Research Spotlight

The databases often return hundreds of medical studies for a single wellness approach. This section summarizes a sampling of five studies – providing just a taste of the available research. These Spotlights were not selected because they are the most favorable or the most recent, but to provide you an introduction to the more extensive research you’ll uncover searching the four databases found in the “Research” section of this site.

  • Halotherapy Improved Bronchial Constriction in Asthmatic Children
    A small pilot study (2017) from Israeli medical researchers found halotherapy was associated with notable improvements in bronchial constriction in response to a stressor in children with asthma.
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  • Halotherapy Triggered Anti-Inflammatory Agents for Patients with Chronic Bronchial Conditions
    A small 2014 study tested patients with chronic bronchial conditions and found that halotherapy triggered anti-inflammatory agents in the body that lowered the trend of the inflammatory process and stimulated phagocytosis, a process in which cells called phagocytes engulf bacterial or viral particles to destroy them. They concluded that the more time a patient spends in halotherapy treatment, the better the results will be.
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  • Inconclusive Evidence for Halotherapy’s Impact on COPD Symptoms
    A 2014 meta-review of 151 studies by Imperial College-London and the Univ. of W. Sydney on the effects of halotherapy on the respiratory function and quality of life for patients with COPD found that the results were inconclusive because the majority of the studies were flawed and only one randomized controlled trial met the inclusion criteria.
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  • Inhaling Salt-Infused Vapor Improved Breathing in Cystic Fibrosis Patients
    A small 2006 study in the New England Journal of Medicine found that for cystic fibrosis patients, inhalation of a salt-infused vapor significantly improved lung function and produced a sustained acceleration of mucus clearance.
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  • Regular Halotherapy Helped Asthma Patients Breathe Easier
    A small 2006 study from Finnish medical researchers found that several weeks of halotherapy treatments in a salt chamber led to significantly reduced bronchial hyperresponsiveness–and better breathing flow–for asthmatic patients.
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