Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a debilitating lung disease, meaning that it worsens over time without proper treatment and symptom management. The progression of the disease goes through four stages, from mild to very severe. It is characterized by a restriction of airflow into and out of the lungs that makes breathing difficult. COPD is the umbrella term for sufferers who have been diagnosed with or show signs of emphysema and/or chronic bronchitis. Stem cell treatment for COPD is an emerging option for people suffering from this condition.
Treatment for COPD
Unfortunately, there isn’t a known cure for COPD, but that does not mean that the disease can’t be treated. Many physicians prescribe bronchodilators to help expand the airways, allowing more airflow to and from the lungs. Also, it is common that a COPD treatment plan to include a regiment of breathing and aerobic exercise to rehabilitate some pulmonary functioning. For people in the most severe stages of COPD, supplemental oxygen is also used for treatment. Although most of these treatments are helpful, they do not assistance in the reversal of any symptoms, they are simply used to deter the progression of the disease.
Natural Treatment for COPD
Say Goodbye to Smoking
This is a no-brainer. Smoking with COPD certainly won’t make things any easier, and it could negate any other changes you make in your life. The more a person smokes, the more likely that person will develop COPD. Find help to kick the habit for good. You’ll be amazed at what happens when you quit smoking.
Improved Air Quality
The air quality where you spend most of your time can easily be improved by keeping humidity low and your home well-ventilated. Get rid of any signs of mold or mildew and ensure all appliances are vented to the outside. Household cleaners, grooming products, air fresheners and even pets can worsen the symptoms of your COPD.
Limit Your Salt Intake
The more salt that you consume, the more water you retain, and with retained water comes greater breathing difficulties. Keep track of how much water you are drinking every day. Become a label-reader and avoid high-salt foods or adding table salt to your plate.
While there are mixed reviews of many supplements and their effects on COPD, vitamin D has received some positive feedback. In a study by Belgium scientists, they found that vitamin D levels are often low in COPD patients and vitamin D supplementation can help increase respiratory muscle strength.
Stem Cell Therapy
In the case of COPD, autologous stem cells are used, meaning they come from the patient’s own body, and can be found in adult bone marrow and/or in the patient’s venous blood. Stem cells derived from bone marrow or blood have the capacity to form many types of differentiated cells. During the procedure, stem cell treatment involves isolating adult stem cells from bone marrow and blood, which requires special laboratory techniques to collect them. After being extracted from the patient’s body, they are isolated. Then they are given back to the patient intravenously. The treatment is minimally invasive and typically an outpatient procedure. The procedure should be performed in a clinical setting under the supervision of a professional.
It takes a physician that has sought specific training to perform stem cell therapy adequately and safely. If you would like to find out more about our available natural treatment for COPD, please contact one of our patient care coordinators today at (800) 729-3065 to schedule a free consultation.