Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a term used to describe a number of lung conditions that are long-term, gradually worsen, and cause shortness of breath by reducing the normal flow of air through the airways.  The most common are emphysema, chronic bronchitis and chronic asthma.  Each of these conditions can occur on its own, although many people have a combination of conditions.

In Australia, up to 1 in 5 people over 40 years old are believed to be affected by COPD, and it is currently the fourth most common cause of death in men and sixth most common in women.

Note: COPD was previously known as COLD (Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease), COAD (Chronic Obstructive Airways Disease) or CAL (Chronic Airflow Limitation).

COPD is most commonly caused by long term tobacco smoking. Chronic bronchitis causes an inflammation of the lining of the lungs and excessive sputum production and emphysema causes the inflammation and destruction of the lining of the alveoli in the lungs.

What are the Symptoms of COPD?

As most cases of COPD are the direct result of tobacco smoking, the disease is gradual and symptoms build up over time. There are a number of common symptoms which are associated with COPD:

  • Chronic cough with increased sputum production – also known as smokers’ cough. 
  • Shortness of breath or dyspnea – a tightness of the chest often described by suffers of COPD as “My breathing requires effort” or “ I can’t seem to get enough air in.”
  • Wheezing
  • Breathing out – taking a longer time than breathing in 

As COPD becomes more severe, breathlessness can worsen to a point where everyday tasks, such as hanging out the washing or showering become difficult.

How Salt Therapy helps people with COPD

As a result of the Salt Therapy treatment process, the overwhelming majority of patients with different forms of chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (COPD) demonstrate positive changes to their symptoms including:

  • Decrease in cough frequency and intensity
  • Easier expectoration of sputum
  • Changes to sputum which becomes less viscous

Inhalation of salt aerosol is clinically proven to cleanse the respiratory system of the human body and to speed up the elimination of toxins. The size of the particles is the same as in natural Salt Caves — 1-5 μm. These so-called breathable particles penetrate into the bronchial tree in the form of finest crystals. Dry saline aerosol works as a “bronchial brush” for the airways.

Dry salt aerosol has been shown to have bactericidal properties, cleansing microbial flora of the respiratory tract and increasing resistance to respiratory tract infections. Salt aerosol is a recognised decongestant, reduces inflammation resulting in a widening of the airways enabling the restoration the body’s mucociliary clearance of the bronchi and bronchioles, leading to rapid elimination of residual tar and foreign allergens. 

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