Emphysema Natural Remedies

Emphysema is part of the COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) family of respiratory problems. In emphysema, the alveoli (air sacs of the lungs) are damaged and lose their elasticity. This means that a person absorbs less oxygen.

Symptoms of emphysema include not being able to breath on a regular basis, coughing up mucus or difficulty clearing the lungs (not expectorating mucus), and wheezing. It feels difficult to breathe out.

Causes of emphysema start with smoking, but may also be seen in those who breathe second-hand smoke, or those who live in polluted or industrial environments.

Modern medicine treats emphysema with steroids or other inhalers which have long-term serious side effects. It is seen as a life-long treatment. Oxygen also may be used to help those with emphysema.

From the natural perspective those with emphysema have damaged lungs with loss of breathing capacity. The good news is there can be some good results by using a combination of the following supplements to help to strengthen the body. Remember it is important to eliminate tobacco, alcohol, coffee, and sodas, as well as fast foods.

If you are on medications for emphysema, you should be able to use these natural supplements along with your medications. DO NOT alter your prescriptions without talking with your healthcare professional.

Nutrition for Emphysema

Over a 6 month period, there can be good results with emphysema. Use 25,000 IU of Vitamin A for its anti-inflammatory properties. L-Carnitine protects the heart muscle. Use Ascorbal Palmitate (a superior form of Vitamin C) for immune support. Magnesium will help relax muscle tissue. NAC (N-acetylcysteine) will help support the liver. If there is much mucus, eliminate dairy.

 

Herbs for Emphysema

Herbs are plants valued for their specific strengthening/ tonifying properties.

The goal is to find herbs that fit the person’s symptoms as they are different for everyone.

Echinacea – when the immune system is weak, or if there is cold or flu which aggravates emphysema symptoms.

Elecampane – essential for decongestion of lungs and sinuses, improves digestion.

Fennel – expectorant, removes mucus.

Licorice – anti-inflammatory and acts like a steroid (in a good way). Use this in small amounts as it goes a long way.

Thyme – to get rid of mucus, drying.


Cell Salts to Help with Emphysema

To make a cell salt solution, put up to 10 tablets of each cell salt in a 16- to 24-ounce bottle; fill with water and swirl to dissolve tablets. Sip throughout the day.

#1 Calc fluor 6X – to soften tissues of the alveoli
#4 Ferr phos 6X – to reduce inflammation
#7 Kali sulph 6X – to thin mucus and support the liver
#8 Mag phos 6X – to relax bronchioles and strengthen muscle


Emphysema Homeopathic Remedies

Homeopathic remedies are non-toxic natural medicines safe for everyone including infants and pregnant or nursing women. You may use 6X, 30X, 6C or 30C potencies.

Ammonium carb – oppressed breathing; feels worse in coming into warm rooms; bubbling sounds, labored snoring-like breathing; coughs up blood; rattling in chest.

Antimonium arsenicosum – emphysema with hard breathing and severe coughing and lots of mucus; hard to breathe on eating and lying down.

Antimonium tart – coarse, loose rattling cough; rattling in the chest; lung s feel full of mucus but can’t get it out; coughing and gasping.

Hepar sulph – cough from exposure to cold, dry air; croupy choking cough; uncovered body parts get cold when uncovered; sensitive and irritable.

Lachesis – sensation of suffocation and strangulation on lying down; feels worse when anything tight around throat; feels must take a deep breath; breathing almost stops on falling asleep; talkative person.

Lobelia – coughing with vomiting; asthma preceded by prickling all over; hyperventilation; panting, threatened with suffocation; fear of death; chest feels constricted; worse from any movement.

Silicea – thin cold fragile people (lacking grit); violent cough when lying down and thick yellow lumpy expectoration.

 

 

Source: Dave’s Healing Notes

COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) Natural Remedies

Chronic breathing problems from bronchitis or emphysema are a very common problem. Symptoms of COPD include coughing, respiratory infections or shortness of breath with or without mucus or wheezing. Cause can be from second hand smoke, chronic smoking or weakness of the respiratory organs.

Medical treatment for COPD includes inhalers, steroids, or anti-inflammatory drugs. All these can have medium to severe risks and don’t get to the cause of lung weakness.

From the natural perspective the first thing to do is avoid smoke or smoking as well as polluted environments. COPD can also be caused from poor diet which causes excess mucus in the body. Eating for your constitution or body type will help reduce mucus, i.e. if you are a cold person you shouldn’t eat all raw food because it only makes you colder.

 

Herbs for COPD

Herbs are plants valued for their specific strengthening/ tonifying properties.

Herbal therapy for copd as recommended by David Winston, Herbalist is to use

2 parts thyme herb for copd to dry mucus and congestion
2 parts wild cherry bark as an expectorant to remove mucus
1 part licorice to sooth mucus membranes of the respiratory system

This herbal formula can be used along with medical treatment. It can work fast or slow according to the length of your COPD. Be patient and add other respiratory herbs as needed.


Cell Salts to Help with COPD

To make a cell salt solution, put up to 10 tablets of each cell salt in a 16- to 24-ounce bottle; fill with water and swirl to dissolve tablets. Sip throughout the day.

#3 Calc sulph 6X – difficult breathing evenings, mucus rattling, chronic cough, thick yellow lumpy mucus
#9 Natrum mur 6X – rattling clear thin mucus or white salty mucus, can be blood streaked; from unresolved emotional problems which lead to isolation
#12 Silicea 6X – delicate constitution; shortness of breath; emphysema, rattling in chest; tendency to infections; bashful or shy person


COPD Homeopathic Remedies

Homeopathic remedies are non-toxic natural medicines safe for everyone including infants and pregnant or nursing women. You may use 6X, 30X, 6C or 30C potencies.

Ammonium carb – oppressed breathing, especially when entering a warm room or going up stairs; burning and rattling in chest; coughing up blood.

Antimonium ars – emphysema with loss of breath and coughing; pneumonia; influenza.

Antimonium tart – the classic remedy for rattling in chest and suffocative shortness of breath; emphysema of the elderly.

Hepar sulph – infected pneumonia and fevers; always sensitive to cold air; wheezing; worse in cold damp air.

Lachesis – worse on left side; jealous person; can’t stand anything tight around neck; sense of suffocation; hard to take a deep breath; stops breathing on falling asleep; needs to breath in an upright position.

 

 

Source: Dave’s Healing Notes

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