Healing Options for COPD

“Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a lung disease characterized by chronic obstruction of lung airflow that interferes with normal breathing and is not fully reversible. The more familiar terms ‘chronic bronchitis’ and ’emphysema’ are no longer used, but are now included within the COPD diagnosis. COPD is not simply a “smoker’s cough” but an under-diagnosed, life-threatening lung disease.” [1]

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None of the drugs currently available for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are able to reduce the progressive decline in lung function which is the hallmark of this disease. Smoking cessation is the only intervention that has proved effective.[ncbi]

Herbal

Essential Oil Monoterpenes

“Essential oil monoterpenes is a mixture of herbs used in aromatherapy for the treatment of bronchitis, notes the University of Maryland Medical Center. The combination includes eucalyptus, citrus and pine oil extracts and may prove helpful for those with both acute and chronic bronchitis. The tonic shows promise in relieving deep coughing in cases — it appeared equally effective to antibiotics in some studies, they add. This herbal treatment may cause side effects, and people with asthma should avoid using it. Consult with an aromatherapist experienced in treating COPD and chronic bronchitis before using essential oil monoterpenes. If you use homeopathic remedies, avoid using this herbal tonic, as it will render the homeopathic remedies ineffective.”

Mullein

“Mullein is a common herb frequently used for the treatment of coughing and bronchitis and may relieve other symptoms related to COPD, according to the “The Green Pharmacy Herbal Handbook.” Mullein is used by itself as an extract or in powdered form in supplements, and is often included in herbal tonics meant for the treatment of coughs. Its primary action on the respiratory tract is as an expectorant — helping to clear the lungs of congestion and mucus. Mullein can be purchased at most health food stores. Consult with your health practitioner or an herbal specialist to make sure this is the correct treatment for your condition.”

Fennel

“A licorice-flavored herb, fennel is widely used in Ayurvedic medicine to relieve coughing due to both acute and chronic bronchitis and other conditions affecting the lungs, according to the Multilingual Archive World Lingo website. Fennel is especially useful for relieving coughing when made into a syrup or tea. Speak to an Ayurvedic practitioner for directions for use and dosing guidelines.”

Saiboku-to

“Saiboku-to is an herb used extensively in Japan for the treatment of bronchitis and asthma. Research indicates that patients taking Saiboku-to may be able to reduce the doses of coticosteroids necessary to control their asthma, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Saiboku-to is often mixed in an herbal tonic with ginseng, licorice root and other herbs to control coughing. The tonic is available online and from pharmacies and stores specializing in Eastern herbal preparations. Consult your health practitioner to confirm that this treatment is right for your condition.”

Other Considerations

“Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is a serious condition, and you should not self-treat. Consult a professional who is experienced in the treatment of pulmonary diseases with herbal medicines for recommendations regarding which herbal mix is best for your problem. Your practitioner will provide directions for using the prescribed herbs, dosing amounts and places where you can by the freshest, most potent herbal medicines.” [2]

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Yoga Asanas for COPD

“Always consult your healthcare provider to get clearance before practicing any form of exercise. Check that your yoga teacher is fully qualified and that they understand your needs as a person with COPD.

A good yoga teacher will show you how to breathe correctly in order to enhance your yoga practice. The following yoga postures can help you build strength and maintain flexibility for your COPD:”

Standing Mountain Pose

“This straightforward pose requires you to stand tall to open up your chest. Your arms can be raised. or left at your sides.”

Standing Back Bend

“This pose also helps to open up the muscles of your chest but needs to be practiced carefully to avoid muscle strain and breathlessness.”

Seated Forward Bends

“These poses help strengthen your respiratory system”.

Standing Side Bends

“These bends will help strengthen your diaphragm while also improving the flexibility of your rib cage.

There are many more asanas that can be modified to help you build strength and flexibility, specifically to help your COPD. It is vital that you learn yoga from a qualified, recognized practitioner.”

Yoga Breathing for COPD

“Yogis believe that correct breathing brings more oxygen into your blood and helps to control vital energy, which in turn helps calm your mind.

Pursed-lip breathing and diaphragm breathing are two techniques that have roots in yoga. They are often taught to people with COPD as part of their pulmonary rehabilitation program.

Another useful breathing technique for people with COPD is abdominal breathing. The technique is as follows:

  1. Breathe in, letting your stomach expand.
  2. As you breathe out, contract your stomach muscles, pressing your stomach inward.
  3. Focus on contracting your lower abdomen and ribs as you breathe out. This helps to raise your diaphragm, enabling your lungs to empty all the way and thus improving the depth of your breathing.

Safety Advice

Yoga is generally safe, but be sure to take these precautions just to be sure.” [3]

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Ayurveda

Licorice Root

“Licorice is popular in treating several conditions right from asthma and bronchitis to menopause. The herb is often used as a harmonizing agent when mixed with other herbs and is commonly used in traditional Chinese medicine. It has anti-inflammatory properties and also acts as an adequate lubricant of the mucous membrane and the lungs. Any phlegm stuck in the respiratory tract can be removed by the loosening action of licorice root extract. It also has anti-bacterial and anti-viral effects that helps fight infections that can aggravate any lung problems. Licorice root contains components known as glycrrhizins and flavonoids which can prevent lung cancer cells from multiplying, thus making it an effective lung cancer prevention tool as well. Asthma patients can gain relief from breathing problems for a few hours by drinking tea made with licorice root. However, caution should be exercised for people with high blood pressure and long term use of this plant can cause potassium deficiency.”

Coltsfoot

“Also known as TussilagoFarfara, this member of the daisy family has been used since thousands of years in the Native American tradition to treat dry cough and throat irritation which is a common symptom of most COPDs. Its antitussive properties have seen a place in Chinese folk medicine as well for the treatment of various respiratory ailments like asthma, cough and bronchitis. The plant’s dried leaves are brewed in water to make tea which is effective in clearing out the mucus membrane in the lungs. It is also available in the form of a tincture as medication. The seeds of the plant were once used as an additional stuffing in bedding and pillows and its extracts were also previously used to add flavor to candies. However, because of its potential toxicity when ingested in big amounts, coltsfoot has legal restrictions in some countries.”

Osha Root

“Also known as bear root, the root of Osha contains several compounds like camphor, terpenes, saponins, ferulic acid and phytosterois which are all very effective in treating lung and throat problems. This herb is considered the best American herb for treating COPD because it acts in such a way that additional oxygen is provided to the lungs, thus making breathing easier for COPD patients. The root is also beneficial for flushing out the mucus from the sinus and relieving congestion in the lungs. It is also commonly used for treating cold and flu symptoms and comes with no side effects. However, pregnant women and women who are nursing sould refrain from using Osha root.”

Thyme

“The oil produced from thyme has medicinal antiseptic properties that can help fight chest congestion caused by COPD. It also has antibacterial properties that fight infections of various kinds including acne. Respiratory tract infections and the viruses from pneumonia can be treated with thyme tea. You can also use it in your cooking by adding it as a flavoring agent in most dishes.”

Manaca

“Also known as BrunfelsiaUnifloras, manaca is popular for treating asthma because of its components alkaloid, alscutetin and scopoletin. The root of the plant is essential used for treating conditions and it also has anti-inflammatory properties that help to treat inflammations caused by COPD. It is a powerful detox agent that can help stimulate the lymphatic system to get the natural healing process of the immune system activated. However, it should be used in small doses because larger doses can increase heart rate dangerously. The root is also a good alternative medication to control diabetes and high blood pressure.”

Eucalyptus

“Eucalyptus is popularly used in cough drops because of a compound it contains called cineole. Cineole is used for its expectorant properties. This means that it helps in loosening up the phlegm caused by COPD in your lungs and makes it easier to expectorate it from the body. It also soothes the sinus passage and provides relief to promote better breathing. Several traditional medicines include eucalyptus oil along with other essential oils to prevent severe flare ups of chronic bronchitis and to soothe throat irritation. Eucalyptus also has antioxidants that give the immune system an added boost during illnesses. However, it is a very strong oil and should not be ingested orally or in high concentrations.Eucalyptus is popularly used in cough drops because of a compound it contains called cineole. Cineole is used for its expectorant properties. This means that it helps in loosening up the phlegm caused by COPD in your lungs and makes it easier to expectorate it from the body. It also soothes the sinus passage and provides relief to promote better breathing. Several traditional medicines include eucalyptus oil along with other essential oils to prevent severe flare ups of chronic bronchitis and to soothe throat irritation. Eucalyptus also has antioxidants that give the immune system an added boost during illnesses. However, it is a very strong oil and should not be ingested orally or in high concentrations.”

Lobelia Inflata

“Lobelia inflate is considered as an “asthmador” in Appalachian folk medicine and its use is not restricted only to humans. Even horses are given this herb to promote better breathing. Lobelia contains an alkaloid called lobeline which helps in breaking down thick mucus and making it thinner. Thus, it is used to clear up congestions in humans and animals alike. It also releases a hormone called epinephrine which helps relax the muscles in the body and promotes better breathing patterns. It is commonly used in cough and cold medication and is a must have for COPD patients.”

Sage

“Scientifically known as Salvia Officinalis, you might have heard about this herb because of its popularity in cooking. It has a steady aroma and is commonly used to treat lung problems and respiratory diseases. The aromatic properties of this herb contain scents of thujone, camphor, terpene and salvene and these vapors can promote healing for lung diseases and calm flared up sinuses. Inhaling the steam of sage oil is highly effective in providing relief to COPD patients and it can also be brewed in boiling water to be drunk as a tea.” [4]

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Acupuncture

1. COPD due to chronic bronchitis:
No-Ho-Ne-Ho-Ne-Ho-Ho-Ho-He

Copd1.1

He sedation, Ho tonifying to deal with inflammatory process

— brown points – needles perpendicular
— brown lines – needles direction

Self-treatment, taping natural crystals:
— green – 1,2,3,4, 8,9
— blue – 5,6
— white – 7,8
2 options shown for point 8
— No harmonization – green crystal
— to sedate No as a process leading to complete lungs failure – white crystal

Also, may be simple heating of taped crystals by 3 incense sticks tied together perpendicular for all points, in a sequence, each for 1 min.

 

2nd noho

Ho sedation, He tonifying to treat this as chronic deteriorating process
and narrowing the air paths.”

 

 

 

 

2. “COPD due to alveolar emphysema:

No-Ho-Ne-Ho-Ne-Ho-Ho-Ho-Ne

3rd noho

 sedation of He as expansion and alveolar walls damaging.
Additionally addressing No energy as a process leading to total lungs failure:

4rth noho

tonifying No to terminate the process.”

COPD, chronic obstructory pulmonary disease, 8 Qi schemes

“The scheme in 8 Qi.
1. COPD due to chronic bronchitis:
Heat—>Dryness (lungs)—>Dryness (respiratory epithelium)—>Dampness (mucus)—>Darkness (total lungs failure)

after point 1

right hand, chronic case

Treatment in 8 Qi:
— Heat – inflammation – sedate
— Dampness – mucus, walls thickening – sedate
— Dryness – fibrosis – sedate
— Wind, Burn and Cold to tone up

For Triorigin treatment one can alternate He sedation/Ho tonifying, and vise versa, to treat the Yin and Yang symptomes with separate schemes similar to traumas or cancer. “

2.” COPD due to alveolar emphysema:
Heat—>Dryness—>Burn (alveoles)—>Darkness (total lungs failure): He (expansion and destruction), Ho tone up:

after point 2

right hand, chronic case” [5]

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