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When you live with a chronic condition, such as a chronic lung disease, it can be frustrating to find the best treatment options for you. Because everyone is different and every condition affects people differently, knowing what to try and what to avoid can add extra stress to an already stressful situation. While there are several traditional treatment options for people with COPD and other chronic lung diseases, there are also helpful natural COPD treatments.
What are natural COPD treatments?
Natural COPD treatments are also known as holistic COPD treatments. These alternative ways to treat lung disease naturally include lifestyle modifications, dietary supplements, herbs, acupuncture and chiropractic. Studies about acupuncture and chiropractic care have shown that people with COPD have found relief from some of their symptoms. Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine that involves placing thin needles into strategic points on the body, and chiropractic care involves chiropractic adjustments along with other modalities. Here are some other natural COPD treatments:
- Herbs–Peppermint, Oregano, Turmeric and Osha Root can all ease COPD symptoms and reduce inflammation.
- Dietary Supplements–Vitamins D and E, Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Eucalyptus work to reduce inflammation and expel phlegm, clearing the lungs.
- Stress Reduction–Reducing stress promotes relaxation, which makes breathing deeper easier.
- Exercise–Increase exercise tolerance, improve lung function and improve oxygen levels with gentle exercises like walking, yoga and Tai Chi.
- Eat Healthy–Eat foods rich in antioxidants like grapes, blueberries and nuts, and make sure to eat a balanced lung-healthy meal.
What are traditional treatments for COPD?
Traditional treatment options for people with COPD include medications, inhalers, oxygen therapy, pulmonary rehabilitation, and in severe cases, lung reduction or lung transplant. While these options can extend your lifespan, they only treat the symptoms of the condition rather than treat the condition itself. For example, according to the National Institutes of Health, about 78 percent of patients survive the first year after receiving a lung transplant, and this percentage decreases with each following year. Only about 63 percent survive 3 years after the surgery, and about 51 percent make it to 5 years.
Where can I go to learn more about natural COPD treatments?
The Lung Institute also offers COPD treatment options through alternative treatments for COPD with stem cell therapy. Highly trained Lung Institute medical professionals extract the patient’s stem cells from blood or bone marrow tissue, and then they separate the cells and return them to the patient. Once in circulation, the stem cells can begin to promote the healing of lung tissue, potentially improving lung function. The Lung Institute is happy to answer your questions about stem cell therapy options. With clinics nationwide, we are here to help you every step of the way. For more information about natural COPD treatments at the Lung Institute, about how stem cell therapy can be used to battle lung disease and how you could improve your quality of life, feel free to contact us today at (800) 729-3065.