What Are the Alternative Treatments Available for COPD?

Some alternative and complementary therapies may help relieve your symptoms and improve your quality of life. Standard COPD treatment have not been proven effective in large scientific studies. Herbal remedies and dietary supplements are essential in treating COPD. Vitamins C and E, omega-3 fatty acids and eucalyptus oil are common natural remedies. Vitamin C and E are very helpful to improve lung function, especially for male.

What’s more, mind-body approaches help patients relieve anxiety, depression. It’s important to manage your negative thought and stress levels. Meditation, yoga and other relaxation techniques may improve your quality of life. Some other alternative treatments for COPD include acupuncture, kind of physical treatment. But it cannot replace the current medical treatment for COPD.

Lifestyle changes can do much more good than you imagine. Adjusting your daily habit can also make a big difference to your health when you have COPD. Quit smoking is the first. You should pay attention to protect your lungs, preventing them from toxic chemicals and pollution. Drink plenty of water and use a humidifier to keep secretions from becoming too thick. Infection is one of the major causes of COPD, so it’s important to get vaccinated against the flu, cough and pneumonia. To prevent you from infection and outside bacteria, wash your hands regularly to lower your chances of getting lung and respiratory infections. Get plenty of sleep and rest is also important.

Medication is effective. Alternative medicines in the alternative treatments for COPD have been proven effective. It can control COPD by relieving the symptoms like shortness of breath and cough. More importantly, it can prevent acute COPD exacerbations.

There are many medicine choices. Here is a list of them:

  1. Bronchodilators: are often used to open or relax your airways and help your shortness of breath.
  • Short-acting bronchodilators ease your symptoms. They are considered a good first choice for treating COPD. (Anticholinergics, beta2-agonists, a combination of the two)
  • Long-acting bronchodilators help prevent breathing problems. They are used when the symptoms do not go away. (anticholinergics such as aclidinium, tiotropium, or umeclidinium, beta2-agonists, a combination of the two)
  1. Phosphodiesterase-4 inhibitors
  2. Corticosteroids: often used when you have asthma
  3. Other medicines include methylxanthines, which generally are used for severe cases of COPD. They will cause serious side effects.

The last step for treating COPD is surgery. Lung transplantation may increase your life expectancy. However, surgery itself is dangerous. It will take you a long period to recover from it. Also, it may impose more burden on your body.

No matter you use medication or other physical therapies, they are just traditional ways. Traditional ways can just treat COPD symptoms. There is another new therapy called stem cell therapy. It makes it possible to reverse the disease’s effects. It has the ability of regenerating healthy respiratory organ tissues that can start a process of erasing the consequences of COPD.

 

* The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.