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5 Alternative Remedies for COPD

13 Aug 2015
| Under COPD, Lifestyle | Posted by | 11 Comments

Fighting Against COPD

After being diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), you will likely be prescribed daily medications and, depending on which stage you are in, supplemental oxygen. COPD is progressive, and available medications treat symptoms rather than the disease itself. You can take steps to help fight the disease. It’s not easy, but it’s worth it. Fight back with these tips to help improve your lung function, mood and quality of life.


So you’ve come to terms with your diagnosis, left cigarettes behind, and wonder what’s next. One of the most important things you can do for yourself is stay active. If you were active in the past, continue to do so, even if you have to start small by walking around the house instead of sitting on the couch. Have your medications and emergency inhalers handy, and push yourself a bit. Exercise promotes lung function, and the more you can build your lung function, the better. If you haven’t been active in a while, try some beginner exercises. Of course, be sure to consult with your primary care physician before starting an exercise regime.

Eat Right

Just as important as exercise, your diet has a huge effect on your health and how you feel. A recent study published in the European Respiratory Journal stated that a diet rich in antioxidants may protect against the progression of COPD and even improve lung function. Foods rich in antioxidants include: grapes, blueberries, nuts, dark green veggies, sweet potatoes, tea, whole grains and fish. It can be difficult to eat when you’re short of breath, and many of those with COPD find it easier to eat several smaller meals throughout the day. Be sure to stay hydrated to keep mucus thin.

Reduce Stress

When you’re stressed, experts recommend deep breathing to calm down. This can be frustrating advice when you feel stressed even thinking about trying to take a deep breath. First, acknowledge that you are stressed rather than trying to fight the feeling. Next, do something that gets your mind off of the stress. This will mean something different for different people. It could be saying a prayer, going for a walk, counting to 100, meditating, blasting music or watching a funny YouTube video.

Take Dietary Supplements

Some supplements have reportedly helped lung disease patients. Here are a few top supplements:

  • Omega-3 fatty acids: Omega-3s decrease inflammation. They are found in fish oil capsules, flax seeds, fish and nuts.
  • Vitamins D and E: Both have been found to improve lung function in some patients.
  • Eucalyptus: The menthol properties of eucalyptus help clear the lungs, and adding some eucalyptus oil to your humidifier might help you to breathe more easily.

Stay Positive

Learning to live with COPD isn’t easy, but you aren’t the first, and you’re not in this alone. Doing even one of the tips listed above can help you enjoy a better quality of life. You don’t have to start off doing everything at once. If it seems overwhelming, pick one positive action, and build from there.

Many lung disease sufferers experience better quality of life after receiving cellular therapy from the Lung Institute. If you are interested in learning more about minimally-invasive cellular therapy, contact a patient coordinator today at (800) 729-3065 to see if you are a candidate for cellular therapy.


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  2. PB

    2 years ago

    Dear Annette,

    Thanks for your comment. There are several options to help you feel better, including natural remedies, traditional treatments, alternative treatments, and even cell therapy. If you would like more information about possible treatment options, feel free to contact us (855) 313-1149.

    We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  3. Annette fischer

    2 years ago

    I have just been diagnosed. Cops

    My symptoms not bad yet

    What Cani do to. Help slow down the disease. Is that possible

  4. PB

    2 years ago

    Dear Nettie,

    Thanks for sharing some of your story. The best thing you can do if you have questions or concerns about being part of a research group or about your condition is to talk with your doctors. Because COPD affects everyone differently, talking with your doctors about your specific situation is important. If you would like more information about cell therapy treatment options, please feel free to contact one of our well-qualified patient coordinators by calling (855) 313-1149.

    We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  5. Nettie Perry

    2 years ago

    I joined a research group to test treatments for copd…Do you think that this is dangerous to be used as a guiney pig…..when I had some tests done at a pulmonolgist that my primary Dr sent me too,she said that I was 8 pts from being in stage 3 of this desiese. I don’t know what that means….I have so many things wrong with me but the reason I wanted to be in the research group is because I want to see what I need to do to help myself…Also I heard about the cells
    ….do you think I would qualify for that and does it work

  6. Maren Auxier

    3 years ago

    Hi Connie,

    Thanks for your comment. Please contact one of our patient coordinators at (855) 313-1149 and they’d be happy to help you.



  7. Maren Auxier

    3 years ago

    Hi Gail,

    Thanks for your comment. I’m sorry to hear that you’re having a hard time. If you’re interested in learning more about how cell therapy can help with lung disease you’re welcome to call one of our patient coordinators at (855) 313-1149.



  8. Gail

    3 years ago

    I’m scared. My pulmonologist of ten years discharged me from his practise for a missed appt. I was in the hospital three weeks in January, intubated for ten days. Prednisone dosage is at thirty mg daily and even that’s not enough. I have no specialist close enough other than my former one that I can conveniently see, …

  9. Connie Klusty

    3 years ago

    I have copd I quit smoking and would like to try cells. Could I get more information? I’m on Advair 500over50 and Spiriva I also use inhalers I’m not on oxygen. I get sick easy and I’ve been put on disability. I’m only 59 would really like to see if cell would work for me. My meds make me bruise easily and if I bump myself I bleed under the skin. Recently my skin will tare really easy. Please consider me for cell.

  10. David Ebner

    3 years ago


    We’re happy to continue writing articles if they provide some help to those suffering from lung disease. If you’re interested in cell therapy as an option to treat your COPD, call us at (855) 313-1149 to see if you qualify. Thanks for the comment!



  11. jerry sanders

    3 years ago

    Thank you for this article I have been stage 2
    since April 2013 …

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