Remedies for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

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The most important home remedies for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease includes the use of Xiao Chuan, magnesium, vitamin D, berries, ginseng, and thyme. It also includes behavioral changes like quitting smoking, staying active, improving medication timing, knowing your limitations, eating smaller meals, avoiding bloating-inducing foods, and reducing anxiety and stress.

Home Remedies for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Home remedies for the chronic obstructive pulmonary disease include:

Xiao Chuan

Xiao Chuan is a special Chinese herbal paste that is applied to certain acupuncture points on the back to relieve respiratory distress. Research published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine confirmed that Xiao Chuan was more effective than the placebo at reducing COPD symptoms. There are many different preparations for Xiao Chuan, but always buy this paste from a trained herbalist.


People suffering from COPD appear to have low bioavailability of magnesium in their bodies, according to the National Institute of Health (NIH). This could be due to the usage of drugs, nutritional deficiencies, or heavy smoking. The same study showed that taking a magnesium supplement helped reduce pulmonary hyperinflation. Eating magnesium-rich foods like spinach, soybeans, black beans, and cashews is a great way to boost your magnesium content.


Vitamin D

Sunshine is the best way to increase your vitamin D content, which has been connected to improved respiratory health and reduced inflammation in the body. Lung function suffers as a result of COPD, and studies have directly linked vitamin D to improving normal lung function.


Berries are rich in various antioxidants and organic compounds, which are essential for boosting immune system health and respiratory function. As tissues break down as a result of prolonged exposure to carcinogens and environmental pollutants, antioxidants can help to repair those cells and prevent cellular mutation and death. Blueberries and goji berries are particularly effective for this particular condition, according to a study published in Elsevier’s Food Chemistry.


Ginseng has been used for thousands of years to treat countless medical conditions, and it has shown promising results in slowing down or even reversing some of the symptoms of COPD (European Respiratory Journal). Although research is still ongoing in this particular area, it’s exciting to see yet another useful function of this ancient Chinese herb.


Respiratory tract infections can be difficult to combat, but thyme has long been used to treat that particular part of the body. For those afflicted by COPD, respiratory tract infections can be particularly damaging and long-lasting, so preventing them is a good way to slow the severity of COPD’s symptoms.

Quit Smoking

Given that smoking cigarettes is one of the primary causes of COPD, the most important home remedy for this condition is quitting the habit. As long as you are still smoking, you won’t be able to prevent or slow the development of COPD. Therefore, this should be the most important home remedy for everyone seeking the best possible resolution to this condition.

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Stay Active

Although it can be difficult to remain active as breathing becomes difficult, it is important to remain active and fit, according to a report published in the Journal of Physiotherapy. Keeping your metabolism in good shape and maintaining strength in your respiratory tracts is crucial to slow the breakdown of those tissues.

Improve Medication Timing

Your body needs strict regulation of medication when suffering from COPD, so be sure to precisely follow your doctor’s instructions for inhalers and bronchodilators. If you stop treatment or consume medication at inappropriate intervals, it can actually worsen the condition.

Eat Smaller Meals

Eating large meals can expand your stomach and intestines, causing pressure on the lungs and making breathing more difficult. Therefore, eating smaller portions and perhaps spreading your nutrient intake out over 4-5 meals can help regulate your breathing throughout the day.

Avoid Certain Foods

Eating foods that are rich in calcium content, or those that are bulky or high in fiber can worsen some of your symptoms of COPD. You should consult a nutritionist about a proper diet for COPD to ensure that you aren’t making things worse with your daily intake.

Reduce Anxiety and Stress

Stress and anxiety can cause excess stress hormones to flood the body, which can worsen symptoms of chronic disease and exhaust the body’s energy reserves. This allows for a faster breakdown of tissues, and a lessened ability to combat the other symptoms of COPD.

Final Word of Warning: While COPD symptoms can be helped with some of these home remedies, it is important to speak with a doctor and monitor the progression of the disease. Different strategies and therapies are required as the disease progresses. These home remedies are suggested as complementary treatments to more formal medical approaches. Protection Status
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John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, and publisher who earned his English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign, Urbana (USA). He is the co-founder of a literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and calls the most beautiful places in the world his office. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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