Salt caves

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my husband has copd and bronchiastas and is thinking of trying the salt caves as an addition to his prescribed medication (Mucadyne, symbicourt,ventolin, flutter valve etc). Does anyone have any experience of their effect?

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    Hello, I hadn't heard of this, but I like doing research so I've had a bit of a read up.

    There is conflicting information in that there has been no real research into this as a treatment, therefore at present it has no 'scientific' understanding or evidence. Therefore the majority of information Google offers up is 'negative press' of sorts. But ultimately nobody can disprove potential benefits.

    Salt caves have been in use for over 150 years after a Polish physician noted that workers in salt mines had fewer cases of chest infection and respiratory problems. And 150 years on, people are still using it, which probably has to say something in itself. Salt is a natural anti fungal and anti bacterial - a natural 'cleanser'.

    Some say it's only as effective as spending the same amount of time relaxing or meditating - but if it has benefits of any kind, it holds value in my mind.

    From the point of view of patients with COPD, and their families on this forum - I tried to copy and paste but my phone wasn't having, so I suggest that you search the whole of this site for 'salt caves for COPD'.

    I hope this is of some help.

    I too would be interested to hear your husbands experience if he tries it.

    Kind regards and *hugs*, hanb

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      Thank you for your help hanb. I have googled salt caves and they have positive reviews but of course you never know how "real" they are. I think we are going to try it anyway "nothing ventured , nothing gained" . I just didn't want to raise his hopes too much but I believe that, if nothing else , it is a very relaxing experience, so we shall give it a go.
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    You can also buy a salt pipe on the internet. It's not expensive and seems to help.
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    What are salt caves please?
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      Hi Jude, see hangs rely above re salt caves. A company has recreated artificial salt caves in various locations in the uk. The cost is £35 a session. They are said to be beneficial for respiratory problems so I thought we might give them a try as we are only 45mins from the nearest venue. I hope to get an appt. next week so will let you know my husbands opinion after we have been. Hope this explains. Thanks
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    I have COPD and after a bad chest infection last month was persuaded to try a "salt pipe.(by my daughter-in-law).  I am monitored on a daily basis and have been issued with a mobile phne, blood pressure kit and an oximeter by the local health authority (Somerest)  I checked with the monitoring team before ordering the salt pipe and their response was "It wont do any harm, and some patients have given positive results".

    Iv'e been using it for two weeks now so too early to report any improvement.  I use it for thirty minutes a day, easy as I read at same time.  It does make you thirsty though!

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      Thanks for your comment. He has just started using the salt pipe too. We will see how it goes. Good luck to you.
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