Alongside the medicines your GP has prescribed you, there are also several complementary therapies that you may have read about as possible ways to help with your asthma.These complementary therapies are not meant as a replacement for your medication, but to be used alongside it.
- Breathing exercises
- Traditional Chinese herbal medicine
- Dietary Supplements.
If you’re looking at ways to help manage your asthma alongside your medication, here are three common complementary therapies:
The word mindfulness is becoming more common, from colouring books to mindful eating being mindful can help us enjoy life more and understand ourselves better. But can it help asthma? According to Asthma UK, regular mindfulness is thought to calm the mind and improve concentration. Regular practice might be good for people with asthma because of the stress-relieving benefits it can have.
You can practice being mindful anywhere at any time, but the simplest way to do it is to find a quiet place and sit with your eyes shut so you can pay full attention to your thoughts, feelings and the sensations in your body, including your breathing.
Breathing Retraining Exercises:
According to Asthma UK, the latest guidelines for the management of asthma say that using breathing exercise programmes as well as your medication may help to reduce asthma symptoms. They can also help to improve quality of life for some people. There are a few types of breathing exercise programmes including the Buteyko Method or the Papworth Method.
As well as being a good way to increase flexibility and fitness, yoga can help aid relaxation and de-stress. If you find stress is one of your asthma triggers, you could consider yoga to help reduce it; however there is more research needed to confirm this.
Many complementary therapies haven’t been fully studied, so to be safe always check with your GP or asthma nurse before you try a new complementary therapy. If you’re looking for other complementary therapies, here’s the latest information from Asthma UK.