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If Something Makes You Feel Better, Is It Medicine?

Despite their reputation as holistic cure-alls, there’s only one proven health benefit of Himalayan salt lamps: the placebo effect

Two women relax on lounge chairs in front of Himalayan salt lamps at the Glacier Salt Cave in Juneau, Alaska, during a halotherapy session, which some say alleviates respiratory ailments.

Himalayan salt lamps, made of large chunks of pink salt mined from the Punjab region of Pakistan near the Himalayan mountain range, emit a soft, warm glow. And depending on who you ask, they also offer a range of therapeutic effects. Online stores and wellness sites claim that the lamps release negative ions, absorb positive ones, and ease health issues as diverse as asthma and mood disorders.

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