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Asthma is a major respiratory disease affecting millions. According to the CDC February 2016 statistics:

  • Number of adults who currently have asthma: 17.7 million

  • Percent of adults who currently have asthma: 7.4%

  • Number of children who currently have asthma: 6.3 million

  • Percent of children who currently have asthma: 8.6%

Although the respiratory system is essentially in good working order, the bronchi which are small tubes carrying air in and out of the lungs become inflamed and more sensitive than usual. The result is that when a person comes into contact with something that irritates the lungs, airways are narrowed and the muscles around tighten.  There is an increase in the production of sticky mucus (phlegm) and difficulty in breathing.

It is usually treated by prescription drugs and inhalers for immediate relief.


Salt Therapy or halotherapy can not only bring much-needed relief for persons suffering from asthma, but also prevent the frequent recurrence of symptoms.    This non-drug alternative respiratory treatment for asthma works by: 

  • Killing bacteria

  • Reducing inflammation of the airways

  • It reduces IgE levels, which means the immune system won’t over-react to asthma/allergy triggers.

There are a number of National Institute of Health and other scientific research studies that confirm halotherapy is an effective natural treatment for asthma.


Salt therapy treatment for asthma has been a preferred alternative treatment in Europe for nearly 200 years.  In Eastern Europe and Russia, it is known as speliotherapy with salt sanitariums established in caves.   Now this treatment is available at the Vermont Salt Cave Spa & Halotherapy Center instead of having to travel to the salt caves of Europe.  Here you will find the simulated micro-climate of these caves through the use of a halogenerator which is certified as medical equipment in Poland. known as 

Salt Therapy for Asthma
Salt Therapy for children with asthma

According to one of the leading researchers in the world in the field of halotherapy, Prof. Alina V. Chervinskaya, M.D., Ph.D, halotherapy in pediatrics "is most commonly used for treatment and rehabilitation of kids with asthma (efficiency 75%-85%)."   She further notes that "high efficiency is also achieved in the tretment of kids with recurrent bronchitis, especially in cases of obstructive forms. Therapeutic impact of halotherapy enables to significantly reduce the prescription of antibacterial agents that helps prevention of dysbacteriosis and allergic reactions with kids."

The Vermont Salt Cave Spa and Halotherapy Center has a children's corner.  The following protocols apply.

  • Children 12 and under must have an adult guardian present at all times while in the salt spa.

  • Each adult guardian must fill out an intake form.

  • Foot coverings must be worn by each person in the salt room, with the exception of infants.

  • Beach toys are provided for the enjoyment of the children.

  • Please clean up toys at the end of your session.

  • Parent or supervisory person must be in plain view of the child and ensure that the rules are followed so that all in the cave can enjoy their session.

Please call to confirm the dates and times for children's asthma sessions.

Alternative & Integrative Medicine for Asthma - Dr. Joseph Sciabbarrasi
Scientific Research on Halotherapy as a treatment for Asthma.

Pediatr Pulmonol. 2017 May;52(5):580-587. doi: 10.1002/ppul.23621. Epub 2016 Oct 10.

Halotherapy as asthma treatment in children: A randomized, controlled, prospective pilot study.

J Med Life. 2014;7 Spec No. 2:83-7.

Surveys on therapeutic effects of "halotherapy chamber with artificial salt mine environment" on patient with certain chronic allergenic respiratory pathologies and infrections inflammation pathologies

Orv Hetil. 2015 Oct 11;156(41):1643-52. doi: 10.1556/650.2015.30267.

Theoretical basis and clinical benefits of dry salt inhalation therapy.

Vopr Kurortol Fizioter Lech Fiz Kult. 1997 Jul-Aug;(4):19-21.

The use of an artificial microclimate chamber in the treatment of patients with chronic obstructive lung disease.

Allergy. 2006 May;61(5):605-10.

The effect of salt chamber treatment on bronchial hyperreponsieness in asthmatics.

Eur Respir J, 1996, 9, 725–732 DOI: 10.1183/09031936.96.09040725

Inhalation of hypertonic saline aerosol enhances mucociliary clearance in asthmatic and healthy subjects

Pediatr Pulmonol. 2016 Oct 10. doi: 10.1002/ppul.23621.

Halotherapy as asthma treatment in children: A randomized, controlled, prospective pilot study.


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