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COPD Sufferers, Get the Stem Cell Treatment Basics from the Lung Institute

9 Oct 2017
| Under COPD, Lung Disease | Posted by | 6 Comments

The Lung Institute’s remarkable stem cell therapy that treats chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is now available throughout the United States. Do you want to be active again? Do you want to enjoy the simple things in life again?

More than 30 million Americans suffer from COPD and more than half don’t even know they have it. It is the third leading cause of death in the United States.

Don’t ignore the symptoms!

  • Shortness of breath
  • Chronic coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Fatigue

Our treatments are simple and performed on an outpatient basis. More than 84 percent of our patients report an improved quality of life three months after treatment. More than 95 percent of our patients report a positive experience.

This is not another drug.  It’s a treatment!

We use your body’s very own stem cells, separate them from your blood or bone marrow, return them to your body where they enter the lungs and begin natural healing and inflammation reduction.

What are stem cells?

Stem cells are the building blocks of life – essential to every organism. They self-renew, transform and replicate with the ability to form any type of tissue in the body.

We do not create stem cells, they are already in your body.

We use your own stem cells to promote healing from within your lungs, help reduce inflammation and slow disease progression.

The science behind stem cell therapy is that they are versatile and can transform into any other type of cell in the body.

How do stem cells treat my COPD?

When a substance, such as medication, blood or stem cells, is introduced to the body through an IV, it is carried in the bloodstream directly to the right side of the heart. Within a heartbeat or two, the heart pushes it directly into the lungs. The circulatory system then distributes the substance throughout the body.

While medications or blood leave the lungs and travel throughout the body, a majority of the stem cells become trapped (this is a good thing) in the lungs rather than dispersing throughout the body via the bloodstream. Once trapped, they aggregate (merge together) and they can then begin the natural healing and inflammation reduction.

Why not just take traditional medicine?

Traditional COPD treatments include medications, such as inhalers and corticosteroids, as well as oxygen therapy and pulmonary rehabilitation. Bronchodilators (inhalers) help open and relax tightened airways while corticosteroids (pills) reduce inflammation. Antibiotics can address flare-ups and infections. Oxygen therapy helps people with low blood oxygen levels receive enough oxygen. Pulmonary rehabilitation is a program designed to help people with COPD learn how to function at the highest level possible.

While these treatment options help manage COPD symptoms, they do not address the disease at its source. The Lung Institute’s stem cell treatment helps manage the symptoms AND address its progression, and it works to promote healing from within the lungs.

What’s the treatment like?

At the Lung Institute, we offer stem cell treatment for many major pulmonary conditions, including COPD, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, pulmonary fibrosis and interstitial lung disease. The treatments can be added to a traditional treatment plan.

The bone marrow procedure is a two-part procedure, combining both the bone marrow and venous treatments. Bone marrow has both hematopoietic (blood) stem cells and mesenchymal (transformative) stem cells. For people looking for an alternative to the bone marrow procedure, the venous treatment is purely blood-derived and specializes in hematopoietic stem cells. All of the stem cell treatments at the Lung Institute are outpatient and minimally invasive.

This is how we do it…

Step 1) We withdraw blood or a bone marrow sample.harvest
Step 2) We separate your stem cells from your blood or bone marrow.


Step 3) We immediately reintroduce the stem cells back into your body where they come to rest inside the lungs promoting both natural healing and inflammation reduction.


We hope this information is helpful for you. You need to treat COPD as soon as possible because recent research notes that lung function declines much more rapidly and earlier than previously thought.

If you or a loved one suffers from a chronic disease like COPD, pulmonary fibrosis or other lung diseases, the Lung Institute may be able to help with a variety of adult stem cell treatment options. Contact us today by filling out this form. One of our patient coordinators will contact you shortly. Don’t pass up this chance to find out what stem cell therapy could mean for you.

About us.

The Lung Institute is the leading medical provider of regenerative cellular therapy for lung diseases, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), pulmonary fibrosis and interstitial lung disease, in the United States. In 2013, the Lung Institute in Tampa, Fla. opened. Now, the Lung Institute operates clinics in Tampa, Fla., Nashville, Tenn., Scottsdale, Ariz., Pittsburgh, Pa, and Dallas, Texas.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Does it work?
    • While our treatments have shown to improve many patients’ quality of life at all stages of lung disease, our patients’ results have shown to be most effective the earlier treatment is begun. More than 84 percent report a better quality of life within three months of treatment. While our treatment is not a cure, it has shown to significantly slow down and potentially even halt the progression of COPD and other lung diseases in many cases.
  • Are there any adverse effects?
    • Because we use your stem cells, the risk of rejection or side effects is very minimal and nearly nonexistent.
  • Is it FDA approved?
    • Our stem cell therapy does not need to be FDA approved because it is not a drug. But, we do operate in compliance with the FDA 1271 regulation exemption 1 which allows for same day medical procedures involving stem cells and HCT/Ps (Human Cells, Tissues, & Cellular and Tissue Based Products) to be considered the practice of medicine.
  • How much does it cost?
    • Treatment cost varies depending on treatment type. We understand that each patient is unique and has individual needs. Because of that, we make sure to go over the patient’s history and our treatment options in detail with each patient.
  • Is it covered by insurance/Medicaid?
    • Unfortunately, at this time, insurance companies don’t cover treatment. We’re hopeful treatment will be covered by insurance companies in the near future. It will take some time before insurance companies see a financial benefit in their favor and decide to cover it. In the meantime, you can learn more about stem cell treatment options and have your questions answered by one of our patient coordinators.
  • Is there a payment plan?
    • Our patient coordinators will gladly work with you to set up a reasonable payment plan.
  • Why choose the Lung Institute?
    • Our physicians have gained worldwide recognition for the successful application of revolutionary cell therapies. Our doctors have perfected a treatment protocol focused on safety and quality of care. At our state-of-the-art facilities, we offer unobtrusive, outpatient procedures to improve our patients’ quality of life by helping them breathe more easily.

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  1. Lung Institute

    1 month ago


    Thank you for your comment and we are sorry to hear about your condition.

    Our recent studies have shown that many people who have had treatment with us have reported an improvement in their quality of life. 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

  2. Diane

    1 month ago

    Sounds very good i am interested, i am being treated for copd for three years now, and live in minnesota. I am on oxgen, have a neBulizer, how ever any oof the inhalers i have tried has giVien me a bad reaction of one type or another, so i only carry a Emerency in hale and have stop the daily ones.

  3. Lung Institute

    5 months ago


    Thank you for your comment. We are very sorry to hear about your medical conditions. The Lung Institute only does stem cell therapy for lung diseases.

    We’re happy to answer your questions about stem cells, treatment options, candidacy and cost. So, feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149. We look forward to hearing from you soon.


    The Lung Institute

  4. Ed Fake

    5 months ago


  5. Lung Institute

    5 months ago


    Thank you for your comment. 84 percent of our patients report an improved quality of life within three months of having our stem cell treatments. Others have become less dependent on their oxygen tanks after treatment. Take a look at our patient testimonial page to see how they report their life changes.

    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

  6. Robert Dunham

    5 months ago

    Does this work for folks who used to smoke, have copd, and on a portable oxgen tank?

* All treatments performed at Lung Institute utilize autologous stem cells, meaning those derived from a patient's own body. No fetal or embryonic stem cells are utilized in Lung Institute's procedures. Lung Institute aims to improve patients' quality of life and help them breathe easier through the use of autologous stem cell therapy. To learn more about how stem cells work for lung disease, click here.

All claims made regarding the efficacy of Lung Institute's treatments as they pertain to pulmonary conditions are based solely on anecdotal support collected by Lung Institute. Individual conditions, treatment and outcomes may vary and are not necessarily indicative of future results. Testimonial participation is voluntary. Lung Institute does not pay for or script patient testimonials.

Under current FDA guidelines and regulations 1271.10 and 1271.15, the Lung Institute complies with all necessary requirements for operation. The Lung Institute is firmly in accordance with the conditions set by the FDA for exemption status and conducts itself in full accordance with current guidelines. Any individual who accesses Lung Institute's website for information is encouraged to speak with his or her primary physician for treatment suggestions and conclusive evidence. All information on this site should be used for educational and informational use only.

As required by Texas state law, the Lung Institute Dallas Clinic has received Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval from MaGil IRB, now Chesapeake IRB, which is fully accredited by the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Program (AAHRPP), for research protocols and stem cell procedures. The Lung Institute has implemented these IRB approved standards at all of its clinics nationwide. Approval indicates that we follow rigorous standards for ethics, quality, and protections for human research.