Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

Document And Entity Information

Document And Entity Information (USD $)
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2012
Jun. 29, 2012
Mar. 05, 2012
Document and Entity Information [Abstract]      
Entity Registrant Name NATURAL HEALTH TRENDS CORP    
Document Type 10-K    
Current Fiscal Year End Date --12-31    
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding     11,317,833
Entity Public Float   $ 9,830,213  
Amendment Flag false    
Entity Central Index Key 0000912061    
Entity Current Reporting Status No    
Entity Voluntary Filers No    
Entity Filer Category Smaller Reporting Company    
Entity Well-known Seasoned Issuer No    
Document Period End Date Dec. 31, 2012    
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2012    
Document Fiscal Period Focus FY