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Salt Therapy Association launches new industry standards

The Salt Therapy Association (STA) — the world’s largest non-profit organization for providers and consumers of salt therapy — recently announced the launch of its Salt Therapy Industry Standards (STIS).
The standards, which have been developed in order to provide a baseline for implementation and marketing, are meant to ensure consumers receive evidence-based salt therapy and, as Leo Tonkin, one of STA’s founding members points out, “to educate the industry on the importance of adhering to consistent standards that maintain the industry’s integrity.”
STIS include the following:

  • Dry salt therapy (halotherapy) can only be provided by utilizing a professional-quality halogenerator.
  • Salt particle size emitted from the halogenerator must be 5 microns or less (the smaller the better.)
  • Halotherapy can only be provided in an enclosed space to contain the salt particles in the area.
  • Proper ventilation is required in the space to ensure proper air exchange.
  • The length of a session is determined by the cubic volume of air space in the enclosed chamber, from 10 to 45 minutes or longer.
  • The only salt to be used in a halogenerator is 99.99% pure-grade dry pharmaceutical/medical sodium chloride.
  • Himalayan salt used on walls or floors, or as an architectural or décor element does not provide any direct respiratory health benefits.
  • Never claim salt therapy is a “cure” or “healing” agent for any condition.

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