Salt pipe may ease chronic upper respiratory problems including asthma
There are several natural approaches to relieve the symptoms of asthma and pollen allergies, one promising approach is utilizing the healing powers of dry salt inhalators.
There are records of improvements in the breathing of miners in Roman and medieval times. Dr Feliks Boczkowski — a physician at the Polish salt mine at Wieliczka — wrote in 1843 that the miners there did not suffer from lung diseases and his successor set up a spa based upon these observations. Modern use of this therapy started in Germany when Dr. Karl Hermann Spannagel noticed improvement in the health of his patients after they hid in the Kluterthöhle Karst cave to escape heavy bombing.
What is Speleotherapy?
Speleotherapy, the use of the climate of caves, is an accepted but not widely known therapeutic measure in the treatment of chronic obstructive airway diseases. The benefits of Speleotherapy are associated with the unique salt caves/mines micro-climate. Natural dry sodium chloride aerosol, formed by convective diffusion from salt walls, is the major curative factor of the salt caves/mines micro-climate. Other factors, such as a comfortable temperature and humidity regime and the hypo-bacterial and allergen-free air environment saturated with aero ions, enhance the therapeutic effect.
Instead of entering a salt mine, the benefits of salt may allegedly be reproduced by breathing through a pipe packed with salt crystals. Composition of the salt crystals used in the Hungarian Cisca SaltPipe – NaCl 98,7% CaSO4 0,1% MgCl2 0,028 %, CaCl2 0,13% Fe2O3 0,00056%, and in even smaller amounts: K, I, Br.
How does it work?
The main effects of salt on bronchial system are summarized as follow:
1. stimulate secretion
2. loosen and help eliminate viscous secretions
3. inhibit inflammation
4. reduce irritation causing cough
5. clean the mucous membrane of the kinocilium
6. contract (bronchoconstriction) or extend (dilation) the respiratory duct
What does research say?
– The effect of a dry salt inhaler in adults with COPD
– Chervinskaya A. V.: Halotherapy of Respiratory Diseases // Physiotherapy, balneology and rehabilitation, 2003, N6. – P. 8-15. (Rus) (pdf-en)