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If you’re into natural health remedies, it’s likely you’ve already heard of Himalayan salt lamps.
These are the orange or pink-colored chunks of salt with soft, ambient lights placed inside that are said to change the ions in the air, giving you a healthier environment as a result.
But do they provide any real benefits to people with lung diseases like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)?
Some Health Experts Say Yes
Dr. Axe, one of the most followed and most trusted medical professionals online, indicates that research has found that salt lamps provide four distinct benefits.
- Cleaner air, as the salt-based lamps attract water vapors and the pollutants within them, ultimately holding the pollutants and releasing the water back into the air.
- Reduced exposure to electromagnetic radiation from electronics like cell phones and computers because the salt lamp’s negative ions essentially cancel out the positive ions released by these devices.
- Fewer asthma and allergy symptoms, which is why many medical companies are now using this type of salt in their inhalers.
- Lower anxiety and better sleep, two of the more indirect effects that can ultimately improve a COPD sufferer’s quality of life.
Though these can all provide a positive impact, not all health experts are so optimistic that salt lamps have the power to improve medical conditions like COPD.
Some Professionals Are Less Optimistic
One of these professionals is Helen West, RD.
West says that, though salt lamps are suggested to improve the quality of the air by removing pathogens in it, research has not entirely backed this claim. Therefore, these chunks of salt may not be as beneficial to those with respiratory issues as many may think.
That being said, West does believe that salt lamps aren’t entirely unhelpful as they may help increase relaxation and improve sleep, both of which could potentially help with COPD since tension and lack of sleep can make it harder to effectively deal with this particular lung-based issue.
Tips for Buying a Real Salt Lamp
Though they don’t agree on the extent of help a Himalayan salt lamp provides, if you decide to try one in an effort to help you achieve higher levels of health, you want to make sure the one you buy is real and not a fake. How can you tell?
Natural Living Ideas says to look for these qualities:
- A lamp that emits a dull light versus a bright one, and it should also be uneven due to the different minerals within it.
- An orange or pinkish hue (though white Himalayan salts exist, they’re often a lot more expensive).
- A manufacturer with a good return policy as suppliers of fake salts typically won’t let you easily return them.
Additionally, if you purchase a Himalayan salt lamp and notice that it doesn’t sweat, that it is fairly durable, or have not noticed any real health benefits, Natural Living Ideas indicates that it is possible that it isn’t real.
If you or a loved one suffers from a chronic disease like COPD, emphysema, pulmonary fibrosis or other symptoms of lung disease, the Lung Institute offers a variety of cellular treatment options. Contact us today at (800) 729-3065 or fill out the form to see if you qualify for cellular therapy, and find out what cellular therapy could mean for you.
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