A review of halotherapy for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Rachael Rashleigh, Sheree Smith, Nicola Roberts

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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a chronic, progressive disease and is treated with inhaled medication to optimize the patient’s lung health through decreasing their symptoms, especially breathlessness. Halotherapy is the inhalation of micronized dry salt within a chamber that mimics a salt cave environment. Recent media reports suggest that this therapy may help with the symptoms of COPD. The aim of this study was to critically evaluate and summarize the evidence for the use of halotherapy as a treatment for COPD.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberPMC3937102
Pages (from-to)239-246
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of COPD
Early online date21 Feb 2014
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2014


  • halotherapy
  • COPD
  • salt therapy
  • lung disease

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