Natural herbal & homeopathic remedies for Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

COPD - Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

· General Description

· Symptoms

· Causes

· Herbal & Homeopathic Remedies

· Helpful Dietary Habits

· Dos and Don'ts

Natural herbal & homeopathic products for Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

General description and overview of Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
(COPD) is a lung disease in which the lungs are damaged, making it hard to breathe. In COPD, the airways—the tubes that carry air in and out of your lungs—are partly obstructed, making it difficult to get air in and out.

Cigarette smoking is the most common cause of COPD. Most people with COPD are smokers or former smokers. Breathing in other kinds of lung irritants, like pollution, dust, or chemicals, over a long period of time may also cause or contribute to COPD.

The airways branch out like an upside-down tree, and at the end of each branch are many small, balloon-like air sacs called alveoli. In healthy people, each airway is clear and open. The air sacs are small and dainty, and both the airways and air sacs are elastic and springy. When you breathe in, each air sac fills up with air like a small balloon; when you breathe out, the balloon deflates, and the air goes out. In COPD, the airways and air sacs lose their shape and become floppy. Less air gets in and less air goes out because:

  • The airways and air sacs lose their elasticity (like an old rubber band).

  • The walls between many of the air sacs are destroyed.

  • The walls of the airways become thick and inflamed (swollen).

  • Cells in the airways make more mucus (sputum) than usual, which tends to clog the airways.

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The illustration show the respiratory system and cross-sections of healthy alveoli and alveoli with COPD

The illustration show the respiratory system and
cross-sections of healthy alveoli and alveoli with COPD.

COPD can result from chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both.

Chronic bronchitis is defined as a constant cough and excessive mucus production that lasts for at least three months for more than two consecutive years. In chronic bronchitis, the linings of the bronchial tubes are inflamed and thickened, leading to an increase in the number and size of mucus-producing cells. This in turn contributes to cough and difficulty getting air in and out of the lungs.

Emphysema is characterized by damage to the lungs, which causes them to lose their elasticity, forming pockets of dead air called bullae. In emphysema, the alveoli (tiny air sacs in the lungs) are damaged, also leading to shortness of breath. In the emphysema type of COPD, the walls between many of the air sacs are destroyed, leading to a few large air sacs instead of many tiny ones. Consequently, the lung looks like a sponge with many large bubbles or holes in it, instead of a sponge with very tiny holes. The large air sacs have less surface area for the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide than healthy air sacs. Poor exchange of the oxygen and carbon dioxide causes shortness of breath.

Chronic bronchitis and emphysema are generally caused by prolonged use of tobacco. Although chronic bronchitis and emphysema are distinct conditions, smokers and former smokers often have aspects of both. Long time cigarette smoking can deplete levels of an enzyme called alpha-1 anti-trypsin. Normal levels of alpha-1 anti-trypsin help protect the lungs from damage. There is a less common form of emphysema that can occur in non-smokers. It is caused by an inherited deficiency of this enzyme


Most people with COPD have both chronic bronchitis and emphysema.


COPD develops slowly, and it may be many years before you notice symptoms like feeling short of breath. Most of the time, COPD is diagnosed in middle-aged or older people.


COPD is a major cause of death and illness, and it is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States and throughout the world.


There is no cure for COPD. The damage to your airways and lungs cannot be reversed, but there are things you can do to feel better and slow the damage.


COPD is not contagious—you cannot catch it from someone else.

How the Lungs Work

The lungs provide a very large surface area (the size of a football field) for the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide between the body and the environment.

A slice of normal lung looks like a pink sponge filled with tiny bubbles or holes. These bubbles, surrounded by a fine network of tiny blood vessels, give the lungs a large surface to exchange oxygen (into the blood where it is carried throughout the body) and carbon dioxide (out of the blood). This process is called gas exchange. Healthy lungs do this very well.

Here is how normal breathing works:

  • You breathe in air through your nose and mouth. The air travels down through your windpipe (trachea) then through large and small tubes in your lungs called bronchial tubes. The larger tubes are bronchi, and the smaller tubes are bronchioles. Sometimes the word "airways" is used to refer to the various tubes or passages that air must travel through from the nose and mouth into the lungs. The airways in your lungs look something like an upside-down tree with many branches.

  • At the ends of the small bronchial tubes, there are groups of tiny air sacs called alveoli. The air sacs have very thin walls, and small blood vessels called capillaries run in the walls. Oxygen passes from the air sacs into the blood in these small blood vessels. At the same time, carbon dioxide passes from the blood into the air sacs. Carbon dioxide, a normal byproduct of the body's metabolism, must be removed.

This picture explains the transfer of oxygen of inhaled air into the blood and of waste carbon di-oxide of blood into the lungs occur in the alveolus - COPD

The airways and air sacs in the lung are normally elastic—that is, they try to spring back to their original shape after being stretched or filled with air, just the way a new rubber band or balloon would. This elastic quality helps retain the normal structure of the lung and helps to move the air quickly in and out. In COPD, much of the elastic quality is gone, and the airways and air sacs no longer bounce back to their original shape. This means that the airways collapse, like a floppy hose, and the air sacs tend to stay inflated. The floppy airways obstruct the airflow out of the lungs, leading to an abnormal increase in the lungs' size. In addition, the airways may become inflamed and thickened, and mucus-producing cells produce more mucus, further contributing to the difficulty of getting air out of the lungs.

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Symptoms of Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

Symptoms of COPD develop gradually and may initially include:

  • Ongoing cough, often with phlegm that may be hard to "bring up"

  • Sputum (mucus) production

  • Shortness of breath during exertion

  • Wheezing (a whistling or squeaky sound when you breathe), especially when exhaling

  • Chest tightness

  • In more advanced stages, people may experience:

  • Rapid changes in the ability to breathe

  • Shortness of breath even at rest

  • Excessive mucus production and impaired ability to eliminate mucus

  • Progressive difficulty exhaling

  • Wheezing

  • Recurrent respiratory infections

  • Decreased exercise tolerance, including walking upstairs or carrying small packages

  • Confusion

  • Frequent waking during sleep

The severity of the symptoms depends on how much of the lung has been destroyed. If you continue to smoke, the lung destruction is faster than if you stop smoking.

Natural remedies and symptoms of Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). A cough that does not go away and coughing up lots of mucus are common signs of COPD. These often occur years before the flow of air in and out of the lungs is reduced. However, not everyone with a cough and sputum production goes on to develop COPD, and not everyone with COPD has a cough.


Causes of Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

Smoking Is the Most Common Cause of COPD

Most cases of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) develop after repeatedly breathing in fumes and other things that irritate and damage the lungs and airways. Cigarette smoking is the most common irritant that causes COPD. Pipe, cigar, and other types of tobacco smoke can also cause COPD, especially if the smoke is inhaled. Breathing in other fumes and dusts over a long period of time may also cause COPD. The lungs and airways are highly sensitive to these irritants. They cause the airways to become inflamed and narrowed, and they destroy the elastic fibers that allow the lung to stretch and then return to its resting shape. This makes breathing air in and out of the lungs more difficult.

Other things that may irritate the lungs and contribute to COPD include:

  • Working around certain kinds of chemicals and breathing in the fumes for many years, e.g. work exposure to toxic chemicals such as silica or cadmium

  • Working in a dusty area over many years

  • Heavy exposure to air pollution like industrial smoke, excessive dust, or other air pollutants (for example, miners, furnace workers, and grain farmers)

  • Being around secondhand smoke (smoke in the air from other people smoking cigarettes) also plays a role in an individual developing COPD.

  • A person who has had frequent and severe lung infections, especially during childhood, may have a greater chance of developing lung damage that can lead to COPD.


Tiny bits of information in your body cells passed on by your parents—may play a role in developing COPD. In rare cases, COPD is caused by a gene-related disorder called alpha 1 antitrypsin deficiency. Alpha 1 antitrypsin (an-te-TRIP-sin) is a protein in your blood that inactivates destructive proteins. People with antitrypsin deficiency have low levels of alpha 1 antitrypsin; the imbalance of proteins leads to the destruction of the lungs and COPD. If people with this condition smoke, the disease progresses more rapidly.

Herbal supplements & homeopathic medicines for Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Most people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are smokers, or were, smokers in the past. People with a family history of COPD are more likely to get the disease if they smoke, especially if they have a history of smoking one pack per day for 20 years or the equivalent (for example, 2 packs per day for 10 years).


Herbal & homeopathic remedies useful in Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

There is currently no cure for COPD, although there are various treatment options that can help reduce symptoms and prevent complications. The first step in COPD treatment is to quit smoking and learning to avoid lung irritants which can worsen the condition.

In addition to quitting smoking, medications to help breathing such as bronchodilators, anticholinergic drugs, or corticosteroids may be prescribed. In some cases, where COPD is severe, supplementary oxygen may be beneficial.

Oxygen is provided from an oxygen cylinder or concentrator and administered through oxygen mask or nasal tubing. Lastly, some cases of COPD can benefit from surgery where some of the damaged tissue is removed, allowing the healthy tissue to work better.

One of the common symptoms of COPD is the build up of excessive chest mucus and for this there are a number of homeopathic remedies that can help. Kali mur is one such ingredient and it is well known for its beneficial affects of the respiratory system and its ability to ease wet coughs.

Similarly, Kali sulph is excellent at naturally treating phlegm coughs and sinus congestions, as well as reducing inflammation of the mucous membranes. Kali bich also works on soothing irritated mucous membranes, especially in the lungs, and helps loosen thick chest mucus.

  • Kali phos. (D6) is a biochemic tissue salt that is often called ‘nature’s pacifier’. It has a relaxing effect on the nerves and throughout the body and helps to support healthy breathing

  • Nat sulph. (D6) is a biochemic tissue salt that is classically used as a natural bronchial tonic and helps to soothe the respiratory tract

  • Astragalus membranaceus is a tonic herb that has been confirmed by clinical research to be effective in strengthening immune system functioning. It also has antispasmodic and antibacterial properties.

  • Arsen alb. (C6) is often used to prevent bronchospasm caused by cold air and in the early morning.

  • Phosphorus (C6) is used homeopathically to treat and prevent respiratory problems linked to anxiety.

  • Hypoxis Rooperi (extract of African Potato): Hypoxis contains phytosterols and sterolins, which help to modulate the effect of the immune system. Research has shown the beneficial effect of plant sterols and sterolins on the immune system. Research done on a group of volunteers demonstrated a significant increase in the number of T-cells, which are involved in enhancing immunity.

  • Agothosma betulina (Buchu): This is a urinary antiseptic and possesses diuretic properties. Buchu has been used by the natives of the Western Cape of South Africa for many centuries and assists the body to rid itself of toxins by stimulating the secretion of retained water.

  • Solidago virgaurea: This herb helps the body in its ability to routinely regulate mucus and has been used traditionally by herbalists for centuries as a tonic remedy to strengthen the natural protective ability of the body to fight infection.

  • Crataegus oxycanthoides: This herb is highly respected as a tonic to support healthy circulation. Studies have demonstrated the ability of Crataegus to positively assist with cardiological indications utilizing active flavonoids in the herb producing simultaneous cardiotropic and vasodilatory action, thus dilating blood vessels for improved circulation.

  • Schizandra sinesis: This herb is a powerful native ingredient from China. Schizandra is also used to assist the body in its capacity to regulate and maintain healthy energy levels and to routinely protect against toxins and cell damage. It is effective in helping the body to perform its natural function of regeneration of damaged liver tissue, while promoting improved overall regulation of physiological processes.

  • Astralagus membranaceus: This is another potent Chinese remedy, also called 'huang qi', and has a variety of benefits as a convalescent and rejuvenating tonic.


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Dietary recommendation for Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)


Some evidence suggests that poor nutrition, particularly deficiencies in antioxidants and certain minerals including vitamins A, C, and E, potassium, magnesium, selenium, and zinc is associated with having COPD and, possibly, with worsened lung function. Such nutrients can be obtained from an adequate daily intake of fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts, and whole grains.

Malnutrition is common in people with COPD and may further compromise lung function and the overall health of those with this disease. However, evidence of malnutrition may occur despite adequate dietary intake of nutrients. Researchers have found that increasing dietary carbohydrates increases carbon dioxide production, which leads to reduced exercise tolerance and increased breathlessness in people with COPD. On the other hand, men with a higher intake of fruit (which is high in carbohydrates) over a 25-year period were at lower risk of developing lung diseases. People with COPD should therefore consider eliminating most sources of refined sugars, but not fruits, from their diet.

Eat a little and often

As COPD progresses and there is more obstruction to airflow, the lungs enlarge with trapped air. These enlarged lungs push down into the abdomen, leaving less room for the stomach to expand.

Hence, six small meals will make you feel better than three large ones. It is best to go for foods, high in caloric value, but small in volume, like foods rich in proteins. Just remember that prolonged digestion draws blood and oxygen to the stomach and away from other parts of the body, which may need them more.


Although not studied in people with COPD specifically, brome lain (a mixture of protein-digesting enzymes found in pineapples [Ananas comosus]) can help reduce cough and diminish mucus production from a respiratory infection. In theory, therefore, it may be able to do the same if you have chronic bronchitis. A supplement of brome lain may be necessary in your case as fresh pineapple, which is rich in brome lain, could be allergic to some people.

Herbal remedies & helpful dietary habits for Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Chronic bronchitis has been linked to allergies in many reports. In a preliminary trial, long-term reductions of some COPD symptoms occurred when people with COPD avoided allergenic foods, and in some cases, were also desensitized to pollen.


Magnesium deficiency may be associated with an increased risk of developing emphysema and other lung diseases. Many prescription drugs commonly taken by people with COPD have been linked to magnesium deficiency.

Rich sources of magnesium include tofu, legumes, whole grains, green leafy vegetables, wheat bran, beans, Brazil nuts, soybean flour, almonds, cashews, blackstrap molasses, pumpkin and squash seeds, pine nuts, and black walnuts. Other good dietary sources of this mineral include peanuts, whole wheat flour, meats, fish, oat flour, beet greens, spinach, pistachio nuts, shredded wheat, bran cereals, oatmeal, bananas, and baked potatoes (with skin), chocolate, cocoa powder, dill weed and agar seaweed.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Some experts believe that dietary and supplemental forms of omega-3 fatty acids, including alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) found in walnuts and flaxseeds, may prove helpful as part of your treatment for COPD. Gamma-linolenic acid is found in evening primrose oil, black currant seed oil, and borage oil; alpha-linolenic acid is found in flaxseed oil and other oils. Try and eat foods rich an omega-3 fatty acids (such as cold-water fish, flaxseeds, and walnuts). Eating foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids and limiting foods with omega-6 fatty acids (found, for example, in egg yolks, meats, and cooking oils including corn, safflower, and cottonseed,) may reduce allergy symptoms in general. This is because omega-3 fatty acids tend to decrease inflammation while omega-6 fatty acids (other than GLA) tend to increase inflammation.

Vitamin C

According to some clinicians, taking vitamin C supplements is "safe and reasonable" if you have COPD, especially if you continue to smoke. In fact, just increasing the amount of fruit you eat by one or two servings per week may help improve lung function. Since vitamin C is not produced by the body, it must be obtained from fruits and vegetables. Some rich sources of vitamin C are oranges, green peppers, watermelon, Rose Hips, papaya, parsley, grapefruit, cantaloupe, strawberries, kiwi, mango, broccoli, tomatoes, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, currants, cabbage, and citrus juices or juices fortified with Vitamin C.

Raw and cooked leafy greens (turnip greens, spinach), red and green peppers, canned and fresh tomatoes, sweet and white potatoes, winter squash, Acerola Berries, raspberries, blueberries, cranberries and pineapple are also rich sources of Vitamin C.

recommended dietary habits in Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Dos and don'ts and precautionary measures for Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

The goals of COPD treatment are to:

  • Relieve your symptoms with no or minimal side effects of treatment

  • Slow the progress of the disease

  • Improve exercise tolerance (your ability to stay active)

  • Prevent and treat complications and sudden onset of problems

  • Improve your overall health

The treatment for COPD is different for each person.

Treatment is based on whether your symptoms are mild, moderate, or severe.

Do not smoke

Quitting smoking is the single most important thing you can do to reduce your risk of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and slow the progress of the disease.


Bronchodilators are recommended that work by relaxing the muscles around your airways. This type of medicine helps to open your airways quickly and make breathing easier. Bronchodilators can be either short acting or long acting.

  • Short-acting bronchodilators last about 4 to 6 hours and are used only when needed.

  • Long-acting bronchodilators last about 12 hours or more and are used every day.

Most bronchodilator medicines are inhaled, so they go directly into your lungs where they are needed. There are many kinds of inhalers, and it is important to know how to use your inhaler correctly.

If you have mild COPD, a short-acting bronchodilator is generally recommended. You then will use the inhaler only when needed.

If you have moderate or severe COPD, regular treatment with one or more inhaled bronchodilators is generally recommended. You may be told to use one long-acting bronchodilator. Some people may need to use a long-acting bronchodilator and a short-acting bronchodilator. This is called combination therapy.

Flu shots

The flu (influenza) can cause serious problems in people with COPD. Flu shots can reduce the chance of getting the flu. You should get a flu shot every year. Alternatively, you may also go for herbal immunity boosters against flu.

Pneumococcal vaccine

This vaccine should be administered to those with COPD to prevent a common cause of pneumonia. Revaccination may be necessary after 5 years in those older than 65 years of age.

Exercise training

Your program may include exercise training. This training includes showing you exercises to help your arms and legs get stronger. You may also learn breathing exercises that strengthen the muscles needed for breathing. Exercise helps some people with COPD. By strengthening your legs and arms and improving endurance, you may reduce breathlessness somewhat. Walking, for example, is a good exercise to build endurance. Talk to your doctor and/or respiratory therapist about how to build up slowly and safely. Attending a comprehensive pulmonary rehabilitation is the best way to learn exercise and safe breathing techniques.


There are breathing exercises (for example, a pursed lip technique, breathing from the diaphragm (read below), or using a spirometer [breathing device] twice a day) that may help improve lung function. Talk to your doctor about working with a respiratory therapist in order to learn such exercises. It is important, when learning breathing techniques, to work with an appropriately trained professional because the techniques are not good for everyone with COPD. Attending pulmonary rehabilitation is the best way to learn exercise and breathing techniques.

Abdominal breathing – This simple deep-breathing trick can help reduce the severity and frequency of your asthma attacks. When an attack starts, you naturally become more anxious as it gets harder to breathe. That produces a ‘clenching’ response that can further restrict your airways. However, if you have practiced this breathing technique ahead of time, you can use it to help yourself breathe more easily. It goes like this:

  • Lie on your back on a carpet or mat and place a book on your stomach.

  • Inhale gently and deeply, but not by expanding your chest. Instead, you expand your abdomen. Keep an eye on the book. If it rises, you are breathing in the right way.

  • Just when you think, you have reached full capacity; take in a little more air. See if you can raise the book a little higher.

  • Exhale gradually, slowly counting to five. The more you exhale, the more relaxed you’ll feel. Then repeat at least five times.

Being overweight increases the risk of COPD. Obese people with COPD may improve their lung-function symptoms and overall health status by engaging in a weight-loss program. Weight loss usually results in significant decrease in episodes of shortness of breath, increase in overall breathing capacity, and decrease in the need for medication to control symptoms.

Homeopathic remedies & precautions in Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Music therapy can help relieve anxiety associated with COPD and, possibly, shortness of breath. Listening to relaxation tapes on a regular basis (for example, one or two times per day) may help reduce anxiety and shortness of breath associated with COPD.


Preliminary studies suggest that acupuncture may help relieve shortness of breath in those with COPD. More research is needed to know for certain, if this is an effective use of acupuncture.

Similarly, acupressure (a technique much like acupuncture but pressure from the practitioners thumb or fingers is used instead of needles) may be a worthwhile addition to attending a pulmonary rehabilitation program where one learns breathing techniques and exercises to feel less short of breath. Again, more research in this area would be helpful.

If you are trying to quit smoking, acupuncture is an excellent treatment approach for this purpose.

Yoga and tai chi

Yoga and tai chi are practices that use deep breathing techniques and meditation; these practices may be helpful if you have COPD. Talk to your doctor about safety for you.


Biofeedback is another method for helping to learn a more relaxed and, therefore, more comfortable breathing pattern.

Oxygen Treatment

If you have severe COPD and low levels of oxygen in your blood, you are not getting enough oxygen on you own. Your doctor may recommend oxygen therapy to help with your shortness of breath. You may need extra oxygen all the time or some of the time. For some people with severe COPD, using extra oxygen for more than 15 hours a day can help them:

  • Do tasks or activities with less shortness of breath

  • Protect the heart and other organs from damage

  • Sleep more during the night and improve alertness during the day

  • Live longer

Other measures

  • Keep smoke, fumes, and strong smells out of your home.

  • If your home is painted or sprayed for insects, have it done when you can stay away from your home.

  • The common cold and other respiratory infections may aggravate COPD. Avoiding exposure to infections or bolstering resistance with immune-enhancing nutrients and herbs may be valuable.

  • Cook near an open door or window.

  • If you heat with wood or kerosene, keep a door or window open.

  • Keep your windows closed and stay at home when there is a lot of pollution or dust outside.

  • If you are taking medicines, take them as ordered and make sure you refill them so you do not run out.

If you have severe COPD, there are some things that you can do to get the most out of each breath. Make your life as easy as possible at home by:

  • Asking your friends and family for help

  • Doing things slowly

  • Doing things sitting down

  • Putting things you need in one place that is easy to reach

  • Finding very simple ways to cook, clean, and do other chores. Some people use a small table or cart with wheels to move things around. Using a pole or tongs with long handles can help you reach things

  • Keeping your clothes loose

  • Wearing clothes and shoes that are easy to put on and take off

  • Asking for help moving your things around in your house so that you will not need to climb stairs as often

  • Picking a place to sit that you can enjoy and visit with others

When to Get Emergency Help?

You should get emergency help if:

  • You find that is hard to talk or walk.

  • Your heart is beating very fast or irregularly.

  • Your lips or fingernails are gray or blue.

  • Your breathing is fast and hard, even when you are using your medicines.


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Natural remedy to help get rid of excessive phlegm and mucus in the throat to clear congestion.

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Natural asthma remedy helps to relax and open airways for normal breathing.

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BioVent Drops™

Supports bronchial and respiratory health for easy breathing.

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