For many obvious and understandable reasons, Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) is not always the first choice when treating sleep apnea. Like many other health problems, natural treatments can help to deal with sleep apnea.
Herbal treatments are one popular option that many turn to. Just as any other type of treatment, there are ups and downs to using this type of treatment. Here are some pros and cons to using herbal therapy for sleep apnea.
◊ Pros of Using Herbal Therapy for Sleep Apnea
- Non-invasive approach: Although the use of a CPAP is considered to be a non-invasive type of treatment, many users find it uncomfortable and unattractive. The fact that the mask has to be worn during sleep makes it invasive in some ways.
And surgery is definitely a treatment that is skin deep and comes with many risks.
Herbal therapy, on the other hand, deals with sleep apnea without the use of equipment or surgery, leaving sleep apnea sufferers far more comfortable and satisfied.
- Quick and easy: Unlike other sleep apnea cures, herbal therapy does not require a lot of time or effort to use. There is no need to learn about equipment, practice breathing exercises or follow a special diet. All that is needed is to take the required herbs which may be in a supplement form or tea, or as an essential oil for sleep apnea.
- Reduced risk of side effects: Herbs or herbal medicine have fewer unintended consequences or side effects than CPAP, pharmaceutical drugs. Most herbs are well-tolerated by patients and may be safer to use over time.
- Lower cost: Herbs cost much less than CPAP equipment, prescription medications and drugs.
- Widespread availability: Herbs are available without a prescription. You can grow some simple herbs, such as chamomile and peppermint, at home.
◊ Cons of Using Herbal Therapy for Sleep Apnea
- Availability: Some of the herbs used for treating sleep apnea are readily available in local food stores making them easy to acquire. However, there may be some that are not on hand locally. Using herbs that are not available will mean that these have to be sourced from elsewhere.
Aside from the fact that they may be difficult to find, buying herbs from remote locations may be costly.
At the same time, once supplies run out, users may have to wait until getting hold of the herbs they need before experiencing relief from sleep apnea symptoms again.
- Effectiveness: Herbal therapy has been in use for treating all types of illnesses since the early times. Many herbs have been studied by professionals and have been proven effective. Despite this, there is a wide array of herbs available for use and not all of these have been properly studied.
This means that they may not be as effective as believed, or they may produce side effects on users. Since the effects of some herbs on the body are not widely known, much care has to be taken when using herbal supplements for sleep apnea.
◊ Wrapping Up
Recent scientific studies have shown that herbal therapy can be an effective, easy treatment for sleep apnea. To get a complete guide on proven herbal therapies for sleep apnea, please click here.