Alternative Therapies

There are several alternative remedies – some ancient, some fairly new, and some in-between – that have provided snoring relief for countless people around the world.

Many of these alternative medicines are not alternative at all in parts of the eastern world; in fact, in some countries (such as India, China, and Russia), some of these remedies are quite mainstream, and if you travel to those countries you’ll quite easily find many of these solutions in use.

In the western world, particularly the United States and Canada, practitioners of these alternative medicines are emerging quite rapidly. Educational institutions are quickly developing certification programs, and standards organizations are developing frameworks within which to help responsibly guide and develop these alternative therapies.

If you’re interested in learning more about these therapies, a quick Internet scan, or a visit to a holistic health shop (or probably any health store) will most often lead to some quality information, both referrals and literature. Some of the most popular anti-snoring alternative remedies are noted below.

• Warm Beverages Before Bedtime

Drinking warm beverage just before bedtime has proven to be effective for a number of snorers. Adding a small amount of honey to the water can help coat the walls of the trachea. Some people have even found that combining honey, warm water, and apple cider vinegar creates a rather potent, yet non-addictive and non-fattening anti-snoring drink.

Herbal tea, particularly the kind labeled “Breathe Easy” (or anything that promotes an unclogged airway) can help prevent snoring. Some of these teas can also contain chamomile or other herbs that promote sleeping.

Bear in mind, however, that if the snorer becomes too relaxed, then while sleep may occur quite readily, it’s important to remember that sleep isn’t the problem: snoring is the problem! So don’t necessarily choose herbal teas that promote drowsiness or “sleepiness”; for snorers, any herbal tea that will clear the airflow/trachea should help alleviate some snoring.

• Relaxation Techniques

As noted above, stress can be a factor in causing snoring. We’ve discussed how reducing external stress, in the form of sound and light, can potentially help alleviate snoring (as strange as that may seem). Yet in addition to this, there are (of course) other forms of stress: the kind that builds up at our jobs, or while we’re stuck in traffic, or filling out our tax returns, and so on.

This kind of stress can be equally damaging to the snorer; and various relaxation techniques, such as:

  • Tai Chi
  • Yoga
  • Medication
  • Reiki
  • Gentle massage
  • Relaxing music

These treatments can also help treat other ailments that may or may not be linked to snoring, including lung problems, obesity, and more.

• Homeopathic Medication

Homeopathic medicines have been used for centuries to deal with a wide range of health concerns, including snoring. A popular homeopathic medicine under the trade name Snore Stop™ is proving to be effective for some snorers by dissolving secretions in the nose and throat, thus opening up the airway.

Another popular homeopathic nose drop called Y-Snore™ is also receiving some critical acclaim from snorers and non-snorers alike. Y-Snore is a mild, non-addictive decongestant, which helps open up the nasal passage and thus inhibits/prevents airflow vibration in the trachea during sleep.

• Magnetic Therapy

Though not yet widely known in the west, magnetic therapy is extremely common in other parts of the world, particularly in China. Magnetic therapy can potentially help snorers by stimulating the nerves in the nose, thereby opening up the airway to the throat, and cutting down on potential vibration (and thus snoring).

Magnets can also be applied to the entire body (i.e. not just focused on the nose) to help stimulate nerves and body processes that can indirectly help deal with snoring.

For example, some people have relied upon magnetic therapy as a part of an overall weight-loss program. Since excess weight/obesity is often linked with snoring, magnetic therapy can, ultimately, help treat and/or reduce snoring.

A nose ring with earth magnets (under the brand name Snore Free™) has received some positive feedback from those who have used it to open the nasal passage.

• Hypnosis

Believe it or not, but hypnosis has been suggested as a remedy for some people. It has not, however, been widely accepted as a potential solution; and as such, it does not get an expanded discussion in this guide. However, I would be remiss not to note that many people are in fact relying upon hypnosis to deal with a number of health ailments, including snoring.

• Addition Alternative Therapies

In addition, there are numerous alternative therapies that are generating growing attention as potential anti-snoring options. These additional alternative therapies include: the use of crystals and gems, light therapy, and color therapy.

The efficacy of these potential solutions is being tested, and scientific research on these methods is not yet well established; and hence, we will not explore them further in this guide. However, this does not mean that they lack promise; for they do.

As any snorer – or someone who lives with a snorer – will attest, anything that promises a healthy, long-term, safe, and surgery-free solution to snoring is a good idea, no matter how far fetched that idea may seem today!

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