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Aug 3, 2010 10:29 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Overseas asthma treatment: Salt mines

Salt is becoming big business as an experimental treatment for asthma patients in Pakistan.

A centuries-old salt mine in Pakistan is attracting patients who are lining up to try its converted underground caverns. People from as far away as Dubai and Saudi Arabia come to the mine for treatment. There are six rooms separated with salt bricks lit by lamps.

The walls and roof are made from pure salt. Temperature and humidity are made constant to produce a "micro-climate." The clinic claims asthma patients and sufferers of other respiratory illnesses benefit from inhaling antibacterial salt particles that help to clear lung passages.

Dr. Ikhlaq Hussain Bokari, of the Khewra Clinic said, "Number one is the ionization of salt, sodium ions and chloride ions. This environment in the air is fully saturated with these ions, naturally."

But there have been few clinical studies to support the claims. The clinic restricts therapy to patients whose asthma is triggered by allergies.

In the UK, artificial salt rooms are causing concern. Medical researchers there advise more clinical studies before salt rooms are accepted as therapy.

If you are suffering from asthma, contact Colorado Springs Allergy and Asthma Clinic for proper treatment to control your symptoms.



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