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One brave Bexley resident has brought a potential saviour for hay fever sufferers to the borough. Robin Cottle finds out more about the treatment which it is claimed alleviates a range of congestion problems.

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L-r: Bexley Mayoress, Cllr Ross Downing, Lily, Oksana and Danny Hoang and Mayor Cllr Alan Downing at the official openingL-r: Bexley Mayoress, Cllr Ross Downing, Lily, Oksana and Danny Hoang and Mayor Cllr Alan Downing at the official opening

An eastern European therapy using salt, which battles teary eyes and congestion problems such as asthma, is now available in Bexleyheath.

The Salt Cave opened in Avenue Road earlier this summer and has caused quite a stir in the community.

Customer May Penkaew said: “My congestion problems started to affect my social life and stopped me sleeping for more than about three hours a night. The Salt Cave really helped and no one can understand what a relief it was to get rid of a constant cough.”

The venue is one of only four franchises in England – the others are in Tunbridge Wells, Earlsfield in south-west London and Milton Keynes – and more could pop up over the country if they are successful.

Customer May PenkaewCustomer May Penkaew

The franchise was brought to the UK by Hungarian Denes Gal. Without getting too scientific, the theory is that salt reacts with the air to reduce muscle swelling and un-clog blockages in the throat.

Denes said: “Our advanced system makes sure the air is cleaner and more sterile than in an operating theatre. When people sit in their caves for each one-hour session they usually relax with a book or watch television and just breathe normally. It’s just as though they were sitting in a gentle sea breeze.”

Denes also claims there is evidence to show that the treatment leads to people taking less time off work and school, meaning that companies can save money and children don’t miss out on education.

The Bexleyheath Salt Cave is run by Dung Hoang and his wife Oksana. It is principally run by Oksana and their daughter Lily.

They first considered buying the Salt Cave business two years ago, when their then-five-year-old son Danny developed a persistent chest complaint and nothing doctors did would shift it. The Thamesmead family have been working to bring the business to Bexleyheath ever since.

Dung said: “We are so pleased that our Salt Cave has worked so well for so many people. We get brilliant results with a range of problems including allergies, hay fever and asthma.”

Bexley Mayor Cllr Alan Downing was among those present when the cave opened in June. He said: “When I first heard of the therapy I was very interested but somewhat sceptical. However, this is not an alternative treatment to any condition but a complementary therapy which I hope may be able to help people’s suffering.”

Visit www.saltcave.co.uk or call 020 8166 4100.

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