Halotherapy as asthma treatment in children
Just a fashion?
Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease that often requires continuous therapy with bronchodilatators and anti-inflammatory drugs by air. In order to remedy the frequent administration of drugs, more and more patients are turning to complementary and alternative therapies. Therapeutic options, especially in Eastern and Central Europe, are becoming increasingly popular, such as haloterapia (word derived from the Greek halo = salt and speleos = cave). Not many studies were published on this topic and, for this reason, a group of Israelian pneumologists started a pilot study whose preliminary results were published in May on Pediatric Pulmonology. Although no significant improvement in spirometry values was observed in case group, these reserchers have shown an improvement in the quality of life of children undergoing salt caves compared to a control group.
Obviously, further studies are needed to confirm these hypotheses and to use this type of complementary therapy in the management of moderate asthma.
Ref: “Halotherapy as Asthma Treatment in Children: A Randomized, Controlled, Prospective Pilot Study”, di Ronen Bar-Yoseph, Nir Kugelman, Galit Livnat, Michal Gur, Fahed Hakim, Vered Nir and Lea Bentur. Pediatric Pulmonology 2017, 52:580-587.