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Is it safe to try alternative therapies to treat copd?

Is it safe to try alternative therapies to treat copd?

Depends: What are the alternative therapies and are these in place of standard treatment? For instance massage and exercise programs are beneficial and safe. Questionable medications, herbal supplements and accupuncture have little evidence to support their use. ...Read more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (Copd) (Definition)

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, otherwise known as COPD, may include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. Chronic bronchitis is the production of increased mucus caused by inflammation. Bronchitis is considered chronic if you cough and produce excess mucus for most days three months out of the year, two years in a row. Emphysema is a disease that damages the air sacs or the smallest breathing tubes in the lungs. COPD is commonly associated with smoking. ...Read more


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Is photodynamic therapy an alternative to lung surgery for copd?

Is photodynamic therapy an alternative to lung surgery for copd?

No: There is no evidenced base proven benefit for the use of photodynamic therapy to treat copd. ...Read more

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I was prescribed benzonatate just after a breathing treatment for copd chronic bronchitis. Is this safe for me?

I was prescribed benzonatate just after a breathing treatment for copd chronic bronchitis.  Is this safe for me?

RAD V COPD: YES IT IS: COPD TX has many layers :LONG ACTING INHALERS/SHORT ACTING INHALERS/benzoate/SINGULAIR. COPD is unusual in an non smoker under 50. Make sure they evaluate you for alpha1 antitrypsin deficiency /pulmonary hypertension/pulmonary fibrosis/sarcoidosis . You need a full exam labs CT of chest . PFTS with DLCO AND POTENTIALLY lung bronchoscopy with biopsy. By pulmonary consult. ...Read more

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How effective is harmonica therapy in COPD patients?

How effective is harmonica therapy in COPD patients?

Breathing Exercises.: Any breathing exercises, playing the harmonica or otherwise, could help improve some symptoms of COPD. ...Read more

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Are there any natural therapies for COPD of the lungs?

Are there any natural therapies for COPD of the lungs?

Therapy/rehab: The problem with COPD and recurrent lung infections is that the lungs are damaged and abnormal. The best thing to do naturally is to exercise them and improve breathing techniques. Some people go to something like yoga breathing but there are excellent formal pulmonary rehabilitation treatments (typically 8-12 weeks long) that can be extremely helpful. Cough techniques to clear secretions ... ...Read more

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Could anyone suggest natural therapies for COPD of lungs?

Could anyone suggest natural therapies for COPD of lungs?

Sure: Tried and true strategies: if you are smoking quit smoking, nothing else will do you more good than quitting. Moderate exercise, 20 to 30 minutes a day, 4 or 5 days a week. Increase intake of fresh fruits and vegetables. There are no proven herbal remedies. Avoid aromatherapy. ...Read more

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What do you feel abt stem cell therapy for copd ?

Unclear: Stem cell therapy is now being used in an experimental approach for severe COPD in an effort to regenerate lung tissue. There haven't been enough cases or time to know if this approach can be benefical. While theoretically appealing, results need to be assessed before it can be recommended. ...Read more

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Can anyone suggest natural therapies for copd?

Copd treatment: Natural therapies for COPD are indirect. Pranayama yoga with breathing exercises can help the shortness of breath. Stopping smoking is the most important therapy. Dietary therapy with reduction in carbohydrates may have some effect and will be most effective in very severe patients as this can literally decrease carbon dioxide production--one of the tenets of using a supplement designed for it. ...Read more

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Copd (Definition)

COPD may include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. Chronic bronchitis is the production of increased mucus caused by inflammation. Bronchitis is considered chronic if you cough and produce excess mucus most days for three months in a year, two years in a row. Emphysema is a disease that damages the air sacs and/or the smallest breathing tubes in the lungs. ...Read more


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