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Sometimes the best Holistic COPD Treatment Options are the most natural.
For those who suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) discomfort and fatigue from exacerbations can be the norm. Unfortunately, traditional treatment options such as inhalers and corticosteroids can often be insufficient, possessing side-effects such as weight gain and infection. With these side-effects in mind, there has been a renewed call for more holistic COPD treatment options, particularly in the field of holistic medicine.
Defined as a treatment for the entire body and mind to address a specific malady, with your health in mind, the Lung Institute is here to provide 5 Holistic COPD Treatment Options to Promote Healing from the inside.
5. Natural Remedies
As we’ve mentioned above, holistic medicine is the practice of treating the body itself to treat the illness. For example, in treating a headache, a holistic method of treatment might be to try hydrotherapy, which involves water for pain relief. In the case of chronic lung diseases, a variety of natural remedies may be used to promote airway clearance and to reduce mucus such as:
- Lobelia– believed to stimulate the adrenal glands to release epinephrine, in effect, this relaxes the airways and allows for easier breathing.
- Osha root– has been used to relieve congestion and make breathing easier.
- Lungwort– known to reduce irritation and provide soothing qualities.
- Elecampane– used to relieve coughs.
- Oregano– known to benefit the respiratory tract, coughing reflex, and nasal passage airflow.
- Orange peel– provides support for the respiratory system by breaking down and expelling congestion.
- Chaparral– protects the body from harmful bacterial agents.
- Eucalyptus– strengthens the immune system against infection.
- Ginger– relieves congestion and improves circulation within the lungs.
- Rosemary– contains healing vitamins A and C, and minerals calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, sodium and zinc and helps blood flow.
Remember, however, to always consult with your primary doctor or physician before adding any new natural remedies to your diet.
4. Natural Supplements
In the case of natural supplements for COPD, there are a variety of vitamins and nutrients used by the body to reduce inflammation within the airways as well as promote more natural breathing from within. Here are a few examples with their properties and benefits:
- NAC (N-Acetylcysteine) – a powerful antioxidant that has been shown to reduce inflammation, phlegm and cough, as well as thin mucus and ease expectoration.
- Vitamin D – a sun-derived vitamin that has been linked to better lung function tests.
- Bromelain – a chemical enzyme found in pineapple juice, believed to reduce inflammation and has shown in some studies to be an effective supplement for COPD relief.
Although few people enjoy needles, the effects of acupuncture cannot be understated. Japanese researchers examined 68 adults who suffered from COPD and split them into two groups. One group received acupuncture and another received dull needles. Within 12 weeks, the patient group who received the acupuncture were found to be far less breathless than those in the group who had received the fake acupuncture. In practice, acupuncture had worked to relax the muscles and ultimately aided better respiration.
2. Diet and Exercise
In addressing nearly any issue related to health, a healthy diet and good exercise is often the easiest and most effective form of preventative medicine. For those with COPD who already suffered from limited mobility, sometimes the best options for exercise can be the simplest. By walking for only 30 minutes a day, it’s possible to significantly improve cardiovascular function which aids in oxygenating the body. For other low mobility exercises that require nothing but an open space and a little concentration, yoga and tai chi can be excellent options that work to improve mind and body alike.
1. Quit smoking
As the most important item on this list, the best treatment you could possibly apply to the health of your entire body is to quit smoking. Not only does smoking actively harm your body from the inside out, but it gradually shaves off years of your lifespan and makes the years you have left more difficult. Although quitting smoking can be an incredibly difficult endeavor, it is fundamentally the most important thing you can do for the longevity of your pulmonary health and overall health.
In combination with holistic COPD treatment options, what can I do to treat COPD?
Although a diagnosis of COPD can seem insurmountable, the first step to living a longer life getting a COPD screening and finding a treatment that addresses the disease head-on. In conjunction with holistic COPD treatment options, changing one’s diet and gaining consistent exercise are among the best lifestyle changes one can do aside from quitting smoking. However, if you’re looking to address COPD disease progression directly, it may be time to consider stem cell therapy. Rather than only addressing the symptoms of lung disease, stem cell therapy directly affects disease progression and can improve quality of life and pulmonary function. For people with lung disease, a change in quality of life could mean the difference between struggling to walk to the mailbox and riding a bike.
If you or a loved one suffers from a chronic disease like COPD, emphysema, pulmonary fibrosis or other symptoms of lung disease, the Lung Institute may be able to help with a variety of adult stem cell treatment options. Contact us today at (800) 729-3065 to see if you qualify for stem cell therapy, and find out what stem cell therapy could mean for you.
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