A wide variety of all-natural snoring solutions can be found in most grocery stores and pharmacies. Of those available, many utilize several ingredients in an attempt to prevent snoring.
However, can they really be compared to a top quality mouthpiece? The answer and the facts are below.
Homeopathic Remedy Overview
Homeopathic snoring solutions come in several forms. Pills, throat sprays, and nasal sprays are all widely available. Many individual ingredients are used in different combinations, so it would be difficult to cover each one. Instead it is easier to explain the main properties of the ingredients most frequently used.
Typically this kind of snoring solutions is formulated around a natural mucolytic. The purpose of a mucolytic agent is to loosen and reduce the total amount of mucus present. Mucus has been known to cause snoring for some, but it is not one of the most common causes.
For the most part, homeopathic remedies also contain some or all of the following: anti-inflammatory agents, anti-histamines, and decongestants. Anti-inflammatory agents work to reduce swelling anywhere in the body, but in this case swelling in the structures of the throat is the main priority. Anti-histamines are used to lessen the severity of allergic reactions. They are commonly used to treat seasonal allergies. Decongestants help to reduce any feelings of congestion as well as helping to remove mucus from the body.
There is a reason that this kind of solution comes in so many different forms. That is because of the concept of local and systemic effects. Local effects are intended to only affect a certain area of the body where a substance is applied. Systemic effects affect the entire body. Usually this is due to a substance being ingested or eaten. Once ingested it must survive the digestive tract in order to make it into the blood stream as the intended molecule. Pills are an example of a snoring solution that is used systemically, while sprays are an example of local use. Which method is better has often been debated, but it seems that in this case local solutions have an advantage.
Strengths And Weaknesses Of Homeopathic Solutions
Unfortunately, homeopathic remedies have few positive qualities in this case. Perhaps their level of effectiveness prevents any positive qualities from being seen. However, the fact is that many of them simply do not work.
This may be due to the nature of the ingredients and the lack of information when it comes to effective doses of each ingredient. On a positive note, this kind of solution is often very inexpensive. Usually a month’s supply can be purchased for well under $20.
Direct Comparison to Mouthpieces
To directly compare any two snoring solutions, price, safety, effectiveness, comfort, and time needed to see results all need to be considered. Homeopathic remedies seem inexpensive at first. The cost adds up over time though. Within a year of using the average homeopathic product the cost will have exceeded that of an oral device.
Safety is not much of a concern for either of these solutions. They are both safe when used correctly. However, it is worth noting that many ingredients found in homeopathic remedies have not been formally studied.
When it comes to effectiveness, the anti-snoring mouthpiece is always the best. It rivals and sometimes exceeds results seen with CPAP use. All-natural products cannot compete in this area.
Since that is the case, the time needed to see results is difficult to compare. A high quality oral device will work the very first night while homeopathic products may take mere minutes or several weeks, if they work at all.
All-natural snoring solutions are a good idea; they just have a lot of room for improvement when it comes to their success rate. At the time of this writing there is not a well-known homeopathic product that works well.
On the other hand, anti-snoring mouthpieces are effective for the vast majority of users. They may be more costly, but they will have a much greater positive impact on your health. Oral devices are being recommended more and more as they continue to be improved. The clear choice for any snorer seeking the best solution available is a stop snoring mouth guard.