The word "salt" does not refer only to sodium chloride, or table salt. Dead Sea salts are a form taken by many minerals. The Dead Sea has the largest concentration of mineral salts in the world. Since ancient times, soaking in the intense mineral baths or "salt" baths has been recognized for its rich therapeutic qualities.
Israeli dermatologist Dr. Zvi Even Paz studied the effect Dead Sea salt baths had on fifty psoriasis patients in 1989. Although it was long known that bathing in the Dead Sea would bring about temporary relief from this incurable condition, it was not know whether bathing in the Dead Sea salts anywhere would product the same results. For forty-seven of the fifty patients tested, significant relief was achieved.