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6 Natural COPD Treatments to Try Right Now

25 Jul 2016
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6 Natural COPD Treatments to Try Right Now

When traditional medication fails, it may be time to consider something a bit more natural…

Living with a lung disease like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), pulmonary fibrosis or emphysema can make one’s daily routine inherently difficult. Causing fits of coughing, difficulty breathing and lower energy levels, many suffering from chronic lung disease are simply looking for one thing: relief. Although there are a variety of traditional medications available such as pills, inhalers and oxygen therapy, they aren’t without their own side-effects. As research continues to show promise in the use of natural alternatives, it may be time to consider adding these supplements to your daily regimen.

With your health in mind, the Lung Institute is here to present 6 Natural COPD Treatments to Try Right Now to better your breathing using more natural ingredients.

*Any new medication or supplements should only be consumed after first consulting with your primary care physician*

6 Natural COPD Treatments to Try Right Now

6. NAC (N-Acetylcysteine)

Yes, it’s a mouthful but N-Acetylcysteine, otherwise known as NAC is an antioxidant that has shown promise in some studies. In a study of 24 Israeli COPD patients, it was found that 1,200mg of N-acetylcysteine a day helped lung inflation, especially after exercise. It is known to reduce phlegm, cough, thin mucus and ease expectoration. Although it won’t prevent flare-ups, its ability to loosen sputum is significant, and it can be bought over-the-counter. It’s a great example of natural treatments for COPD.

Daily Dosage Recommendation: 250mg to 1,500mg mg daily.

Special Note – You should not take N-acetylcysteine if you’re taking nitroglycerin.

5. Vitamin D

A deficiency in vitamin D can come from a variety of sources: not spending enough time outside, not drinking enough milk or the body simply losing its ability to make vitamin D with age. It has been noted that vitamin D has been linked to better lung function tests, and sources of vitamin D can be anything from drinking more almond milk, taking a daily multi-vitamin or stepping outside to get more fresh air (and sunlight).

Daily Dosage Recommendation: 1,000mg to 1,200mg

Special Note- Milk can build up mucus within the lungs and cause flare-ups. Instead, choose a milk alternative such as Almond or Soy milk.

 4. Ginseng

One of the best natural treatments for COPD is ginseng. Although ginseng comes in a variety of different species, some studies have shown that the use of ginseng may improve lung function. With the Asian variety of ginseng showing a larger effect than its American counterpart, ginseng has been recognized for its propensity to improve the immune system, provide an energy boost, reduce stress, promote relaxation and even provide immune suppressive—or anti-inflammatory—effects.

Daily Dosage Recommendation: 1-2g

6 Natural COPD Treatments to Try Right Now

3. Antioxidant Vitamins

Antioxidants are crucial for the body as they allow it to use oxygen more efficiently so that it enters the bloodstream in the proper amounts. Because of these oxygen-regulating properties, vitamins A, C and E are considered a particularly beneficial supplement for those who suffer from chronic respiratory disease. In a recent Romanian study of 120 COPD patients, it was found that patients who ate a diet of fruits and vegetables rich in Vitamins A, C and E had improved lung function.

Daily Dosage Recommendation: Vitamin C: 75-90mg, Vitamin A: .7-.9mg, Vitamin E: 15mg

Special Note – Current smokers should aim for an extra 35mg a day of Vitamin C.

2. Bromelain

Okay, so what the heck is bromelain? Well, simply put, it’s a chemical made from enzymes found in the stems and juice of pineapple. Believed to reduce inflammation, although still awaiting more conclusive studies, it is thought to be an effective supplement for COPD relief. The added benefit of a citrus fruit such as pineapple, however, is that it contains other vitamins and nutrients such as vitamin C, and it can easily be incorporated into one’s diet through something as simple as a morning smoothie. Natural treatments for COPD can taste so good.

Daily Dosage Recommendation: 80 to 500mg

1. Coenzyme Q10

As a substance similar in behavior to that of an antioxidant or vitamin, coenzyme Q10 has value as a natural remedy for COPD. Found in nearly every cell of the body, it is often used to produce energy within the body allowing cell growth and maintenance. Through its ability to increase cell activity and ease inflammation, the enzyme may be able to contribute to airway dilation through its anti-inflammatory properties, ultimately allowing easier breathing as well as a reduction in symptoms. CoQ10 can be found in small amounts in a variety of different foods including sardines, mackerel and peanuts.

Daily Dosage Recommendation: 90 to 390mg

Try this in Combination with Natural Treatments for COPD

Although natural treatments for COPD and traditional treatments can be beneficial to respiratory health, if you’re looking to take a more proactive approach to treatment, it’s time to consider stem cell therapy. Rather than only addressing the symptoms of lung disease, stem cell therapy acts to directly affect disease progression, working to improve quality of life and pulmonary function within patients. For those who suffer from 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 lung disease like COPD, pulmonary fibrosis, emphysema 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.

Interested in our natural treatments for COPDShare your thoughts and comments below.


  1. Lung Institute

    1 day ago


    Thank you for your question. We have written a number of blog articles about natural remedies and treatments. Here is a link to them. Please take a look and we hope you find information that may be helpful.


    The Lung Institute

  2. Marta

    5 days ago

    Hi! Could you please suggest any natural remedies for COPD, useful for IBD as well? thank you.

  3. Lung Institute

    5 days ago


    Thank you for your comment. You are correct. There are studies that report that cannabinoids are well-known for their anti-inflammatory effects, and while most studies thus far into cannabis and asthma have focused primarily on the bronchodilatory effect, some have also observed a reduction in bronchial inflammation.


    The Lung Institute

  4. Lung Institute

    5 days ago

    Steve: We do not have any of our clinics in the UK.

    We have five offices in the United States.
    Tampa, Fla.
    Nashville, Tenn.
    Scottsdale, Ariz.
    Pittsburgh, Penn.
    Dallas, Texas

    We have a dedicated medical team who have a wealth of knowledge about stem cells, treatment options, candidacy, cost and more. So, feel free to give us a call at (855) 313-1149. We look forward to hearing from you soon.


    The Lung Institute

  5. Steve

    5 days ago

    Do you do stem cells in the uk

  6. Barb

    6 days ago

    ACtually, cannabis oil with high ratio of THC is very effective as it’s a known bronchodilator.

  7. Lung Institute

    3 months ago


    We have done a couple of blog articles regarding cannabis. Two things, we highly recommend not smoking of any kind as a first step in treating lung disease. Secondly, cannabis only manages the symptoms of lung disease temporarily. It does not address the progression of the disease.

    Here is a link to one of our articles.

    In the meantime, you can learn more about stem cell treatment options and have your questions answered by one of our patient coordinators. Feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149 for more information. We look forward to hearing from you soon.


    The Lung Institute

  8. Paula

    3 months ago

    What about cannabis? Now that it’s legal here in Nevada there is plenty of access, oils and edibles. There’s allot on the internet about it. Do you have information?

  9. Lung Institute

    3 months ago


    Thank you for your question. We will have to defer to your father’s primary doctor or specialist for that answer.

    Our dedicated medical team has a wealth of knowledge about stem cells, treatment options, candidacy, cost and more. We’re happy to answer your questions, so feel free to give us a call at (855) 313-1149. We look forward to hearing from you soon.


    The Lung Institute

  10. Amy murray

    3 months ago

    I think my dad only takes nitroglycerin if he feels he needs it. Can he use nac if he has not used the nitro in a while?

  11. Lung Institute

    4 months ago


    Yes, you may do any of the six, or any combination of the six natural treatments. They work separately and can help individually.

    Our dedicated medical team has a wealth of knowledge about stem cells, treatment options, candidacy, cost and more. We’re happy to answer your questions, so feel free to give us a call at (855) 313-1149. We look forward to hearing from you soon.


    The Lung Institute

  12. Bonnie Bowers

    4 months ago

    Can you do more than one of the six above at the same time without a problem? Or just CHOOSE one to use?

  13. Cameron Kennerly

    1 year ago

    Hello Leslie,

    That’s great to hear and thank you for your feedback! Looking forward to hearing more of your progress.


    -The Lung Institute

  14. Leslie

    1 year ago

    I had the Stem Cell treatment in TN last year and it was great! It helped me stay healthy and illness free for over a year. For Real!

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  16. PB

    1 year ago

    Dear Randy,

    First and foremost, we’re sorry to hear you have been going through such a difficult time. Many lung diseases have similar symptoms, so it’s important to receive a diagnosis from your doctor to ensure that you are on the best treatment plan for you. You can also discuss any questions or concerns you have with your doctor. We are happy to answer any questions you have regarding stem cell treatment options, so feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149 to speak one-on-one with a patient coordinator.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute


    1 year ago


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  19. PB

    1 year ago

    Dear Betty,

    Thanks for your question. Because chronic lung diseases and pulmonary hypertension affect everyone differently, it’s best to discuss your question with your doctor. While salt therapy may help some people with certain lung diseases, it’s important to ask your doctor how it could affect you and what the risks and benefits are for you. Because your doctor knows you and your health situation well, he or she will be able to best guide you. In the meantime, you can read more about salt therapy by clicking here. We wish you the best.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  20. betty

    1 year ago

    salt therapy. i have pulmonary hypertension. Does breathing through salt affect higher levels of hypertension

  21. PB

    1 year ago

    Dear Pete,

    Thanks for your comment. We’re not aware of Cordyseps Mushroom capsules, so we’re not able to comment on it’s effectiveness for people with COPD. However, we recommend talking about Cordyseps Mushroom capsules with your doctor to gain his or her insight and recommendation on the supplement before trying it. Your doctor knows you and your health situation well, so he or she will be able to best guide you.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  22. Pete

    1 year ago

    Does taking Cordyseps Mushroom capsules 750mg x 2 twice a day help COPD?

  23. Linda

    1 year ago

    May i add one more help:
    The use of the Hemilayan Salt inhaler!
    It REALLY does help! It has no taste/smell!
    You are simple drawing your breath thru the salt!
    Inhale thru your mouth-exhale thru your nose!
    It helps to break up the phlem !

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