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Natural COPD Treatments
1. Avoid Smoke in Every Way
The most essential step in
conventional and natural treatment plan for COPD is the same — stop any and all
forms of smoking. Yes, this includes the electronic
cigarette. If you
smoke, this is the only way to keep COPD from getting worse.
In general, you should
avoid smoke of any kind. You should also avoid air pollution as much as
possible. If you’re not a smoker, then you definitely need to avoid places where
others smoke. Smoking yourself is definitely the worst thing you can do when it
comes to COPD, but secondhand smoke and air pollution can damage and irritate
your lungs too. (3)
(Even indoor fireplaces have been shown to create dangerous indoor air
Improve Your Breathing
There are techniques for
breathing that can help you breathe more efficiently with COPD. These breathing
techniques can also help improve breathing for people with asthma as well as
people who don’t currently have lung issues but want to optimize their
According to the American
Association for Respiratory Care, pursed-lip
breathing and diaphragmatic
increase your blood oxygen levels and help reduce shortness of breath. (4)
therapist can be
very helpful if you need assistance with breathing techniques.
Follow a Healthy Diet
A healthy diet can help
manage and improve COPD symptoms. Some foods in particular should be mainstays
when it comes to an anti-COPD diet while others should be majorly or entirely
avoided. Your diet should definitely have plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits
to ensure you’re getting lots of vitamins, minerals and fiber. Citrus fruits are
especially helpful because they contain quercetin.
Wild-caught fish, flaxseeds and chia seeds, along with other omega-3
foods, can provide
anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids.
If you’re suffering with
COPD symptoms, you definitely want to steer clear of conventional dairy since
pasteurized dairy is mucus-producing and can plug the airways in the lungs. You
always want to stay away from processed, canned and frozen foods and sugar as
well. Additives, preservatives and food dyes are also known for contributing to
breathing issues and even asthma attacks. (5)
Increase Water Intake Inside and Outside the Body
One of the common and
frustrating COPD symptoms is having mucus collect in your airways. This mucus
can be difficult to clear and result in persistent and uncontrollable coughing.
One internal way you can improve this mucus problem is by drinking plenty of
water throughout the day. Drink at least eight glasses of water daily to thin
mucus and stay
Externally, you can
increase the moisture content of the air in your home by using a humidifier.
Humidifiers can also help make breathing easier. I like using one while I’m
sleeping at night. (7)
When you’re having trouble
breathing, exercise might seem like a terrible idea, but being sedentary won’t
do anything to help your COPD symptoms. By regularly getting exercise,
workouts, you can
strengthen your respiratory muscles and improve your overall endurance. (8)
About 40 percent of people
with COPD experience high levels of depression and anxiety, which makes it even
more difficult to quit smoking and comply with treatment. Exercise also
increases endorphin levels, which improves mood, reduces
depression and anxiety,
and makes it easier to quit smoking.
Use Eucalyptus Oil
Eucalyptus oil can
be very helpful for people with COPD. A study in Respiratory
that cineole, the main constituent of eucalyptus essential oil, actually reduced
exacerbations in people with COPD. It also reduced dyspnea (shortness
of breath), and improved lung function as well as health status overall.
Furthermore, the research suggested that cineole is an active controller and
reducer of airway inflammation in COPD. (9)
To get the benefits of
cineole, you can use eucalyptus oil in a diffuser and/or humidifier and breath
in the anti-inflammatory air. (Eucalyptus oil isn’t suitable around young
Ginseng is an herbal
supplement that improves lung function and also decrease bacteria in the lungs.
Panax ginseng in particular has a long history of use in Chinese medicine for
respiratory conditions, including asthma and COPD.
A recent study published in
the journal Complementary
Therapies in Medicinehighlighted
ginseng and ginsenosides (active components of ginseng) appear to inhibit
processes related to the development of COPD. (10)
Supplementing with NAC helps
decrease the severity and frequency of asthma attacks and improves overall lung
function by increasing glutathione levels and thinning bronchial mucus. Glutathione fights
stress in the
respiratory tract, which can make NAC a powerful and effective natural treatment
for COPD. (11)
Cold and Crowds
When you have COPD
symptoms, it’s important to avoid things that make them even worse. I already
told you that smoke and pollution are absolutely key to avoid. Another thing to
be aware of is the fact that cold air can trigger bronchospasm,
a sudden constriction in the muscles of airway walls that leads to shortness of
breath. If the weather is really chilly, it’s a smart idea to avoid or reduce
your time outdoors. You can also help your symptoms by putting on a face mask
before going out into very cold temperatures. (12)
hazard to avoid, especially if you have been prone to respiratory infections, is
large crowds. Since respiratory infections can cause COPD symptoms to worsen,
the less you’re in big crowds the lower your risk of being exposed to infectious
germs. By no means am I encouraging you to be a hermit and never go to a mall
again — I just want you to be smart and not unnecessarily put yourself in
situations that could make your symptoms any worse.
As with all health issues
and diseases, stress only makes COPD symptoms, like airway inflammation and
shortness of breath, worse. By reducing your daily stress and managing stress in
healthy ways, you’re more relaxed, and this has a direct positive effect on your
COPD symptoms. (13)
If you suffer from COPD,
you should make time every day to relax both mentally and physically. Try some
of these natural stress
relievers to start.
Away From Chemicals
In a 2015 study looking at
167 participants diagnosed with COPD, more than 60 percent of participants
reported cleaning supplies as a trigger for COPD symptoms. More than 50 percent
of participants reported trouble after being exposed to perfumes, scented
candles or insect spray. About 50 percent reported hairspray as a problem for
their COPD. (14)
By using natural
DIY household products, you can avoid chemicals and improve your
pulmonary disease is an umbrella term that includes emphysema, chronic
bronchitis and sometimes asthma. Here are some alarming stats on COPD:
According to the CDC,
smoking accounts for as many as eight out of 10 COPD-related deaths.
However, as many as one out of four Americans with COPD never smoked
A hallmark symptom of
COPD is shortness of breath that gets worse over time. It’s often
accompanied by a phlegm-producing cough and episodes of wheezing.
Typically, the first
symptoms of emphysema occur in heavy smokers in their mid-50s.
Shortness of breath
occurs with chronic bronchitis, but it may not be as severe during rest as
it is in people with emphysema.
Classic symptoms of an
asthma attack are coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath (dyspnea).
People with chronic
asthma can get airway obstruction that makes them more likely to develop
percent of those with COPD experience high levels of depression and anxiety,
making it more difficult to comply with treatment and quit smoking.
COPD in the U.S.: (15)
Women were more likely
to report COPD than men (6.7 percent vs. 5.2 percent).
Prevalence is lower
among homemakers, students and the employed than among those who are unable
to work, unemployed or retired.
Prevalence decreases as
income increases (from 9.9 percent among those making less than $25,000 a
year to 2.8 percent among those making more than $75,000).
36.4 percent of those
reporting COPD were former smokers.
38.7 percent of those
reporting COPD continued to smoke.
43.7 percent of those
reporting COPD had a history of asthma.
COPD Risk Factors & Root Causes
In developed countries, the
central cause of COPD is tobacco smoking. In the developing world, COPD often
occurs in people exposed to fumes from burning fuel for cooking and heating in
poorly ventilated homes.
Root causes and risk
factors for COPD include: (16)
Smoking — By
far, the biggest risk factor for COPD is long-term cigarette smoking. The
more years you smoke and the more cigarettes you smoke daily, the greater
your risk for developing the disease. People who smoke pipes, cigars and
marijuana are also at risk.
Tobacco smoke exposure —
People exposed to large amounts of secondhand smoke are also at risk.
People with asthma who smoke — The
combination of asthma and smoking increases the risk of COPD even more.
Occupational exposure to chemicals and dusts — Long-term
exposure to chemical fumes, vapors and dusts in the workplace or elsewhere
can irritate and inflame your lungs.
COPD develops slowly over years. The majority of sufferers are at least 35
to 40 years old when symptoms begin.
Genetics — In about
1 percent of people with COPD, the disease results from a genetic disorder
that causes low levels of a protein called alpha-1 antitrypsin.
Alpha-1-antitrypsin is made in the liver and secreted into the bloodstream
to help protect the lungs. Other genetic factors also likely make certain
smokers more susceptible to the disease.
following groups are more likely to report COPD: (17)
Current or former
Those with a history of
People aged 65–74 years
Individuals who are
unemployed, retired or unable to work
Individuals with less
than a high school education
People with lower
Individuals who are
divorced, widowed or separated
COPD in Women
Deaths resulting from COPD
are higher in women than in men. There are a few reasons why this happens: (18)
In the late 1960s, the
tobacco industry intensely targeted women. This resulted in a huge increase
in women smoking. We are still seeing new cases of smoking-related diseases,
including COPD, as women age.
Women are more
vulnerable than men to lung damage from cigarette smoke and other
pollutants. Their lungs are smaller, and estrogen plays a role in worsening
Women are often
misdiagnosed. Because COPD has long been thought of as a man’s disease, many
doctors still don’t expect to see it in women and miss the proper diagnosis.
COPD Symptoms Takeaways
COPD is the third
leading cause of death in the U.S. More than 11 million people in the
U.S. are diagnosed with COPD, while an estimated 24 million may have the
disease without even realizing it.
include shortness of breath while doing everyday activities or during
physical activities, chronic cough, wheezing, chest tightness, frequent
respiratory infections, blueness of the lips or fingernail beds, general
fatigue and lack of energy, producing a lot of mucus or phlegm, having
to clear your throat first thing in the morning due to excess mucus in
your lungs and unintended weight loss (in later stages). People with
COPD are likely to experience episodes called exacerbations. This is
when symptoms become worse than usual and persist for at least several
There are four
stages of COPD: Stage 1, very mild COPD; Stage 2, moderate COPD; Stage
3, severe emphysema/chronic bronchitis; Stage 4, very severe COPD.
To naturally treat
COPD symptoms, avoid smoking in every form, improve breathing, follow a
healthy diet, increase water intake inside and outside the body,
exercise, use eucalyptus oil, consume ginseng, take NAC, avoid cold and
crowds, and reduce stress.
The root causes and
risk factors for COPD include smoking, tobacco smoke exposure, having
asthma and smoking, occupational exposure to chemicals and dusts, age,
and genetics. In addition, deaths resulting from COPD are higher in
women than in men.
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