Inhaling has been a humble home remedy for patients who were suffering of cough or nasal congestion and it has not made big headlines in medical treatments.
Scientists from the University of Carolina and the University of Sidney have found, that there is more to old remedies than what meets the eye. In a collaborative study the researchers looked at 188 patients with cystic fibrosis (=CF) for a period of a year. The patients were given saltwater by aerosol to inhale. It turned out that this treatment keeps lung damage at bay. It appears to restore the very thin five to 10 micron layer of water that is missing from the lungs of CF patients, and it facilitates clearance of mucus . All it takes is a little water and ordinary NaCl (table salt). Patients must inhale this inexpensive saltwater solution for 10 to 15 minutes twice daily.
This treatment does not constitute a cure of CF, but it s definitely enhancing the treatment and control of this disease.
For more info on treatment of CF: http://nethealthbook.com/lung-disease/cystic-fibrosis-cf/treatment-cf/
Reference: National Review Of Medicine, January 30,2006, page 5
Last edited October 30, 2014