groovey is right! We live in the US and our daughter has been successfully using the halite salt pipe from the Miocene Mines for 8 months now. She WAS a chronic asthmatic and now for the first time since she was 2 years old, her asthma is held at bay with only 20 minutes a day of inhalation dry salt therapy. Her need for heavy meds, i.e. albuterol, steroids, etc. has been reduced by up to 85% or more. On the occasions when she does need albuterol from time to time for a persistant wheeze, the salt pipe prolongs and makes the medication more effective than prior to using it. It works well with or without meds because it is all natural.
For the sceptical and scientific side that pushed us to investigate more of why and how the salt pipe works, we've learned that this mineral salt inhaler optimizes the inhalation which produces microscopic particles, invisible to the human eye, that deposit onto every surface of the lungs, including the bronchi, bronchioles, alveoli (air sacs) and pleural (lining). In turn, these penetrating salt particles kill microbes which lead to a reduction of inflammation and enhance cilia mobility in the bronchi, facilitating the elimination of phlegm and foreign allergens and rendering much needed respiratory relief. Performing as a "mucokinetic" (mucus mobilizer), the micro salt particles restore the normal transport of mucus and unclog blockage in the bronchi and bronchioles. The inhaled salt (NaCI) acts as an absorbent, or solvent to the edema (excess fluid causing tissue to swell) from the mucosa lining the airway passages and has natural, non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory properties; offering organic treatment to the respiratory tract. Chronic conditions such as asthma and other respiratory illnesses are diminished as a result of the widening of the airway passages and the relief of bronchospasm through facilitation of bronchial secretions.
The good news is that it is now in the USA. We found ours from an organization called SaltRocks! that I believe still sells it for $59.95 with free shipping and a full money-back guarantee with a Price Match Promise Plus policy (would have to check to see if that's still current). Wouldn't say that is "pricey" considering it lasts for 5 years @ 20 mins/day compared to buying drugs, visiting emergency rooms and urgent care centers, etc. for all the critical care involved with respiratory distress! They also provide very useful and intriguing information all about salt therapy and its history, etc.
Best Wishes, groovey!