Emphysema refers to a condition of the respiratory tract that results in increase in size of the alveoli. Alveoli are the tiny sacs that are filled with air when we breathe in. As the condition worsens the alveoli ultimately rupture making the airways narrow, which results in labored breathing.
There are some herbs that can help deal with emphysema in order to make breathing easier. However, check with your doctor before embarking on herbal treatment of emphysema.
Herbal Remedies for Emphysema
Elecampane is an herbal medication specifically meant for treating emphysema. The herbal preparation has both anti-inflammatory as well as expectorant effect on the body. It also helps strengthen the immune system and gives boost to the lung tone.
In fact, the medication has been used in the treatment of various lungs’ related condition such as emphysema, tuberculosis, bronchitis and asthma. Check with your doctor about the dosage for the herbal medication.
American ginseng is a widely used herb because of its many medicinal properties. The herb is a perennial plant and is found growing only in North America. It is a rich source of many medicinal compounds such as saponin, beta-sitosterol, fumaric acid, campesterols and panaxic acid. The herb also contains healthy nutrients like vitamins, folate and fiber.
American ginseng is considered a good option for treating emphysema mainly because of the presence of so many nutrients that provide boost to a sluggish immune system. Drink several cups of ginseng tea to treat the condition.
We all are aware that cardamom is an herb that is commonly used as a spice all over the world. The herb has a distinctive aroma and flavour and is therefore, a favourite cooking ingredient. Cardamom contains cineole, a compound that is an expectorant.
It is because of this compound that cardamom has been successfully used in the treatment of cough; cineole helps the body get rid of the mucus that lines the airways making it difficult to breathe. You can drink cardamom tea three times a day to treat the problem of emphysema. Adding cardamom to cold beverages and your desserts will also help.
Eucalyptus is known for its delicate aroma that helps dispel severe headaches including migraine. The herbal oil if eucalyptus is also used for treating problems related to common cold including coughing and chest congestion. The herb is also sold in the form of a commercial decongestant.
Inhaling eucalyptus oil treated steam is known to open the nasal passages making it easier to breathe. You can also add fresh or dried leaves of eucalyptus to your tea for treating emphysema.
Horsetail is a natural diuretic because of which it is considered beneficial in the treatment of emphysema. Consumption of the herb helps get rid of excessive fluid from the lungs as well as from any other parts of the body. Fluid retention in the lungs is mainly due to emphysema. Horsetail helps the body eliminate all the extra water especially from the lungs that can help with easy breathing. Adult patients should be given 300 mg of horsetail pill thrice a day to treat emphysema.