Treating Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Naturally
As Filipinos, it is but natural to turn to supplements, alternative and traditional medicine. The WebMD site shares, ‘…It’s crucial to work with someone who is knowledgeable about complementary and alternative treatments, MacKay says, who is the VP for scientific and regulatory affairs at the Council for Responsible Nutrition, a trade group that represents the dietary supplement industry. He said that working with a qualified person gives better options rather than buying anything at a health store. The type of clinician who has the right kind of knowledge can have an immense impact. Find a doctor who is a “holistic thinker” who will add lifestyle changes, nutrition, and other appropriate interventions into your treatment plan. More importantly, not letting the disease progress should be the main objective of this…’
On another point, ABS-CBN’s ‘Salamat po Dok’ also shares that ‘lagundi’ is one of the most common alternative medicine that is used for cough, which is also advocated by the DOH. While it certainly helps in relieving the patient with recurring cough, it is not a cure. To quote, ‘Lagundi is one of the 10 herbal medicines endorsed by DOH as an effective herbal medicine with proven therapeutic value. It is considered a relief – but not a cure — for asthma, pharyngitis, rheumatism, dyspepsia, boils and diarrhea. It is used also as treatment for cough, colds, fever and flu and other bronchopulmonary disorders. It can also help alleviate symptoms of Chicken Pox.’
The National Emphysema Foundation, on the other hand, lists the following natural supplements that have proven to remedy the symptoms:
- Bromelain – is a supplement created from the enzymes found in a pineapple’s stem and juice. It is said to reduce inflammation associated with COPD.
- Coenzyme Q10 – is an antioxidant that is naturally produced by the body. This is said to increase cell activity and ease inflammation in people with COPD. Researchers have found that people living with COPD have especially low levels of coenzyme Q10.
- L-Carnitine – is used to burn fat and boost energy. In COPD patients, this supplement appears to help strengthen muscles and improve endurance when exercising. Further, research has proven that those people who take L-carnitine supplements do significantly better during walking exercise programs.
- N-acetylcysteine – this antioxidant has been researched for its role in breaking down the mucus that can clog the lungs of people living with COPD.
- Antioxidant vitamins – with properties of antioxidants, vitamins A, C and E, such supplement is said to improve lung function in people with COPD. Studies show that people with COPD have this deficiency, resulting in decreased pulmonary function. Further, studies have proven that COPD patients whose diets are rich in fruits and vegetables—a good source of vitamins A, C and E—saw improved lung function.
So while all these have been shared and studied, there will always be a difference in how such natural remedies would affect the body. Visit a diagnostic clinic in Cebu to properly gauge the progress of your COPD when you start using any of these supplement. Getting a medical exam in Cebu will make it easier for your physician to track the progress and/or non-progress of COPD.