Alternative Treatment for Pulmonary Fibrosis
If you have been diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis, seeking alternative treatment may be important to you. Because this interstitial lung disease is progressive and will continue to worsen over time, some form of treatment will more than likely be necessary to continue to participate in everyday life. Traditional treatment options, such as medication or oxygen therapy, have proven effective for many people with this disease. They do not work for everyone, however, and often come with adverse side effects.
A few of the natural pulmonary fibrosis treatment options that some individuals have found success with include:
- Herbal supplements — Many people supplement their diet with herbal remedies to address their pulmonary fibrosis symptoms. Popular herbs used to treat this condition include ginseng, which helps relieve the fatigue that often accompanies a lung disease, and herbs with anti-inflammatory properties, such as ashwagandha and licorice root.
- Smoking cessation — While smoking may not be the direct cause of a person’s pulmonary fibrosis, continuing to smoke will only contribute to faster progression of the disease.
- Diet changes — Ensuring that the body is receiving sufficient vitamins and nutrients each day can help the lungs feel better and potentially make breathing easier. Diet changes, such as eating more fruits and vegetables, can have a big impact on an individual’s overall health.
The Lung Institute also offers an alternative treatment for interstitial lung disease: cellular therapy. This innovative treatment has been shown to potentially slow the progression of pulmonary fibrosis and improve lung function. The treatment is completely natural and utilize autologous cells, meaning the cells are derived from the patient’s own body, so the risk of rejection is nearly nonexistent.