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Treating Emphysema Naturally

7 Oct 2014
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Alternative Treatment Options

Emphysema is a progressive disease that is marked by continuous damage to the air sacs in the lung known as alveoli.  Someone suffering from emphysema has constant trouble breathing due to air becoming trapped in the lungs, not allowing for fresh, oxygen-rich air to enter. Treating emphysema naturally may seem like an impossible task for someone suffering from the disease, but natural remedies have been proven to help lessen the symptoms of emphysema.

How to Go About Treating Emphysema Naturally

Supplements

One supplement that some people use to increase the functioning of the airways is a Chinese mushroom called cordyceps. Although cordyceps are widely used in Asia, there has not been sufficient studies done in the United States. The risks and benefits of this supplement are greatly unknown.

Carotenoids are also sometimes recommended as a natural treatment for emphysema. This supplement can be found naturally in carrots, sweet potatoes, yellow squash and various leafy green vegetables. Carotenoids should always be used in moderation, especially in supplement form.

Diet

Your weight can affect the symptoms and general progression of your disease. For many people, it is healthy to lose weight during the early stages of the disease, but for others, weight may need to be gained during late stage emphysema. It is important to speak with a dietitian before embarking on a medically influenced diet, but here are some general go-to guidelines:

  • Lean meats – buy meat that has a low fat percentage. And before you cook it, trim as much fat off as possible. Stay away from read meat as much as possible.
  • Fruits and vegetables – always something that should be included in your diet. Stay away from apples, melons and avocados, which may cause gas and extra complications.
  • Potassium rich – look for foods contain high amounts of potassium like bananas, potatoes and tomatoes.
  • Salt is bad – watch out for salt as it can cause you to retain water and make it difficult to breathe.

Exercise

Contrary to what couch potatoes nation-wide believe, exercising is natural and needed. Monitored cardiovascular exercise can help improve your lung functioning by making them more efficient at supplying the bloodstream with oxygen. Taking a walk or an easy bike ride can make a difference in the long-term treatment of your disease.

Try various breathing exercises that will help you use all of your lungs when you breathe instead of just the top portion. There is no reason to rush your progress too quickly. Make sure to work with a physical trainer and your physician.

If you would like to find out more about our available treatment options, please contact one of our patient care coordinators today at (800) 729-3065 to schedule a free consultation.

 

 

2 Comments

  1. Cara Tompot

    2 years ago

    Hi Frances: Yes, exercise can definitely help you breathe a little easier. Here is a link to one of our blogs from Elyse, our resident fitness expert: http://goo.gl/Wu9zVW. She gives tips on how to exercise with a lung disease like emphysema. Additionally, here is a blog about various breathing exercises you can do to strengthen your lungs: http://goo.gl/ayDXcK. If you are interested in staying up-to-date with new exercise recommendations, we welcome you to subscribe to our blog and newsletter below. We have a new series on Tai Chi coming out in a few weeks.

    If you are interested in seeking stem cell therapy for your emphysema, one of our patient coordinators would be happy to speak with you. Our phone number is (855) 313.1149. Thanks for reaching out!

  2. FRANCES JORDAN

    2 years ago

    I HAVE SEVERE EMPHEZEMA. I HAVE 21% LUNG CAPACITY. I AM STILL CAPABLE OF TAKING CARE OF MY SELF. ARE THERE SOME EXERCISES I CAN DO TO HELP MY LUNGS FUNCTION MORE? I HAVE HAD LUNG VOLUMN REDUCTION ABOUT 6 YEARS AGO, GOT BACK MORE BREATH THAN ANY ONE HERE, I’M IN TAMPA,FL. CAN YOU GIVE ME SOME INFO ON MAYBE HELPING ME BREATH BETTER?

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