Plants that can repair the damage caused by Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and also keep the symptoms of the condition at bay.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a chronic condition that causes long-term damage to the pulmonary system. COPD is an umbrella phrase under which several lung diseases like chronic bronchitis, asthma and emphysema fall. The earlier that is it detected, the better a patient’s means of controlling it. There are several treatment options that the doctor will recommend for it, but, there are also several natural herbs and plants that can help in easing the symptoms of the condition. These natural remedies are also useful in reversing damage done to the pulmonary system and boosting pulmonary health as well as cardiovascular health.
Pharmaceutical drugs usually try to mimic compounds that are naturally present in nature but they come with side effects. Ideally, consulting a naturopathy doctor or a herbalist who can give you a detailed analysis of what suits your condition is preferred because comprehending the root cause of your COPD is vital for treating the condition effectively. Here’s a list of plants that can boost lung health and keep your COPD at bay.
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.
Also known as Tussilago Farfara, 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.
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