No credible evidence that ‘Salt rooms’ help, but they may hurt asthma sufferers

Asthma sufferers warned against using ‘salt rooms’ – The Canberra Times.

People with asthma and similar respiratory conditions are being warned against using an increasingly popular alternative therapy conducted in ”salt rooms”.

People undergoing salt therapy inhale a dry aerosol solution to assist in the treatment of conditions such as asthma, bronchitis and eczema.

Salt room operators say the practice is safe and effective and has become increasingly popular in recent months thanks to publicity on commercial TV current affairs programs.

But a review of international and national practice guidelines and research conducted by Asthma Australia found that there there was no credible evidence to support the treatment.

A respiratory physician and chair of the Asthma Australia medical advisory committee, Simon Bowler, said he would advise asthma sufferers against undergoing salt treatment.

”If somebody inhaled significant concentrations of a salt solution it could actually bring on an asthma attack,” Dr Bowler said.

Credit: @JoBenhamu via Twitter

A local skeptic group in Pennsylvania questioned the opening of a “salt cave” and had a heated discussion with a pro-salt practitioner, here. That was enlightening. There was no science behind this. The proponents use a laundry list of logical fallacies to support these kinds of treatment. It’s nice that this newspaper pointed out the flaws as well.

The things people spend their money on… You know, they used to tout radioactive cures too.