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Salt Therapy and COPD

18 Sep 2015
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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.

53 Comments

  1. Phoebe

    5 months ago

    Hi Ann,

    We recommend talking with your doctor or cardiologist about these questions before trying any other types of treatment. Because your doctor knows you, the medications you take and your health situation well, he or she will be able to answer your questions and best guide you.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  2. Ann molhook

    5 months ago

    Are salt inhalers okay to use if you have ARTERIAL FIBRILLATION and using MEDICATIONS like DIgOxin and amiodarone?

  3. Phoebe

    5 months ago

    Dear Deborah,

    First and foremost, we’re sorry to hear about the challenges you are having after visiting the salt cave. Before trying any new kind of treatment (such as the salt inhaler), it’s very important to talk with your doctor. Even though you have already seen your doctor about your most recent flare-up, we recommend calling your doctor again and setting up another appointment since your symptoms aren’t clearing up. Your doctor would want to know that you aren’t feeling well and that you are having increased sarcoidosis symptoms, so your doctor can re-evaluate what to do to help you feel better. We hope you feel better soon, and we wish you the best.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  4. Deborah

    5 months ago

    Hi. I have sarcoiDosis. I went to a Man made salt cave in Denver, CO last Wednesday. I was suffering from a very dry cough. Since then, it seemS liKe i am having a harder time breathing and ow i am coughing up clear mucus. Is this normal? I bought a salt inhaler but nOt sure if i should use it. I told my doctor about the salt cave. She listened to my lungs and said that i was moving air through my lungs. Why do i feel so bad?

  5. David Larson

    6 months ago

    I have been suffering with excessive mucus production due to COPD and typically wake up a few times a night coughing up clear mucus. Very bothersome and I didn’t sleep well until I bought a Himalayan salt lamp. I was extremely skeptical that anything would help because I’ve tried so many homeopathic remedies with herbs, turmeric and ginger etc. With no noticeable difference. I put the lamp in my living room and the next morning when I woke up I realized I had slept straight through 4 over 6 hours without waking up once to cough up mucus. I got the best night’s sleep in a long time and I no longer find myself gagging and choking and coughing up mucus throughout the night at all. It’s like I was cured. Don’t get me wrong I can still get short of breath from vigorous exercise but I no longer have to suffer with the coughing up clear mucus constantly throughout the night. A major relief. I wish I had known about Himalayan salt lamps sooner. It’s too bad Western doctors aren’t more aware of these types of truly effective simple remedies. This is much better than taking prednisone or Symbicort or any other medication.

  6. Janer

    7 months ago

    PPS Wouldn’t breathing in seaside salt air be as advantageous as a salt cave?

  7. Janer

    7 months ago

    Sorry about the caps. – keyboard problem. Save for the resultant temporary hand-swelling, I find that I breathe better after eating lightly salted cashews. (They aren’t so “lightly” salted. PS Not keyboard problem at all…comment block problem.

  8. M R

    9 months ago

    Hello Patrick,
    Thank you for your question. Walking on a treadmill in general is easier than walking on the sidewalk. The surface is moving and your feet don’t have to “grip” like it would on a static surface. Shopping and taking the trash out is using more than just your legs at one time and requires multiple other muscle groups so the exertion is greater.

    If you have any other questions, please give us a call at (855) 313-1149. Thanks again and have a great day.

  9. Patrick cook

    9 months ago

    I am a 57 year old male on medical retirement for copd, diagnosed copd in 2012, at stage 4 right now, I am on symbicort,,rescue inhaler, nublizers as well, I use my tread mill at 2miles an hour for 20min, while on treadmil I monitor my o2 blood level which fluctuates between 85 and 93 %, even though the treadmill is quite the workout I still manage to be able to do it, my question is why do I get extremely out of breath doing simple things, like take the trash out, go grocery shopping when I can do the treadmill without having near the problems as I do. with everyday simple task, I am not on oxygen just yet, thank you

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  15. PB

    10 months ago

    Dear Pamela,

    Thanks for your comment. First and foremost, we’re sorry to hear about the challenges you have been facing with COPD and pneumonia. We recommend talking with your doctor about salt therapy and salt inhalers before trying them. Because your doctor knows you and your health situation well, he or she will be able to best guide you. Remember to also discuss any new or changing symptoms with your doctor as well.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  16. pamela candiliere

    10 months ago

    I live in Junction city, Or. I am interested in finding a salt inhaler in my area. Was in hospital for 10 days with COPD exacerbation then pneumonia set in. A lot of antibiotics and steroids that helped very little. thank you, am now coughing streaks of blood. Will appreciate you feed back.

  17. PB

    10 months ago

    Dear Charlotte,

    Thanks for your comment and question. We’re aren’t aware of places in Ontario, Canada that offer salt therapy. However, after a quick search on Google, we came across a few salt therapy pages in Ontario that might be helpful for you. To see the Google search results, click here. After doing your research on salt therapy available in Ontario, we recommend talking with your doctor about the risks and benefits of salt therapy for you before trying it. Because your doctor knows you and your health situation well, he or she will be able to best guide you. We hope this information is helpful for you, and we wish you the best.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  18. Charlotte

    10 months ago

    Is there salt therapy offered in Ontario Canada? I am suffering with COPD and not having much luck with meds that are prescribed to me. I long to breathe easier.
    Thank you.

    Charlotte

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  20. PB

    11 months 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

  21. beverly chamberlin

    11 months 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……………….

  22. PB

    1 year 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

  23. LynnieC

    1 year 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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  25. PB

    1 year 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

  26. JOan AYton

    1 year 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.

  27. PB

    1 year 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

  28. Karen

    1 year 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!

  29. PB

    1 year 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

  30. bela

    1 year 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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  32. PB

    1 year 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

  33. Helen

    1 year ago

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

  34. PB

    2 years 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

  35. Nina farmer

    2 years ago

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

  36. Cameron Kennerly

    2 years 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

  37. Tammy Shaver

    2 years ago

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

  38. sh

    2 years 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

  39. John Mann

    2 years 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

  40. Isabella

    2 years 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

  41. Maren Auxier

    2 years 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

  42. Maren Auxier

    2 years 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

  43. Ed ponton

    2 years ago

    Where can I find this in the usa

  44. Joe Mauceri

    2 years 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?

  45. Pixie

    2 years 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.

  46. David Ebner

    2 years 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

  47. David Ebner

    2 years 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

  48. David Ebner

    2 years 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

  49. b

    2 years ago

    Are there any salt therapy meathods here on the us

  50. Harold Kniceley

    2 years 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.

  51. diane kelley

    2 years ago

    where can this be found in the usa

  52. Maren Auxier

    2 years 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

  53. Marylark Box

    2 years 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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