Millions of people suffer from COPD, and many more are at risk for developing the disease. If you or someone you love is one of these people, it’s important to know about the natural remedies that can help relieve some of the symptoms. In this article, we will discuss five of these remedies and how they can help.
What is COPD?
COPD, or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, is a disease that makes it hard to breathe, and includes symptoms such as coughing, shortness of breath, wheezing, and chest tightness. The leading cause of COPD is cigarette smoke, but COPD can also be caused by long-term exposure to dust, air pollution and chemical fumes. COPD is the third leading cause of death in the United States. This disease progressively gets worse over time. Since there is no cure for COPD, natural remedies are a must to help alleviate the symptoms and slow the progress of the disease.
Natural Remedies for COPD
If you have COPD, or suspect that you may have COPD, you should definitely see a doctor first. Having said that, not only will these natural remedies for COPD improve your condition, they are also excellent methods to use in every day life, COPD sufferer or not.
1) Quit Smoking
If you have COPD and still smoke cigarettes, quitting can be the most important lifestyle change you make. COPD sufferers that smoke lose lung tissue at a much faster rate than non-smokers. I know, saying “quit smoking” doesn’t really have an impact on someone addicted to cigarettes. Cigarettes are more addictive than most illegal drugs, and quitting is easier said than done.
Having support while trying to quit smoking is a must. Another great way to get assistance during this tough time is to try healing crystals.
Healing crystals are often overlooked as a natural remedy for all types of ailments. Their vibrations resonate with your body and provide powerful healing. There’s no harm in trying, you will be pleasantly surprised. What does this have to do with quitting smoking? Well, there is a powerful crystal that is known for it’s ability to help people overcome addictions. Amethyst! Try placing this crystal on your navel several times a day to help overcome those urges to smoke. Wearing Amethyst in a necklace has also improved symptoms of lung problems in many people.
2) Herbs and Supplements
There are many over-the-counter natural supplements and herbs you can take to help alleviate your symptoms. Even certain foods have amazing benefits. Always consult your physician before taking any natural supplements.
Vitamin E has shown to improve lung function in some studies on COPD patients.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids are essential fats everyone needs. Along with their many health benefits, your body needs these fatty acids to function. They have been known to help with breathing and reducing inflammation, and you can find them as a supplement or in certain foods. Food like cold-water fatty fish, canola oil, walnuts, soybeans and flaxseed contain Omega-3 fatty acids.
Antioxidants can also help with inflammation. You can find antioxidants in sweet potatoes, kale, turmeric, green tea, red grapes, broccoli and tomatoes.
3) Reduce Stress and Anxiety
Stress and anxiety can exacerbate symptoms of COPD. Reducing stress is easier said than done, but there is growing evidence that meditation and breathing techniques can help reduce stress and anxiety. Click here to read my article on how to meditate effectively! Be sure to take time out each day to meditate or relax to help relieve your stress.
There are also many healing crystals that have been known to reduce levels of stress and anxiety. Two of my favorite stones for reducing anxiety are Howlite and Celestite. Howlite is known as a calming stone and is excellent for decreasing stress and anxiety. Celestite is a high frequency crystal that brings mental calmness. You can also use Lapis Lazuli, Amazonite, Amethyst and Ametrine for anxiety.
4) Essential Oils
Another excellent natural way to relieve some of your symptoms is to use essential oils. Using a diffuser to disperse the fragrances into the air will prove very effective for relieving even the most problematic symptoms. Click this link to check out the reviews for a variety of essential oil diffusers, since you will definitely need one for your essential oils.
I have found that the best essential oil for COPD sufferers is Eucalyptus Oil. Eucalyptus is a common expectorant and will provide much relief by being dispersed into the air of your home. Also, Eucalyptus Oil kills germs and bacteria in the air.
5) Stay Active
Regular exercise is very important to keeping those COPD symptoms in check. It may sound counterproductive when you have a breathing condition, but keeping active actually strengthens your respiratory muscles. Therefore, exercise will improve your breathing, endurance and overall strength. You will also want to avoid going out into the cold as much as possible, because cold air can aggravate your symptoms.
In addition to the natural remedies I have mentioned, there are also a few other things you can do to help alleviate your symptoms.
Drink lots of fluids, especially water. This will help keep your mucus thin and easier to expel when you cough. Avoid sugary drinks like sodas and juices, as they can make your symptoms worse.
Use a humidifier in your home, especially during the winter months when the air is drier. This will help keep your respiratory system moist and functioning properly.
Avoid tobacco smoke and smoky environments as much as possible. Second-hand smoke is just as harmful to COPD sufferers as smoking cigarettes.
Visit a Physician
These 5 Natural Remedies for COPD will greatly improve the way you feel and slow down the progression of the disease, but remember to see a doctor regularly. If you know anyone with COPD that would benefit from this information, please share! I would also love to have your input on natural remedies. Please leave a comment below!