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COPD stands for chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, a long-standing illness that involves restricted air flow in the lungs. COPD is considered a progressive and fatal condition. People with COPD may have reduced blood oxygen saturation levels and sometimes require the use of supplemental oxygen.
Some people may be predisposed genetically to be vulnerable to asthma, bronchitis, or emphysema, and therefore are at higher risk for COPD. However, the two most common causes of COPD are cigarette smoke and environmental pollution. According to a 2009 study by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, coal dust is a cause of emphysema. People who work with aerosol chemicals, such as painters, beauticians, and factory workers are at higher risk of COPD.
Conventional Western medicine treats COPD mainly by managing the symptoms. In some cases when bacteria or viruses are present, people with COPD may benefit from antibiotics and vaccines. Otherwise, steroids are commonly used to combat inflammation and increase the air flow in the lungs. Other medications may be used to control mucus production or to dilate the bronchi. Surgery may be recommended to remove damaged lung tissue.
A 2010 study from the University of Indonesia found that Echinacea pared with selenium, Vitamin C, and zinc helped those with COPD have shorter, less severe attacks, including problems caused by upper respiratory infections. Other nutrients that may benefit those who have COPD or any of the three related conditions – asthma, chronic bronchitis, or emphysema – include: Bear’s garlic, celery, eucalyptus, flax seeds, life everlasting, pearly everlasting, strawberry, yew, bitter milkwort, cubeb, European seneka, lady’s thumb, pansy, pleurisy root, and wahoo.
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