Asthma treatment and medication have indeed come a long way in terms of improvement and affectivity but there is still one problem that most asthmatics encounter in terms or prescribed medication; side effects. Although they are mostly mild and for most cases nonexistent, side effects are one of the main reasons why a lot of people switch to natural asthma treatments. While this may seem to be a better option, it is greatly discouraged because of the dangers that it can pose. Running out or having no rescue or relief medication around when you need it the most can be life threatening.
So if you are looking to try natural asthma treatments, use them along with your regularly prescribed medication and ask for advice from your doctor first just to be on the safe side. It is also important that you keep in mind three things when looking for natural asthma treatments:
• The quality: While some brands have become trusted in dealing with asthma, there are still those that prey on consumers by offering baseless theories and empty promises, giving nothing in return. Since these herbal medication are not being regulated by the FDA at the moment, more and more “shady” products are entering the market.
• Side effects: some of these products can actually be more dangerous than they claim to be. Check the bottle for the possible side effects or if it cannot be located try looking for the ingredients of the product on the container and searching for possible side-effects on the internet, if still in doubt ask your doctor.
• Drug Interactions: Some herbal medications may contain ingredients that can counteract the effect of your regular medication rendering it useless. Always check for the active ingredients first and the possible contraindications that it might have.
Checking for quality and assurance of safety should always be your primary concern when planning to try out an alternative natural asthma treatment. But just to give you an idea, here are four alternative treatments that have proven themselves safe and effective against asthma:
Buteyko: A breathing technique developed in the 1960’s by Dr. Konstantin Buteyko to help asthmatics deal with their condition by teaching them to breathe less. The premise is that by learning how to breathe less, the asthmatics lungs will be able to adjust accordingly during an attack by coping with lesser oxygen. This breathing method also prevents asthmatics from hyperventilating during the attack thereby making them and the condition more manageable.
Vitamin B6 – B12: Some studies also show that asthmatics can benefit from taking in Vitamins B6 and B12 daily as it can help the body produce essential chemicals that aid in blocking allergic effects of certain sulfites and has been known to promote muscle of bronchial smooth tissue, resulting in better breathing.
Ginko Biloba: Or more commonly referred to as the plant kingdom’s oldest living fossil, Ginko Biloba’s existence can be traced back over millions of years ago and has been used in China in improving lung function, blood circulation, mental performance, and longevity. The conducted medical studies have found out that taking Ginko Biloba can increase micro-circulation within the body and reduce inflammation in asthmatics as well as strengthen resistance to further attacks.
The aim of natural asthma treatment is to achieve relief without depending too much in your prescribed medication. But this does not in any way mean that you should abandon your regular treatment. Do proper research first before starting out so that you will be able to find out even before starting if the alternative method that you choose will work to your benefit or not.