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Salt Therapy and COPD

18 Sep 2015
| Under COPD, Lung Disease, Treatments | Posted by | 34 Comments
Salt Therapy and COPD

Salt Therapy can Help Ease COPD Symptoms

Some people have found salt therapy to be an effective option for relieving symptoms of lung disease, resulting in easier breathing. Different treatments have proven to be successful for different patients. Perhaps salt therapy is the right option for you.

What is COPD?

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a debilitating and degenerative lung disease characterized by the restriction of airflow in and out of the lungs. COPD is the umbrella term for emphysema and/or chronic bronchitis. While research is inconclusive regarding salt therapy and COPD, many COPD sufferers report positive results from salt therapy (halotherapy).

History of Salt Therapy for COPD

Historically, lung disease sufferers in Central Europe entered underground salt mines to relieve their breathing problems. Since those earliest experiments with salt therapy for COPD symptoms, several studies have been conducted to evaluate how salt affects lung function.

A recent study of 35 COPD patients using a dry salt inhaler revealed significant improvement in the six-minute walk test and demonstrated an improvement in quality of life, as reported on the Saint George Respiratory Questionnaire. The study concluded that, while there don’t seem to be adverse effects to using a salt inhaler, further studies are warranted to exclude a placebo effect.

Several clinical trials have revealed the benefits of salt therapy for:

  • 85 percent of mild and moderate asthma cases
  • 75 percent of severe asthma cases
  • 97 percent of chronic bronchitis, bronchiectasis and cystic fibrosis cases

The Salt Cave, a clinic in the United Kingdom, specializes in salt therapy. One client with COPD reports a much better quality of life following salt therapy.

“The Salt Cave changed my life. Before my first visit I was on lots of antibiotics and steroids, basically confined to my house, and I hated to be around people as my breathing was so noisy. However, this has now changed thanks to Salt Therapy. The Salt Cave lets me live again and manage my illness in a way that means I can enjoy life again. When I walk out of The Salt Cave I feel high on life. I call it my heaven on earth.”

How Does it Work?

Salt therapy proponents claim that salt cleanses the respiratory system and speeds up the elimination of toxins. Salt has the following properties:

  • Antibacterial
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Loosens excessive mucus and speeds up mucociliary transport
  • Removes pathogens (ie., airborne pollen)
  • Reduces IgE level (immune system oversensitivity)

Salt particles penetrate deep into the lungs to treat damaged tissue. Sometimes symptoms subside for up to 12 months following salt therapy.

For those who suffer from COPD, traditional drug and supplemental oxygen treatments, or a lung transplant, may not suffice. Many COPD sufferers experience positive results following salt therapy.

Cell therapy offers another alternative to traditional treatment options for COPD. The Lung Institute uses a patient’s own cells to accelerate the body’s natural healing process. If you or a loved one suffers from COPD, the Lung Institute might be able to help. Contact one of our patient coordinators today by calling (800) 729-3065.

34 Comments

  1. PB

    2 days ago

    Dear Beverly,

    We’re glad to hear that you found something helpful for you, and we’re glad to hear that you’re not having so many infections. Remember to always talk with your doctor about trying new or different products before using them. That way your doctor can monitor how you’re doing with all medications and products you’re using. Thanks for sharing some of your story with us, and we wish you the best.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  2. beverly chamberlin

    3 days ago

    After months and months and months of severe lung congestion and infection caused by acid reflux caused by my asthma inhalers like symbicort and albuterol…………I ran across this salt therapy pipe product through research. I went from coughing up infection so much I had to go to rehab for my neck to seldom coughing and no infection. It even cleared up my sinus infection. ……..it is simple, it is natural , it cost $20 and it has given me my life back. I went to 6 doctors including the ER and none of them had a clue that my meds were at the root of what was making me sick. I spent every day for months praying to God to show me the way to heal myself……………….

  3. PB

    3 months ago

    Dear Lynnie,

    Thanks for your comment and for sharing some of your story with us. We wish you the best.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  4. LynnieC

    3 months ago

    I have bronchitis and sinus infections every other month, and the steroids and medicines make me so sick. I bought a Himalayan salt inhaler, and within the first 24 hours, my cough was gone, I could take deeper breaths in, my sinus cleared, and I feel better. I even have my husband using it at night because he snores, and if he does this a half hour before bed, it takes the inflammation away in his throat and he doesn’t snore. I am staying with this, and thinking why didn’t I do this years ago!

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  6. PB

    3 months ago

    Dear Joan,

    Thanks for sharing some of your story with us. We’re glad to hear that you have found some relief. Remember that it’s important to continue to have regular check-ups with your doctor so that he or she can continue to monitor your lungs and your overall health. Thanks again for sharing your good news with us.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  7. JOan AYton

    4 months ago

    I decided to try a Dry Salt Inhaler because I had to have Antibiotics around every 8 weeks because iof infections with Bronchiectasis. WIthin 2 weeks coughing had improved and after 4 months I have never had another infection.I have been using it every day for 20 minutes for the last 3years and have not seen my specialist for 2 years Buy them online from the US and they ship to Australia….Has been a life saver for me.

  8. PB

    4 months ago

    Dear Karen,

    Thanks for your comment. We’re glad to hear you have found some relief. We’re not aware of an known harm, but it’s best to ask this question to your doctor. Because your doctor knows you, your health situation and your treatment plan well, he or she will be able to best guide you on the risks and benefits of using the steam method. We wish you the best.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  9. Karen

    4 months ago

    I have been using a salt inhaler for a few months and seeing some really positive results. I also occasionally get relief from sinusitis by doing a steam inhalation of eucalyptus essential oil. While doing one of these steams, I also thought to add roughly a teaspoon of my pink salt to the water and it was fantastic! It opened everything, I had full lung capacity, my sinuses began to drain and I could clear my lungs of mucous easily throughout the day! I tried searching for the method I used online and couldn’t find anything, just the dry inhalation method. Is there any known harm in doing this with steam, I sure hope not since it worked so very well and I hope to be able to continue! Thanks!

  10. PB

    5 months ago

    Dear Bela,

    Thanks for your question. Because your doctor knows you and your health situation well, it’s important to discuss your questions and concerns about breathing, yawning and shortness of breath with your doctor. You can also discuss questions about alternative treatments, such as salt therapy. You and your doctor can work together to develop the best treatment plan for you.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  11. bela

    5 months ago

    I have a problem with over breathing and excessive yawning causing me to have problems with breathing or shortness of breath. It happens every few months. Could you tell me if salt therapy would help me?

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  13. PB

    6 months ago

    Dear Helen,

    Thank you for your question. We’re sorry to hear that your husband is going through such a difficult time with bronchiectasis. Because your husband’s doctor knows him and his health situation very well, we recommend discussing the use of salt therapy with your husband’s doctor. Chronic lung diseases affect everyone differently, so asking your husband’s doctor before trying something new or before changing his current treatment plan is important. We wish you and your husband the best.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  14. Helen

    6 months ago

    My husband suffers from bronchiectasis. Would the inhaler salt therapy be advisable for him to use. Thank you.

  15. PB

    9 months ago

    Hello Nina,

    To find more information about salt mines close to you, try searching for salt mines near you in WV. You can narrow your search more based on your specific location so that you can find the closest salt mines to you. Here’s the search we did.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  16. Nina farmer

    9 months ago

    Please email me the closest salt mine near me I live in Wv please send me information on any .Thank you

  17. Cameron Kennerly

    10 months ago

    Hello Tammy,

    Thanks for your comment! In response to your question, yes, there is a study available on the efficacy of salt therapy here that should be helpful.

    Hope this helps,

    -The Lung Institute

  18. Tammy Shaver

    10 months ago

    Are there any studies for salt therapy and bronchiectasis? From what I’ve read, it seems it would benefit that patient also.

  19. sh

    1 year ago

    Hello, John.
    Unfortunately, because of the way cystic fibrosis affects various organs in the body, the Lung Institute does not currently treat that condition.
    We wish you and your daughter the best.

    Steve

  20. John Mann

    1 year ago

    How does it work with cystic fibrosis. 10 yr old daughter on oxygen and having problems getting ” Co”out of her lungs? Could this help us?
    Nervous dad

  21. Isabella

    1 year ago

    Hi every one, this was forwarded to me by a client of ours that uses our Salt Inhaler, made in the USA and comes to our Salt room in Skokie, IL who also has been doing the stem therapy with good success. I am glad to see this and know that our salt inhalers have helped many clients over 11 years of business. If anyone is interested in using a made in USA salt inhaler filled with pure fair trade Himalayan salt, please visit our website. Or if your in the Skokie, IL area, come by for a free Salt room visit. We also have a podcast and videos on our website re salt inhalers.
    Here is the link :http://www.sowellmade.com/videos/
    and to purchase our inhaler: http://www.sowellmade.com/product-category/salt-therapy/
    Hope this helps

  22. Maren Auxier

    1 year ago

    Hi Joe,

    Yes, there are salt therapy inhalers. I would recommend checking with your primary care physician before using a salt inhaler.

    Thanks,

    Maren

  23. Maren Auxier

    1 year ago

    Hi Ed,

    There are several different privately owned companies that provide various salt therapy options. I would recommend doing a Google search to see what options are available to you in your area.

    Thanks,

    Maren

  24. Ed ponton

    1 year ago

    Where can I find this in the usa

  25. Joe Mauceri

    1 year ago

    I would assume the salt being used for salt therapy is very fine if used in a
    inhaler. Does anyone know if there is an inhaler for salt therapy?

  26. Pixie

    1 year ago

    Salt therapy sounds interesting but I would be afraid to try it. anytime I use salt as a delivery system my body swells up like a balloon. So I would be afraid to try it.

  27. David Ebner

    1 year ago

    B,

    There are hundreds of locations that offer salt therapy here in the U.S. Do a general search for them in your area, and you will likely find one within driving distance. As with any treatment, make sure to consult your physician before trying anything new. If you find a location near you and try it out, please let us know how it goes!

    Thank for the comment,

    David

  28. David Ebner

    1 year ago

    Diane,

    There are hundreds of locations nationwide that offer such therapies. Many of which are located in what were once slat mines. We suggest doing a general search for “salt therapy” in your area to find out more. Also, make sure to speak with you physician prior to trying salt therapy.

    Thanks for your comment,

    David

  29. David Ebner

    1 year ago

    Harold,

    There seems to be a few salt therapy locations on the Maryland side of the greater D.C. area. As far as other delivery methods, we recommend asking your primary care physician or pulmonologist for advice. Given that each condition varies greatly, it is difficult to recommend a specific delivery method or therapy. Your physician will likely have more detailed advice, or be able to point you in a good direction.

    Thanks for the comments,

    David

  30. b

    1 year ago

    Are there any salt therapy meathods here on the us

  31. Harold Kniceley

    1 year ago

    I would like to know if there is a delivery method for the salt therapy other than going into a salt mine, for instance inhalers? I live on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and have no salt mines readily available to me.

  32. diane kelley

    1 year ago

    where can this be found in the usa

  33. Maren Auxier

    1 year ago

    Hi Marylark,

    Thanks for your comment. Please check with your primary care physician or pulmonologist to help you decide if salt therapy is a good option to try for your condition. They should be able to make some good recommendations for you.

    Thanks,

    Maren

  34. Marylark Box

    1 year ago

    Can you tell me how to use salt therapy ?? There is no salt cave in Rochester NY. What do I need to do the salt therapy ??

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