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Herbs that Help COPD

3 Jun 2016
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It can be hard to accept that a progressive and detrimental disease like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a condition with little to no options for successful treatment. As of now, most COPD patients are simply told to continue on a regimen of prescriptions and supplemental oxygen. These may help make the disease symptoms more comfortable, but it doesn’t commonly help in returning any lung function even temporarily. The common end treatment, a lung transplant, is very invasive and doesn’t boast a high success rate. People have begun to seek alternative treatments that are less invasive and show higher success; these include stem cell therapy and even consuming some herbs that may help with COPD.

Which Herbs Help?

There are a number of herbs that are known to help with lung function, and this has led to some people seeking out the same benefits in an attempt to treat their lung disease. Here are some herbs that are likely to be in your kitchen right now that may help:

    • PeppermintMint-on-the-table-000052807408_LargeHave you ever opened a can of mints or even a bottle of peppermint oil and took a deep sniff? Of course you have, we all have. This herb contains menthol, an agent that promotes the relaxation of the muscles in the respiratory tract.

 

    • OreganoOregano-Sprig-with-Dried-on-a-Wood-Table-000009852802_LargeA favorite in Italian cooking, this herb can also be used in other types of food. It has carvacrol and rosmarinic acid which act as a decongestant and histamine reducer. For those of you suffering from lung disease and the annual onslaught of pollen that spring brings, try cooking with more oregano to help counteract the season.

 

There are a few less common herbs that are known to help the lungs:

    • TurmericTurmeric-root-(Curcuma-longa)-000041449306_LargeA recent study published by the National Institute of Health (NIH) reported that curcumin, an active ingredient in turmeric, has a wide variety of benefits for people suffering with lung disease. Namely, the herb can help prevent and modulate inflammation in the airways, and it can help manage stress that is induced by a lack of oxygen in the body. Although turmeric is an herb commonly used in southern Asia, it is widely available in the United States as well.

 

    • Osha RootOsha-root-candied-in-honey-000015893862_XXXLargeNoted as one of the best lung support herbs found naturally in the United States, osha root grows in the Rocky Mountains. Native Americans have been using this herb and its active ingredient, camphor, for centuries. The ingredient helps increase circulation to the lungs and produces an effect similar to antihistamines.

 

The journey to breathe easier and get your life back doesn’t have to be one of passively waiting for a lung transplant while consuming numerous pills every day. There are alternative options like dietary changes that can help. The Lung Institute offers another alternative treatment option through stem cell therapy for lung disease. We use the cells from your own body to help promote healing and return lung function. If you are interested in finding out more, contact our office by calling (800) 729-3065 today.

50 Comments

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  2. Glenn

    7 months ago

    i remember getting information on how much this treatment cost and it was way out of my budget, so i had to look for other options because i’m sick of taking steroids. while looking, i found a product on amazon it’s called nano mist lung cleanse therapy kit. it hass been a month now since i started using this therapy, and i have to say it’s a life saver. to those who cannot afford those expensive treatment, like me, you may want to try it.

  3. PB

    8 months ago

    Dear Christine,

    Thanks for your comment. Because treatment cost varies depending on treatment type, we encourage people to call us to learn more about their treatment options. Our aim is to help people breathe easier and feel better. We appreciate your input and will keep that in mind for the future. If you have any questions regarding stem cell therapy, we would be happy to answer them. Feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  4. CHRISTINE

    8 months ago

    it seems to me the lung institute could do this stem cell treatment somewhat less expensive so more people could maybe afford to get it done we are talking about people’s lives here im sure it could be done for less than TWELVE THOUSAND DOLLARS come on work with us old people that need this thanks

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  6. PB

    8 months ago

    Hello Helen,

    We would be happy to share our latest blog articles with you. To have our blog articles sent to you monthly, please feel free to sign up for our newsletter. You can find the newsletter sign up at the bottom of the Lung Institute’s blog page and home page. Just enter your email in the newsletter sign up space. In the meantime, feel free to enjoy our printable mini-meal recipe guide. If you have any questions about stem cell therapy, feel free to contact us today by calling (855) 313-1149. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  7. helenoelke46@hotmail.com

    8 months ago

    I have cops would like to keep up on latest information on copd

  8. PB

    9 months ago

    Dear Tom,

    We’d like to extend our deepest sympathies that you did not see the improvements to your pulmonary health that you expected. Although 84% of patients in our most recent study have found improvement in their quality of life, the human body is complex and can react in a variety of ways that can be impossible to predict. Unfortunately, 16% may not see any improvement.

    If there is anything we can do for you moving forward please give us a call at (855) 313-1149, and we’d be happy to assist.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  9. PB

    9 months ago

    Hello Diana,

    We’re glad you found our article helpful. Keep checking back for other articles on a variety of topics.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  10. Diana Saurdiff

    9 months ago

    Very interesting I will be trying these herbs thank u for all this information it helps to understand what’s taking place etc.

  11. Tom Richard

    9 months ago

    It has been about a year now since my treatments, and I have to say I’ve not seen much if any improvement in lung functions. If anything my sob has gotten worse. I really wanted this to help.

  12. Cameron Kennerly

    9 months ago

    Hello Jack,

    Thanks for your comment! We’re sorry to hear about your respiratory health issues. In response to your question, it’s difficult for us to say when you’ll see changes in your respiratory function because so much of the effects of these herbs vary by individual. However, please feel free to give them a try and keep us updated on your progress.

    Best,

    -The Lung Institute

  13. Jack Milinovich

    9 months ago

    I was born with a collapsed lung…my 66 yrs have been one continuous stretch of bronchitis or pneumonia or both each year. Was diagnosed with COPD 2 yrs ago and I have never smoked a day in my life. I will try some of these herbs and see, but how long will it take to show some change? I will try anything to break away from my breathing machine…

  14. Cameron Kennerly

    10 months ago

    Hello Sandy,

    First and foremost we’d like to extend our deepest sympathies that you did not see the improvements to your pulmonary health that you expected. Although 84% of patients in our most recent study have found improvement in their quality of life, the human body is complex and can react in a variety of ways that can be impossible to predict. Unfortunately 16% may not see any improvement.

    If there is anything we can do for you moving forward please give us a call at (855) 313-1149 and we’d be happy to assist.

    -The Lung Institute

  15. PB

    10 months ago

    Dear Ronald,

    Thanks for your comment and for sharing some of your story. We’re sorry to hear that you have been going through such a difficult time with lung infections and COPD. Many people with COPD experience similar symptoms to yours such as difficulty breathing and coughing up phlegm. It’s important to discuss these symptoms and any other symptoms, questions, and concerns with your doctor. You can also read our article about 5 alternative remedies for COPD for more tips on ways to help you. For more information about possible stem cell therapy options, feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149 to speak with one of our qualified patient coordinators. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  16. Ronald

    10 months ago

    I have several ailments caused by Agent Orange exposure. I quit smoking several years ago; near the end of 2002 or very early 2003. Sometime around 2005 I was diagnosed with COPD. I was never bothered with it a great deal but the VA did give me one inhaler. Last May of 2015, I had pneumonia for more than a week before I had it treated. The only evidence was a cough getting out of hand and the VA doctor said I had pneumonia at that time which triggered off a severe case of COPD. Now I have a Nebulizer and another inhaler Symbicort. I also had a lung infection that antibiotics didn’t seem to help much. I am having a hard time breathing and coughing up the phlegm. Open to any good advice. Thank you very much.

    Ronald

  17. Sandy

    10 months ago

    I paid for treatment in August 2014 for stem cell therapy. So far, there has been no improvement in my COPD. I frankly can’t afford to do it again. Yes, I was told it may take a few times. Did make the remark that I sure hoped it would work as I could only be able to do one time. Good luck to all those considering this procedure. I am disappointed. Sandy

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  19. Cameron Kennerly

    10 months ago

    Hello Martha,

    Thanks for your comment. To determine whether you qualify for treatment our patient coordinators would have to get a bit more information from you regarding your current health and medical history. This is a reasonably quick process so please give us a call at (855) 313-1149 at your earliest convenience and we’d be happy to confirm your eligibility.

    We look forward to hearing from you Martha,

    -The Lung Institute

  20. Cameron Kennerly

    10 months ago

    Hello Greg,

    We appreciate your comment as well as your time and consideration in reviewing this article. Although large-scale outcomes data is still in development within this field of medicine, we are proud to push this science forward by presenting our most recent findings. In a pilot study reviewing the effects of stem cell therapy on approximately 100 patients we have published what we believe to be an inspiring snapshot of the effects of stem cell therapy on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. If you ever have any questions regarding stem cell therapy or tips for living with lung disease in general, please reach out to us at (855) 313-1149 and we’d be happy to assist.

    We welcome your feedback in our quest to better the quality of life for those suffering from COPD and other chronic lung diseases.

    -The Lung Institute

  21. Greg

    11 months ago

    I would like to see peer reviewed journal articles on your procedures. Certainly if you are asking people for several thousand dollars for the procedure you can provide peer-reviewed journal articles of “your procedures” and “your outcomes”. I have little trust in antidotal records. Anyone can say anything. I want to see what you have published in reputable peer-reviewed journals. I would also expect to see this post remain up with a response.

  22. Martha Mcgee

    11 months ago

    I have been diagnosed with severe emphysema….I also have nodules in both llungs but are not cancerous .. Would I be a candidate. 69 yes old

  23. elizabeth gundersen

    11 months ago

    i would have your treatment today if i had the money but i dont so i guess i have to die with copd

  24. Linda

    11 months ago

    I understand the harvesting of the stem cells and the processing and the reintroduction of them into the body via transfusion but a basic question — how do the stem cells in the circulatory system know where to go to set up housekeeping to help us breathe better? i.e. how do they go just to the lungs?

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  27. sh

    1 year ago

    Hello, Ange.

    Please contact one of our patient coordinators at (855) 313-1149. They’ll be happy to answer any questions that you may have.

    Best Regards,
    Steve

  28. Ange Dixon

    1 year ago

    I have stumbled on this site. It sounds very interesting. Would love to have more information, regarding the Stem Cell Treatment / Therapy.
    I am 68 with COPD. Looking for Help to better life.

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  30. Steve

    1 year ago

    I take cell food and also I put eight drops of 35% food grade HP and drink that it has done wonders for me also I put it in my Neb. when I take a treatment and that does work too also I put it in my cpap water apple cider vinegar works good to Braggs organic you buy that at walmart

  31. David Ebner

    1 year ago

    Susan,

    Thanks for your comment! You are absolutely correct in assuming that the sooner the disease is detected and treated, the better the outcome tends to be. We applaud your tenacity in researching your condition and possible treatment options. Starting a smoking cessation program is a great first step. Quitting smoking is very difficult, especially when it has been developed as a habit over decades as it commonly is. We look forward to chatting with you on the phone about stem cell therapy as a treatment option for your condition as well. If you need the number again, it is (855) 313-1149.

    Sincerely,

    David

  32. Susan

    1 year ago

    I have just been diagnosed with COPD. I have smoked for 45 years. I’m just learning about the condition now. I’m desperately trying to quit smoking. The Dr. Has said it’s probably mild but I suspect that if I don’t quit smoking as well as improve my nutrition, it will only progress. The Dr. Hasn’t prescribed any medications for it. I was given 2 types of inhalers years ago for asthma , that I have rarely ever used. I don’t have asthma attacks very often. The Dr. Told me to start using the maintenance inhaler regularly to prevent the progression of lung disease. I would like your opinion on that. I read the lady’s post about what’s happened to her as a result of using steroids. I’m on a quest to learn as much as I can & will also call the numbers you provided to learn more about your treatment. Perhaps it’s like other diseases if caught & treated early there’s a better chance of improvement.

  33. David Ebner

    1 year ago

    Donna,

    Thank you for your comment. We have treated many patients that have used fundraising campaigns to pay for their therapy. We’ve noticed that patients have seen the most success with Go Fund Me and Help Hope Live. Contacting these companies may be helpful in your search for funding. If you have questions about your candidacy for stem cell therapy, call us at (855) 313-1149.

    Sincerely,

    David

  34. Donna Lapp

    1 year ago

    Is there any funding for stem cell procedure to be done. Its a shame that insurance companies to cover it. I would have it done ASAP if the 15,000 was covered. Its hard living on 16,000 a year. Please, if you have any telephone numbers or addresses for funding of the stem cell procedure let me know. God Bless

  35. David giles

    1 year ago

    I am in my third month of treatment for COPD, which was done in Arizona office, Please let me advise all to have this treatment ASAP. I now feel that i have at least 25 to 30% more lung compacity I can now play golf three to four time a week with being out of breath or tired, my game has not improved, but my lungs have and it is event from comments from my friends, I don’t get out of breath like in past, lost of skin color etc. Please don’t hesitate please get this treatment.

  36. David PRATT

    1 year ago

    Boy I have so many questions I don’t know where to even start! But I am very interested. I look forward to finding out more about about it!

  37. David PRATT

    1 year ago

    Still very new to me ,don’t know very much just yet! Iam very eager to learn much about? im sure I will learn much more about in these coming days.

  38. David Ebner

    1 year ago

    James,

    Thanks for your comment. Consider reaching out to a dietitian or a herbalist to find out more. Like most areas of medicine, many physicians specialize in one area only. It doesn’t hurt to get advice from multiple sources. If you would like to learn more about stem cell therapy for COPD, call us at (855) 313-1149.

  39. James Reynolds

    1 year ago

    I would !ike to know more about this my Dr have never said a word about this.

  40. David Ebner

    2 years ago

    Gladys,
    Unfortunately, medical insurance—including Medicare—does not yet cover stem cell therapy for pulmonary conditions. We hope that will change soon. For an insurance provider like medicare to start covering a specific treatment, they need to see a finical cost savings over time. Since this treatment is relatively new, they have not yet been abel to make that distinction.
    We are not a research facility, we only offer treatments as a medical provider so we do not conduct studies like one you are referring to. Many of our patients are turning to fundraising sources such as Help Hope Live to raise money for treatment. To learn more about stem cell therapy, feel free to call one of our patient coordinators at (855) 313-1149.

    Sincerely,

    David

  41. Gladys iglesias

    2 years ago

    I would like to know if this stem cell treatment is covered by Medicare or do I pay outright? Why? I like your articles and would like to subscribe email me. I’m a 78 year old widow does this make a difference? The steroids I’ve had pumped into me by pills and inhalers has made my bones a real fracture risk. Is there hope for me as I really am not rich and money will be an issue. Your honest advice will be appreciated. Can I qualify as a study patient?

  42. martin

    2 years ago

    My Doctor said that I’m taking all the right medicines for my COPD. Noe he wants to put a scope down my throat go into the lungs and suck out the mucus thats being created inside me. the only problem i have is if you do it once won’t the mucus come back again and the you have to do it again and again I don’t think this is a good option for me.

  43. David Ebner

    2 years ago

    Dennis, thanks for the great information!

  44. Dennis Johnson

    2 years ago

    TURMERIC has kept me out of the hospital for almost 3 years now. Before, there was at least one ER visit a year, and usually 2 or 3. I take 500 mg, 3 times daily. It is “Standardized to 95% curcuminoids”. That is VERY important, just plain turmeric has only about 5%. And be sure the full 500 mg is 95%, labeling can be very misleading. 500 mg at 95% curcuminoids are the numbers you want! Super anti-oxidant as well as anti-inflammatory.

  45. David Ebner

    2 years ago

    Carlos,

    We’d love to chat with you further about your condition. Please contact us by calling (855) 313-1149. Our patient coordinator should be able to talk you through our treatment and whether or not you qualify. Thanks for reaching out!

    David

  46. David Ebner

    2 years ago

    Frank,

    We understand that finding a physician that meets your needs can be quite difficult. If you’d like to see if stem cell therapy is right for your specific condition, contact a patient coordinator at (855) 313-1149. Thanks for your comment!

    David

  47. David Ebner

    2 years ago

    Gary,

    Thanks for reaching out. I forwarded your question to Laurie, she will be getting in touch with you shortly.

    Sincerely,

    David

  48. carlos

    2 years ago

    i had lob removed and they say i hav copd can your tretment help

  49. Frank. Maiese

    2 years ago

    I would love to come and find out if you can help me. I just fired mydr. Because he lied to me telling me I had a mass in my lung when I had no such thing.

  50. Gary Lanning

    2 years ago

    I received a brochure and a business card from Laurie Lupcho and she has called however we have been away from our phone, I have called back but Laurie’s phone was busy.
    My phone number is 330-477-2661. We normally do not answer toll free or unidentifiable phone calls. What number will show up on my caller ID when you call?

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