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ask: I am writing for a friend who has severe emphysema Would the salt therapy help her?

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I am writing for a friend who has severe emphysema and who lives in Young, NSW. Would the salt therapy help her? And where would she buy the inhaler? She is currently on home oxygen six hours plus, daily, but is still finding it difficult to move about. Please provide a contact phone number so we can follow this up, we both live out in the country with limited resources. With thanks,
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Susan Cody HERWriter Guide

Hi and thank you so much for your question!

We had to delete your personal details. EmpowHER does not allow personal details, especially home addresses or phone number on our boards to ensure maximum privacy. Our site is viewed by millions every months and posting such information is not safe. Thanks for your understanding!

Thanks for writing for your friend- you're great to look out for her. Emphysema is a terrible to condition to live with and can be quite frightening at times.

From what I have read about salt therapy is that there are more and more people with breathing, skin and other conditions partaking in this kind of therapy and who really believe in it. There is no data to back up any claims that new "salt rooms" or "salt caves" (where people sit) work, but since it's a fairly new technique, that could be because no long term studies have been completed. Salt therapy has gone back thousands of years as I am sure you know and this should give it plenty of merit. Salt has long been known to help with respiratory health problems and was even one of the world's first currencies!   But just bear in mind that from a medical point of view, some do not believe it has the therapeutic properties that it's proponents claim. I only say this to give a balanced view.

Salt therapy inhalers can be bought anywhere online - from Amazon.com to many other online retailers. There are also salt lamps available. So you do not need to be near a city.

However, I would advise your friend to talk to her doctor first and get a recommendation as to what she should be looking for. She should not simply buy a "salt inhaler" online without knowing what would work for her and what may not, or which ones come from a reputable company, especially since her condition is so severe. Have her call her doctor first.

I hope this helps and thanks for being such a good friend. We wish you both the best of health,

~Susan

January 18, 2012 - 10:58am
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