Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a group of diseases that obstruct airflow from your lungs. Your respiratory system is constantly working. All day, every day, it is the vehicle for oxygen to enter your body. Unfortunately, it can also be an entry point for pollutants, irritants, dust, mold, fungus, harmful organisms, and other toxins. Unless you’re living in a bubble, the constant assault from impurities can take its toll. Fortunately, we have a list of 5 herbs that help to alleviate the symptoms of COPD.
Curcumin is commonly found in turmeric. Curcumin reduces airway inflammation. A powerful antioxidant, curcumin may help fight the oxidative stress believed to underlie COPD, while blocking inflammation at the molecular level.
People taking ginseng will experience significant improvement in breathing and the ability to perform exercise. This herb offers improvement in quality of life and lung function among patients with stable COPD.
Lungwort is a flowering rhizomatous that actually resembles lung tissue in appearance. However, this natural remedy doesn’t just look the part. As early as the 1600’s, lungwort has been used to promote lung and respiratory health and clear congestion. Lungwort also contains compounds that are powerfully effective against harmful organisms that affect respiratory health.
4. Red Sage
Red sage is an effective antioxidant, protecting the linings of blood vessels from injury when oxygen is temporarily cut off and then resumed, as in the case of COPD exacerbations
This herb is prized for its aromatic oils and antioxidant compounds. Thyme helps in the clearance of mucus from the airways. It also helps airways relax, improving airflow into the lungs.