COPD Alternative Treatments
COPD is the progressive disease of lungs. In this disease, there is inflammation in the airways of the lungs that makes these spaces narrow. As the airways become narrow, there is difficulty in breathing. This reduces the amount of oxygen in the blood and increases the amount of carbon dioxide in the blood. This can be very dangerous to life and can invite life-threatening symptoms. There is no treatment, which can cure this disease completely; some treatments can be taken to reduce severity of the disease and progression of the diseases. You can also opt for some COPD alternative treatments apart from medications and surgery.
There are many alternative methods such as acupuncture, massage, aromatherapy, etc. that will help you in relieving from the symptoms of COPD. Along with these treatments, you should take some preventive measures for better results of the treatment. Avoiding exposure to these agents will also reduce the risk of COPD.
Preventive measures for COPD:
- Avoid exposure to pollutants at work that cause respiratory problems
- You should also avoid smoking and chewing tobacco
- Avoid exposure to pollutants in the air
- Do not maintain contact with people who have respiratory disorders or infections that are contiguous
- Include lots of fluids in your diet
- Avoid high altitudes and exposure to excessive cold and hot climatic conditions
- Try to breathe in fresh air as far as possible
Alternative measures for COPD:
A good and healthy diet that contains all the essential nutrients should be given to the patients; this will help prevent the symptoms from getting worse. Adequate amount of antioxidants should be included in the diet. These antioxidants help in reducing the oxidative damage caused to the cells of the lungs due to smoking and tobacco chewing. Rich sources of antioxidants are vitamin E and vitamin C. Include fruits and vegetables containing these vitamins in your diet.
Acupuncture is also very helpful in treating COPD. In acupuncture, various pressure points are detected in the patient and small steel needles, especially designed for this treatment are inserted into these pressure points. In this treatment, sometimes, herbs are also used. This treatments helps in decreasing breathlessness and help in improving functionality of lungs. It thus prevents progressiveness of COPD. This treatment is also useful in helping the patient quit smoking.
This method of treatment is also helpful in treating COPD symptoms to some extent. In aromatherapy, volatile plant materials such as essential oils are used in altering the mood of the patients. They make use of aromatic components of plant origin. However, effects shown in this treatment are slow.
Ionized air treatment is also found to be beneficial in treating patients of COPD or any other type of chronic lungs diseases.
Many herbs such as Echinacea, Licorice root, Astralgalus root, ginger, etc. in treatment of COPD. These herbs help in reducing the infection that can be caused to the respiratory track and prevent the condition from getting worse. Before using these herbs in the treatment of COPD, you should know the risk factors linked with these herbs, and make safe use of these herbs.
Stem cell therapy:
Stem cell therapy is used in the treatment of COPD. Stem cell therapy is the new treatment for COPD. This therapy is recently found to be effective in the treatment of COPD, and many other diseases like asthma, diabetes mellitus, heart diseases and other lung diseases. Two types of stem cells are used in this therapy. One is embryonic stem cell, derived from a blastocyst and the other is adult’s stem cells, which is derived from umbilical cord, bone marrow, placenta, blood cells, skin cells and many other tissues.
However, stem cell therapy is found to be useful in the treatment of COPD, there is much more controversies going on in the world on the use of stem cells for treatment of COPD. This treatment helps in repairing the damage caused to the lungs, due to inhalation of nicotine from smoke. It also helps in reducing the inflammation caused to the lungs and the airways. There are some risks such as tumor formation, faulty migration of cell, etc. involved in this therapy.
The above alternative treatments for COPD can be used under proper guidance for treating COPD.