COPD is a chronic lung disease which is considered very difficult to treat and in most cases, completely irreversible. However, in Ayurvedic medicine, there are far fewer limitations when it comes to treatment. Research of Ayurvedic treatment of COPD has yielded positive outcomes suggesting that Ayurveda may be the very solution that millions of COPD patients seek
In Ayurvedic medicine, a potent bronchodilator is used to effectively manage this condition and relieve the symptoms associated with it. (Of course, this is only one part of the protocol I use with my patients/clients. However, this is by far the most effective tool I have come across for COPD.)
This medicinal plant is used clinically in the treatment of a wide range of pulmonary diseases including Asthma and Bronchitis. The research suggests that Vasa is a potent bronchodilator and expectorant, making it a promising option in the treatment of COPD. In one comparative study, a formula containing Vasa was compared to an inhaled formula – Vasa not only outperformed the inhaled formula but also improved all major symptoms of the condition (1).
Unfortunately, the formula used in the research study is not easily available outside of India. However, a similar formula is “Bronchial Support“.
Also known as South African Geranium, this plant has proven (in clinical trials) to be highly effective in treating multiple pulmonary conditions including Asthma, the Common Cold and COPD.
In a clinical trial, the supplementation of Pelargonium Sidoides resulted in improved quality of life, fewer exacerbations, less need for antibiotics, improved patient satisfaction and a reduction in the number of days that patients felt unable to work (4).
Yoga & Pranayama
A group of yoga breathing exercises known as Pranayama has come to light in recent times due to its beneficial effects in the treatment of multiple chronic illnesses. These exercises have been found useful in COPD, Hypertension, Anxiety, Depression, and several other diseases.
In one study, Yoga therapy with an emphasis on Pranayama demonstrated an improvement in functional performance and a decrease in dyspnea-related distress in patients with COPD (2).
Ayurveda and Yoga is by far the most effective route when treating chronic diseases and should definitely be considered by patients suffering from COPD. In my experience, patients experience drastic improvement within as little as 1 week on treatment.
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by Dr. Nishal R.
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