Black lung disease is the common name given to the chronic lung condition pneumoconiosis. This disease is an incurable condition that can cause difficulty breathing, further lung conditions and respiratory failure. It is commonly caused by irritation from breathing foreign substances, such as dust, smoke and chemicals.
If you work in an environment with a heavy presence of dust, chemicals, asbestos or smoke, please take appropriate safety precautions. Make sure you visit a lung healthcare specialist for a regular lung screening.
The scarring and inflammation caused by black lung disease are permanent, but you can help treat the symptoms and slow the progression of the disease with assistance from medical professionals.
At the Lung Health Institute, our team of medical professionals works one-on-one with patients to develop treatment plans that may help them breathe better and experience an improved quality of life. Many of these treatment plans are natural and operate differently than traditional medical options.
What are the alternative therapies for treating black lung disease?
We want to highlight two alternative therapies to consider for treating black lung disease: pulmonary rehabilitation and lung restoration treatment.
Pulmonary rehabilitation therapy is a natural treatment therapy aimed to help you breathe better and improve your quality of life. It may contain some of the following:
- Nutritional guidance for which foods may improve lung function
- Exercise instructions for helping your lungs operate properly
- Lifestyle counseling and group therapy
- Education for saving energy and advice for managing your symptoms
How does lung restoration treatment work?
Lung restoration treatment is the other alternative therapy for black lung disease. For your lung restoration treatment, your lung care specialist will withdraw a small sample of your blood and have it separated in our lab. The separation causes the various cells in your blood to separate into concentrated forms. This separated blood is reintroduced into your bloodstream, targeting inflammation and troubled areas in your lungs.
The concentrated cells should help with the following:
- Assistance with immune system function
- Assistance with reducing inflammation
- Assistance with the function of various lung tissue cells
- Assistance with breathing easier
Are you interested in speaking with a patient coordinator at the Lung Health Institute to see if lung restoration treatment may help treat your black lung disease? Contact one of our offices today to schedule an appointment.