COPD is a degenerative lung disease that usually develops after many years of exposure to cigarette smoke or other toxins that pollute the air. COPD's also include asthma and chronic bronchitis that interfere with normal breathing. It is a disease of slow suffocation. The tiny air sacs in the lungs become damaged and lose their ability to transfer oxygen into the blood and carbon dioxide out of it. As a result the lungs function poorly. The main symptom of COPD is shortness of breath and the feeling of not being able to get enough air during any kind of physical exertion or activity. The shortness of breath becomes worse as the condition progresses. As the struggle to breath properly the chest becomes barrel shaped. In advanced COPD a person may require supplemental oxygen and be unable to tolerate even small amounts of physical activity.
Smoking also causes the vast majority of cases of a closely related condition, chronic bronchitis. In chronic bronchitis, the tiny hairs that line the respiratory tract lose their ability to sweep out the mucus. Uncleared mucus becomes thick and sticky, and it accumulates, becoming an emphysema respiratory infection or irritant. The combination of emphysema and chronic bronchitis is known as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. COPD is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States, behind heart aliments.
The best way to deal with Emphysema or COPD is to quit smoking as soon as possible, Once diagnosed COPD or Emphysema is non-reversible. Remaining lung function can be maximized by avoiding irritants and by using supplemental oxygen and other herbs or medicines. Herbs that can help thin mucus or clear the lungs are very helpful.
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Astragalus: Accelerates healing in the bronchial tubes and promotes better breathing. Increases metabolism, produces spontaneous sweating, promotes healing and provides energy. Good for colds, flu, and immune deficiency related problems including AIDS, cancer and tumors. Effective for chronic lung weakness.
Alfalfa: Alkalizes and detoxifies the body. Acts as a diuretic, anti-inflammatory, and antifungal. Lowers cholesterol, balances blood sugar and hormones, and promotes pituitary gland function. Good for anemia, arthritis, ulcers, disorders of the bones and joints, digestive system and skin.
Fenugreek: Acts as a laxative, lubricates the intestines, and reduces fever. Helps lower cholesterol and blood sugar levels, Helps asthma and sinus problems by reducing mucus. Good for the eyes and for inflammation and lung disorders.
Mullein: Acts as a laxative, painkiller, and sleep aid. Clears congestion. Useful for asthma, bronchitis, difficulty breathing. earache, hay fever, and swollen glands.
Rosemary: Fights free radicals, inflammation, bacteria, and fungi, Relaxes the stomach, stimulates circulation and digestion, and acts as an astringent and decongestant. Improves circulation to the brain. Also helps detoxify the liver, and has anticancer and antitumor properties. Good for circulatory problems. Can be used for antiseptic gargle.
Peppermint: Increases stomach acidity aiding digestion. Anesthetizes mucous membranes. Also used for flavoring the tea.
Recommendations: Do not use tobacco in any form. Eat a diet of 50 percent raw foods. Eat soups, skinless chicken or turkey, fish brown rice, mullet, and whole grain cereals. Try to eat garlic or onions daily if you can. Do not eat a typical American breakfast. Try sipping hot, clear liquids (such as herbal teas), in the morning to help clear the air passages. Drink at least 8 glasses of water per day. Do not eat fried and greasy foods, salt and all foods that cause excess mucus to be formed in the tracts, lungs, or nasal cavities. Stay away from these foods, meats, eggs, and all dairy products, cheese's, processed foods, tobacco, junk foods, and white flour products. Do not eat cabbage. Avoid foods that require a lot of chewing. Get daily exercise if possible. Humidify your home if possible. Go on a cleansing fast using carrot, celery, spinach, kale and all dark g reen fresh juices. Rest and avoid stress. Try to get plenty of fresh air.
Making Herbal Teas: Use two teaspoon of herbs or one tea bag per cup of water (distilled water if possible). Place in a glass container and heat for approximately 3 minutes. Let steep for 4-5 minutes and strain through a tea strainer or a paper towel. A lot of people like to use a coffee maker. You can also use the herb ingredients a second time and still get some of the medicinal values from them. If you strain through a tea strainer you seem to get some of the sediments, although they also have a lot of medicinal values in them also. Garnish with honey, or whatever you want to use. Enjoy.
Always consult your health care provider or physician before using herbs or herbal teas.
The Federal Drug Administration has not evaluated any of these statements. None of the herbs or products are intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any type of ailments or disease. Consult your health care provider or physician before using herbs. Take at own risk.