Does Salt Room Therapy Work?

ABC News' Kayna Whitworth explores salt rooms, where small particles of salt in the air, it's believed, can address a variety of ailments.
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As rob just mentioned time now to kick off our new series "Project wellness." And we're looking at some new therapies being used to treat chronic medical issues. One simple treatment, salt therapy which one of the best kept secrets that ABC's kayna Whitworth checked out. Reporter: Sure, it can make your food taste better but did you know it might actually make you feel better. Salt therapy, aka halotherapy has been around for, well, as long as salt has but it's only now gaining ground in the U.S. Salt therapy is simply breathing in salt air. Detoxifying, anti-inflammatory. Reporter: The treatment is simple. Just sit, relax and breathe. A halo generator does all the work. A generator pulverizes the sauld into tiny breathable particles that can enter the pores and blows it into the room. I think it might like the world's best crept secret. Reporter: For Dominique it's been life changing. I had been suffering with a skin disorder all this year. Like very itchy hives and all over from head to toe. It was hard to sleep at night. It was causing me a lot of distress. Reporter: She says she tried everything with no relief until this. A lot of the improvement I'm feeling is the inflammation and the relieve of having itchy skin all day long. Reporter: Beyond skin condition salt therapy claims to help with allergies, cystic fibrosis and chronic respiratory issues. I've always had bronchitis, as ma and allergy, just a lot of wheezing, coughing. Reporter: After seeing progress in just three months rob says it's now become part of his lifestyle. My breathing feels just better. Just overall changed my attitude toward managing what I need to do for myself. Reporter: Experts say that is the key here. It's not a cure but rather an all natural way to manage your ailments. We're talking about something that may based on patient's report improve symptoms of chronic lung diseases of various kinds. Reporter: For "Good morning America," kayna Whitworth, ABC news, Los Angeles. I got to say it is fascinating. ABC's senior medical contributor Dr. Jen Ashton joins us now. Jen, this is fascinating but we have some examples. Here's himalayan salt and regular table salt. Are there dangers in this treatment? So first there's some medical perspective. In a hospital setting we use salt aerosolized in nebulizer treatments for breathing and hyper tonic saline we use. What there isn't is good data on salt chambers yet but I think in terms of risk/benefit, the risks are probably pretty low. Irritation to breathing is a possibility, of course, it can irritate your eyes or your skin if you're sitting on a block of this and then cost. It's going to vary place to place. As a doctor would you recommend this type of therapy and treatment? Gosh, well, not -- Put you on the spot. Not at the expense of something that's been subbed to rigorous scientific study and not instead of so if it's an either/or, no, because we need more data. If it's in addition to something or adding it to a wellness program everyone can consider it. I'll admit, I'm going to try it. I'm a sucker for marketing and I will try it. Testimonials got you. I'll sit on this block of salt. She will do that right here. You'll be doing a live demo right after the show. You can watch that live demo on Twitter. Your handle is Dr. J. Ashton. Sit on the salt. I'm not going to sit on the salt but explain how salt works. A little science and chemistry. Coming up, performing a

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