Asthma is a very widespread disease and unfortunately it isn’t really curable. Even though a lot of children eventually grow out of it, there is no way to make sure it will happen. However, it doesn’t mean that there is nothing you can do to relieve the symptoms and get to the level where you don’t even experience any effects of the disease. There are actually many different treatments that asthmatics use and nowadays a lot of people also want to try alternative asthma treatment methods. Some of those people have heard that it has helped their friend and some of them just want to try something new. Whatever the reason, approximately half of all people with asthma have used some kind of an alternative treatment, so they should be effective if they are so widely used, right? Let’s take a closer look at some of the most popular complementary asthma treatments.
As with all alternative asthma treatments it is not scientifically proven that herbal medicine is a good cure for asthma, however, there are several herbs which people have been using for a long time because, in their opinion, these plants can actually help with relieving the symptoms and decreasing inflammation. Dried ivy, choline, ma huang, grapeseed and butterburr are only some of the many herbs which herbal medicine practitioners suggest to their patients. They can be combined with one another and used to make plant extracts. Always be careful when using these herbal remedies and first of all find out about the correct dosage and possible side effects.
This ancient Chinese therapy can reportedly cure a wide variety of different diseases and conditions including asthma. Of course, it is also not scientifically proven but there have been some studies which suggest that acupuncture could be useful for treating asthma and improving the lung function. It may seem strange that you could relieve your asthma just by sticking some needles in your skin but you can give it try and see for yourself because it is safe if done by a qualified practitioner. Just don’t expect to see immediate results – it will take several procedures to see any significant improvement.
There are some specific breathing exercises for asthma patients which can be used to control the symptoms and even though a lot of experts don’t acknowledge them as a legit treatment method, there are many people who believe that these breathing techniques are extremely useful and that everyone who has asthma must try them. Buteyko and Pranayama techniques are the two most popular ones. Both of them are based on similar principles – practicing slow and deep breathing while taking fewer breaths. It is believed that besides relieving the asthma symptoms these specific breathing exercises can also help with reducing stress and improving the overall health.
The things that you eat may have an impact on your asthma and there are some nutrients which can be especially valuable for people with asthma. Several researches have shown that foods rich in antioxidants can reduce the severity of your asthma by reducing the inflammation and improving the immune system. Those are mostly fruits and vegetables, for example, kiwis, strawberries, oranges, cauliflowers, broccolis and carrots. Basically, if you have asthma, try to consume a lot of Vitamin A, C and D as well as magnesium.