Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a lung disease characterized by chronic obstruction of lung airflow that interferes with normal breathing. Emphysema and chronic bronchitis are the two most common conditions that contribute to COPD. Chronic bronchitis is inflammation of the lining of the bronchial tubes, which carry air to and from the air sacs (alveoli) of the lungs. It's characterized by daily cough and mucus (sputum) production.COPD is not simply a "smoker's cough" but an under-diagnosed, life-threatening lung disease.
Causative factors for COPD:
The main cause of COPD in developed countries is tobacco smoking. In the developing world, COPD often occurs in people exposed to fumes from burning fuel for cooking and heating in poorly ventilated homes.Only about 20 to 30 percent of chronic smokers may develop clinically apparent COPD, although many smokers with long smoking histories may develop reduced lung function. Some smokers develop less common lung conditions. They may be misdiagnosed as having COPD until a more thorough evaluation is performed.
COPD symptoms often don't appear until significant lung damage has occurred, and they usually worsen over time, the main symptom is a daily cough and sputum production at least three months a year for two consecutive years.
Other signs and symptoms of COPD may include:
- Shortness of breath especially during physical activities
- Chest tightness
- A chronic cough that may produce mucus (sputum) that may be clear, white, yellow or greenish.
- Blueness of the lips or fingernail beds (cyanosis)
- Frequent respiratory infections
- Lack of energy
- Unexplained weight loss in later stages
- Swelling in ankles, feet or legs
How to diagnose COPD?
A COPD diagnosis is confirmed by a simple test called spirometry, which measures how deeply a person can breathe and how fast air can move into and out of the lungs. Such a diagnosis should be considered in any patient who has symptoms of cough, sputum production, or dyspnea and a history of exposure to risk factors for the disease.
How Homeopathy helps to cure COPD?
Homeopathy offers good supportive role in cases of COPD. Homeopathy can control further destruction of the tissues in lungs. Symptomatic relief and prevention of complication are main achievement by Homoeopathy. Homeopathic treatment for COPD can also aid in achieving significant reduction in dependence on bronchodilators and steroid medications.Every medicine prescribed in homeopathic treatment for COPD can relieve patients from their distressing symptoms without the fear of producing any adverse reactions or side effects.Homeopathy is one of the most popular holistic systems of medicine. The selection of remedy is based upon the theory of individualization and symptoms similarity by using holistic approach. The aim of homeopathy is not only to treat COPD symptoms but to address its underlying cause and individual susceptibility.
Commonly indicated Homeopathic remedies:
Bryonia: A wonderful remedy in homeopathic treatment for COPD in patients who have dry hacking cough with rust-coloured sputum. Any slightest motion seems to increase the complaints. Cough occurs immediately after entering a warm room.Cough dry as if coming from stomach with stitches in side of chest. Thirst for large quantities of water at long intervals.
Rumex: Useful in homeopathic treatment for COPD in patients who have dry teasing cough initially, followed by stringy cough. Complaints increase on talking, by pressure and taking in cold air.
Phosphorus: Patient is young, tall, weak, narrow chest, anxious look with pale face. Bleeding tendency, sensitive to odours. Great anxiety about future & his own health, Fear of darkness & being alone. Catches cold easily with desire for open air. Pain in chest worse by lying on left side, inspiration & cough.
Calcarea carb: Leuco-phlegmatic Constitution, takes cold easily. People looks fat or very thin. Sweaty head on sleeping which soaks the pillow Desire eggs. Affinity for Right middle lobe of lung complaints. Dyspnoea worse by ascending stairs, exertion. Ice-cold feet, wants to wear socks yet want to uncover them when warm