FEATURE: Symptoms and Natural Treatments for
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary (or Lung) Disease (COPD).
The purpose of this article is not to suggest that you incorporate natural methods of
COPD treatment in replacement of your prescribed medication. Instead, we are suggesting
ways to alleviate your COPD condition in conjunction with your prescribed medication.
Hopefully, these ideas will help reduce suffering, and prevent the need to increase
To begin with, COPD is defined as a group of diseases that reduce the ability to
breathe, including chronic bronchitis and emphysema. The most common cause of COPD is
smoking, and 15% of smokers become stricken by COPD. Those who are exposed to environments
containing high levels of heavy particulate for extended periods of time are also at risk.
In the early stages, COPD is characterized by a gradual loss of lung function. The
condition can be reversed in the early stages, but most people do not realize they have
COPD until lung tissue damage and loss occurs. By this time the condition becomes
irreversible, which is why recognizing the symptoms during the early stages is critical.
The symptoms of COPD include:
* Years of smoking, or exposure to heavy pollution such as chemical fumes, grains,
cotton, wood, mining dust.
* You suffer bouts of asthma or bronchitis.
* Chronic coughing / heavy phlegm.
* Morning smoker's cough.
* Colds last weeks instead of days, and you suffer at least one prolonged bout of
bronchitis every winter.
* You're often breathless during ordinary activity.
* Your cough has changed, becoming more shallow, as if something is lodged inside your
* You are over the age of 40.
* Additional phlegm is being produced, and your cough becomes more moist.
The most important remedy for most people who develop COPD is to quit smoking. Other
than that, there are a variety of other natural methods that can help minimize the effects
Natural COPD Remedies:
* Consume antioxidants, such as Vitamin C and E, carotene, and selenium. Deriving these
nutrients through what you actually eat is most effective. Dietary supplements will not
provide nearly as much benefit.
Beta carotene is found in dark green, orange, red, and deep yellow fruits and
vegetables. Beta carotene offers little protection for those that are still smoking
though. Foods high in selenium include seafood, organ meats, lean meats, poultry, low-fat
dairy products, and whole grains. Selenium offers strong protection for smokers.
* Avoid pollutants, which can cause further damage and tissue loss to your already
vulnerable lungs. An air purifier will be very helpful here, since it is difficult to
avoid airborne pollutants altogether, even (especially) when inside.
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* Avoid infections.
* Hold your breath and breathe deeply frequently, which allows your blood to take in
more oxygen. By doing this though, make sure you are in an environment with clean air. If
the air has many pollutants, this will actually cause you to take in increased impurities,
which can cause more harm than good.
* Concentrate on pushing out your diaphragm when you breathe. The diaphragm is the
muscle between your rib cage and abdomen. Expanding it when breathing allows you to take
in more air. Place your hand on your diaphragm to make sure it is expanding when you
* Use controlled coughing to remove infection-causing phlegm in your lungs. To do this,
breathe deeply, hold your breath, and then cough twice. Once to loosen the phlegm, and the
second to bring it to the back of your throat. Then immediately cough up this phlegm to
spit it out.
* Stay active to remain in good physical shape.
* Avoid anxiety, which results in muscle tightening and shallow breathing.
* Build up energy. This is important since it requires about 10 times as much energy
for an individual with COPD to breathe. One way to do this is to stay in good shape by
exercising. Another is to eat properly.
* Eat 5 or 6 small meals a day instead of 2 or 3 larger ones. This helps prevent
bloating and shortness of breath.
* Drink lots of water to keep air passages moist to allow phlegm to be easily coughed
up. Soda will not help, since carbonation results in shortness of breath.
(2) Negative Ion Study Summary of the Month:
"It's all in the numbers"
In Britain, two Oxford University statisticians conducted a study among victims of
asthma, bronchitis, and hay fever. The sample was randomly selected from a list of people
who had purchased a negative ion air purifier. Through interviews, they found that 18 of
24 asthmatics, 13 of 17 bronchitis sufferers, 11 of 12 hay fever victims, and 6 of 10
suffering from nasal catarrh, reported that the product had noticeably improved their
condition. A few even reported that it cured their condition.
Source: Soyka, F. (1991). The Ion Effect. Bantum Premium, U.S.
(3) Facts about In-Vehicle Air Pollution
(1) California's Air Resources Board studied the air on busy roadways in Los Angeles
and Sacramento, and found it is even dirtier inside the car than it is right outside of
it. There are heavy levels of toxic chemicals right outside the vehicle, and it is even
worse on the inside.
(2) Why is the air worse inside the vehicle than right outside the vehicle? Automakers
say they have been focusing on reducing what comes out the exhaust, but not reducing what
gets inside the vehicle.
(3) The level of pollution inside your vehicle depends on a variety of factors, such as
whether you smoke in the car, how much pollution is being emitted by the vehicle in front
of you, and how close you are to the vehicle in front of you.
(4) California's Air Resource Board also found that the type of vehicle you have and
your ventilation settings have little affect on in-vehicle pollution.
To combat the in-vehicle pollution problem, IPS is now offering the DH Series Vehicle
Air Purifier, which electronically creates "Thunderstorm-Fresh" air for your
automobile by emitting ozone and negative ions.
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