Much clinical research has been undertaken to test and report on the efficacy of both Speleotherapy and Halotherapy since Polish doctor Felix Boczkowski first published his findings in 1843. Most of the research has been carried out in Europe, where Salt Therapy has grown steadily in popularity for over 150 years. Many of the clinical trials thus far have focused on the use of Speleotherapy as a treatment for asthma, chronic bronchitis, a range of respiratory conditions and potentially against systemic diseases. Clinical studies have also been published in the New England Journal of Medicine (2006) demonstrating that the inhalation of saline produces sustained mucus clearance and improved lung function in patients with Cystic Fibrosis.

In 1995 the Journal of Aerosol Medicine reported significant improvements in patients with various types of respiratory diseases (bronchial asthma, chronic obstructive and non-obstructive bronchitis, bronchiectasis, cystic fibrosis) who were treated with halotherapy in a placebo-controlled clinical trial.

 

PUBMED Studies

Chervinskaya AV, Zilber NA. Halotherapy for treatment of respiratory diseases J Aerosol Med. 1995 Fall;8(3):221-32. Complete study is available PMID: 10161255 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

Gorbenko PP, Adamova IV, Sinitsyna TM. [Bronchial hyperreactivity to the inhalation of hypo- and hyperosmolar aerosols and its correction by halotherapy] Ter Arkh. 1996; 68(8):24-8. Russian. Abstract is available PMID: 9019826 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

Halotherapy as asthma treatment in children: A randomized, controlled, prospective pilot study. RESULTS: Twenty-nine patients were randomized to the salt room with halogenerator (treatment group), and 26 patients to the salt room without salt halogenerator (control group). A statistically significant improvement in BHR was demonstrated in the treatment group, which remained unchanged in the control group.

Grinshtein IuI, Shestovitskii VA, Kuligina-Maksimova AV. [Clinical significance of cytological characteristics of bronchial inflammation in obstructive pulmonary diseases] Ter Arkh. 2004; 76(3):36-9. Russian. Abstract is available PMID: 15108456 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

Grigor’eva NV. [Halotherapy in combined non-puncture therapy of patients with acute purulent maxillary sinusitis] Vestn Otorinolaringol. 2003;(4):42-4. Russian. Abstract is available PMID: 13677023 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

Abdrakhmanova LM, Farkhutdinov UR, Farkhutdinov RR. [Effectiveness of halotherapy of chronic bronchitis patients] Vopr Kurortol Fizioter Lech Fiz Kult. 2000 Nov-Dec ;( 6):21-4. Russian. Abstract is available PMID: 11197648 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

Maev EZ, Vinogradov NV. [Halotherapy in the combined treatment of chronic bronchitis patients] Voen Med Zh. 1999 Jun; 320(6):34-7, 96. Russian. Abstract is available PMID: 10439712 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

Chernenkov RA, Chernenkova EA, Zhukov GV. [The use of an artificial microclimate chamber in the treatment of patients with chronic obstructive lung diseases] Vopr Kurortol Fizioter Lech Fiz Kult. 1997 Jul-Aug ;( 4):19-21. Russian. Abstract is available PMID: 9424823 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

Chervinskaia AV. [The scientific validation and outlook for the practical use of halo-aerosol therapy] Vopr Kurortol Fizioter Lech Fiz Kult. 2000 Jan-Feb ;( 1):21-4. Review. Russian. Abstract is available PMID: 11094875 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

Farkhutdinov UR, Abdrakhmanova LM, Farkhutdinov RR. [Effects of halotherapy on free radical oxidation in patients with chronic bronchitis] Klin Med (Moscow). 2000;78(12):37-40. Russian. Abstract is available PMID: 11210350 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

Borisenko LV, Chervinskaia AV, Stepanova NG, Lukian VS, Goncharova VA, Pokhodzei IV, Krivitskaia VZ, Vishniakova LA, Pokhaznikova MA, Faustova ME, et al. Maliavin AG, Filiaeva IuA, Umakhanova MM, Chervinskaia AV
[The use of halotherapy for the rehabilitation of patients with acute bronchitis and a protracted and recurrent course]
Vopr Kurortol Fizioter Lech Fiz Kult. 1995 Jan-Feb ;( 1):11-5. Russian.
Abstract is available
PMID: 7785211 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

Roslaia NA, Likhacheva EI, Shchekoldin PI. [Efficacy of therapeutic use of ultrasound and sinusoidal modulated currents combed with halotherapy in patient with occupational toxic-dust bronchitis] Vopr Kurortol Fizioter Lech Fiz Kult. 2001 Jan-Feb ;( 1):26-7. Russian. Abstract is available PMID: 11530404 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

Maliavin AG, Filiaeva IuA, Umakhanova MM, Chervinskaia AV. [Halotherapy-a new treatment of bacterial vaginosis] Vopr Kurortol Fizioter Lech Fiz Kult. 2004 May-Jun ;( 3):35-7. Russian. Abstract is available PMID: 15216790 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE

 

LIST OF STUDIES

European Respiratory Journal: Inhalation of hypertonic saline aerosol enhances mucociliary clearance in asthmatic and healthy subjects

Pediatric Allergy and Immunology UK: Hypersaline nasal irrigation in children with symptomatic seasonal allergic rhinitis

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