salt and more is infused through a special medical device called BTZ, which blows in salty air maintained at precise salt concentrations depending on the patient’s respiratory/skin conditions. The clinic is run by Dung Hoang, an offshore oil/gas worker, and Oksana Hoang, a former medical nurse.
Adults sit in comfy loungers and read or sleep while children play in the salt filled nursery room, all the time breathing in tiny salt particles that enter the deepest part of the lung – the alveoli.
Oksana said: “I became interested in running a Salt Clinic as our son has very bad asthma and it has been so brilliant at helping him recover and breathe better.”
“Oksana recommended I bring Luke in twice a week for a course of 10 sessions. We noticed an improvement after the first session and for the first time in weeks he slept through the night. He continued to improve until I no longer noticed a wheeze. When he last caught a cold, he didn’t get any chest infection.”
The Salt Clinic provides relief for a wide range of conditions, including chronic bronchitis, sinusitis, ear infections, psoriasis, rhinitis, hay fever, cystic fibrosis and tonsillitis.
“It is so hard for a parent to see your baby struggle to breathe and the relief is priceless. I’m really keen to spread the word – the treatment definitely works. I’m now looking at another course for the winter as a preventative measure.”
I have been a client of the Salt Wellness clinic Bexleyheath since November 2012 and it is one of the best alternative treatments I have experienced for my asthma and allergic Rhinitis that has shown immediate relief and improvements. I have chronic/severe Asthma and chronic rhinitis. I had polyps removed some years ago and I have gone through years and months of being prescribed steroids and antibiotics as I constantly pick up chest infections and my asthma has progressively worsened. I was also hospitalised with an atypical pneumonia, now 4 years ago. Since then my asthma has become totally uncontrollable and unpredictable. My asthma treatments have been changed several times with limited success of controlling it. It has progressively become so bad that it has affected my ability to do day to day things and compromised my ability to exercise and makes everything exhausting. I am tired all the time and have a constant cough and am always expelling mucus or phlegm. With the doctors able to do little to help, I started to feel desperate. Someone told me about salt treatments and after finding out about the Salt Wellness clinic I have been having sessions which have improved my condition immensely.
I didn’t expect a cure or an instant result as my conditions were chronic and I started off having 3 sessions a week. Even after the second session I noticed that I was able to breathe a little easier through my nose. After 5 treatments there was a noticeable difference as the inflammation and tightness on my chest had eased, which previously had been painful. Where I used to get a lot of rhinitis headaches and sinus congestion, which again was often painful, after several treatments this had stopped, I was headache free and my face was less puffy. By the time I had had 10 treatments the amount of phlegm I was expelling had dramatically reduced and my chest felt more open and less wheezy and not so sore. I had 20 treatments initially, and by the end of these, I also noticed I had more energy and I could breath deeper into my lungs which is backed up by my peak flow readings which were always between 200-250 previously and since having the Salt Therapy treatments are now steadily around 270-300 which is an incredible change for the better.
I recently picked up a usual winter cold, which I would normally have for weeks on end and need antibiotics to clear, however this time it cleared very quickly within a week without medical intervention which I was delighted about and I believe this is the result of regular Salt Therapy treatments. My husband and friends have also noticed a difference and said that I do not seem so nasally and I am not as wheezy. Best of all, everyday tasks have become easier and I am able to do more light exercise again.
Apart from the main benefits I have experienced in the ease of my asthma and rhinitis symptoms, the sessions are very relaxing. I sometimes fall asleep but know that the treatment is still working as you only need to relax and breathe in the particles of salt in a normal way. Some days, I come out of a session noticing a difference straight away with my chest feeling less tight, although it is often the next day I feel a real difference and my lungs feel more open. It also means I can inhale my asthma medication more effectively. Since I have been having Salt Wellness clinic treatments I have not needed to go on antibiotics or steroids and for the first time in a long time, I feel hopeful of a consistent improvement in my condition.
A retired Greenwich librarian has found relief from an unusual remedy after battling with COPD (Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), a condition that causes the airways to the lungs become narrow and limits the flow of air to and from the lungs, causing shortness of breath.
Pauline Humphrey, aged 62, was diagnosed two years ago having never had a chest infection before, and found she just could not stop coughing.
“I never smoked but lived with parents who did, and in a very polluted area of London. After diagnosis by my doctor I was put on two different steroid inhalers and left to get on with it.
“Although day to day I was able to do most things, I was noticing shortness of breath, even going up stairs in doors and when I did get a cough, it proved very difficult to stop especially at night.
“Through the COPD team in Greenwich I did an eight-week Pulmonary Rehab course which was very useful and got me started on exercising. Meanwhile — being an ex Librarian — I started searching the net for information on COPD.
“I came across Salt therapy and tried a salt pipe but it didn’t have much effect.
“Earlier this year, my husband and I went on a short holiday with my son and his fiancée to Edinburgh. Without me knowing they had arranged for me to have a session at the Salt Clinic there. I thoroughly enjoyed the session though didn’t feel any different, however that night I had the best nights’ sleep I’d had for ages.
“After my experience I did more research and was keener than ever to try a series of sessions at a Salt Clinic – imagine my delight when I found one was opening only an hour away from me in Bexleyheath.
“I have had 20 sessions and after about five I suddenly realised that I was going up the stairs at home without even thinking about it, just as I used to. Also, when I am resting or sitting reading I don’t even notice my breathing so I know it is easier.
“While I still have some days that are better than others, my lungs just feel cleaner and more comfortable.
“Only last week my husband remarked, “I can’t remember when you last had a nasty cough.” The only thing different is the Salt Clinic so it must be down to that.
I have Brittle Asthma, a condition I have suffered with since 2010. Simply put, Brittle Asthma is Asthma that’s severe and difficult to control; requiring complex treatments and, on occasions, lengthy hospital admissions. In my case, it is not unusual for me to be admitted to hospital four to eight times a year.
I first heard about Bexleyheath Salt Clinic about two years ago. I even bought a discount voucher for it, through Groupon; but failed to use it before its twelve-month expiry date. Like so many westerners, I believed that conventional, scientifically proven and pharmaceutically produced medication was the surest way to treat conditions such as mine. So, to this end I religiously took numerous inhalers and steroids, as well as received fortnightly injections, to help reduced exacerbations.
Earlier this year (2015), I suffered a really bad asthma attack, which saw me in a coma on a life support machine. My family were told to prepare themselves for the worst, as my chances of survival were deemed by clinicians to be very slim. (I’m sure you’ll appreciate how frightening and distressful this was for my family). I spent three weeks in hospital fighting for my life and when I was finally allowed home, I had to undergo further treatment to build my strength and regain my mobility.
Once I was able to walk again, a friend of mine — who had been nagging me for over a year to try the Salt Clinic — booked an introductory session and took me along. I can’t say that I noticed any immediate improvement, but I definitely enjoyed the ambient setting and having that time and space to mentally recharge my batteries!!! However, this same precious friend also bought me an introductory pack, which gave me three more sessions. I took the advice of the supportive staff at the Salt Clinic and used the sessions over a short period of time; which enabled me to feel the benefits.
I now attend Bexleyheath Salt Clinic twice-a-week and receive lasting benefits from my sessions. If I’m having a particularly bad week with my asthma or feel a chest infection is looming, I try to fit in an extra session for the week, just to keep things under control. Friends and family have not only noticed an improvement in my breathing, but have also commented on how clear and glowing my skin looks (just an additional bonus!!!).
The Salt Clinic will never be a cure for my condition and I continue to take my pharmaceutical medication religiously, but for the first time in five years I feel more positive and able to cope with this long-term condition. And – since using the Salt Clinic, I haven’t had another hospital admission!!!