Herbal Remedies has one tried any of these

Treating lung problems with herbs

The lungs are located inside the rib cage and are made up of spongy tissue. They bring in oxygen from the air and expel carbon dioxide (which is a waste product of cell metabolism) from the body. The lungs contain air sacs called alveoli where the oxygen and carbon dioxide exchanges take place. The lungs also filter out small blood clots formed in the veins and act as a surrounding cushion for the heart.

The body's nervous system controls breathing. Nerve cells also sense irritants such as pollen, smoke, dust, or mucus and produce a coughing response. Coughing causes air to be rapidly expelled from the lungs hopefully removing the offending substance.

There are many conditions and diseases that involve the lungs. Asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, tuberculosis, cystic fibrosis, collapsed lung, apnea, pulmonary edema, pneumonia, and cancer are some of the most common. (According to the American Lung Association, lung cancer is the leading cancer killer in both men and women.)

Symptoms of lung problems include coughing, chest pain, blood, difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, unexplained fatigue, and rapid weight loss. Causes include infection, smoking, air pollution, vitamin A deficiency, and suppressive over-the-counter cold and congestion remedies that don't allow the lungs to function.

A mucous cleansing diet is great for the lungs and includes lots of citrus fruit, apricots, peaches, plums, fresh juices, lemon water, vegetables, salads, brown rice, yogurt, herbal teas, fish, and seafood. Anyone with lung problems should avoid all dairy products except yogurt.

Many herbs are considered excellent remedies for lung problems. Licorice, marshmallow, pleurisy root, thyme, coltsfoot, catnip, elecampane, gingko biloba, rosemary, comfrey, and mullein are all good choices whether alone or combined.

Mullein is a favorite remedy for lung conditions and grows wild in the North Georgia Mountains. Mullein leaves and flowers are used to treat bronchitis, colds, flu, emphysema, and laryngitis. Mullein tinctures, teas, and syrups help bring up sticky phlegm. Mullein is used to fight bacteria and helps inhibit the spread of flu viruses. In cases of chronic respiratory problems, mullein should be combined with mulberry bark, cowslip root, elecampane, viola, anise, or thyme. Mullein is considered a mild sedative and an excellent expectorant. When using mullein to treat coughs due to colds, combine with horehound and lobelia.

When using mullein in tea form, use one cup of water to two teaspoons of dried, crumbled leaf and flowers. Steep fifteen minutes and then strain through a fine cloth. Drink three to four cups of mullein tea per day. As with all herbs, many doses throughout the day are best.

Chest and lung problems sometimes occur after a traumatic emotional experience. Grief and sorrow can greatly affect the lungs. Chest infections tend to strike when we feel “down and out” or depressed. A gentle chest massage can do much to soothe and heal in these cases. Use good carrier oil with eucalyptus, lavender, rosemary, or tea tree essential oil for best results.

* Do not take large doses of licorice in cases of high blood pressure. Always consult with a healthcare professional before using any herbal remedy.

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  • Hello Snook interesting- where does this text come from? Can you please give us the reference? No I have not specifically tried any of them for lung problems but consume some of them regularly such as yoghurt, licorice, herbs, fruits etc

  • sorry should have put this in everygreenherb.com is the link

  • When I clicked on your link I got a WOT (Web Of Trust) warning about this site, see . . . mywot.com/en/scorecard/huge...

  • Sorry stilltruckin there seems to be a problem with this link now, I will let you know if I manage to sort it out.

  • sorry I have found the problem, it is me lol, it should have read everygreenherb.com

  • snook, found your info on herbs fasinating ,,would love to learn more about herb remedies, for copd but find it so hard to remember all i have read.

  • Up date to web site it should read everygreenherb.com not evergreenherb sorry folks.

  • I am extremely new to all this copd and only registered yesterday. Needless to say, I've been doing some research and think I have inadvertently been taking a supplement that has probably helped with the fact that I have no symptoms. Green Lipped Mussel Powder. I take it for the natural anti inflammatory properties and it has helped immensely with arthritis/lupus flares.

    I see that two universities have done trials on green lipped mussels and have found that they are a natural leukotriene modifier (gibberish I know). Anyway, they have tested asthma sufferers and seen an improvement in breathing. Then I found this article:

    [link to medscape.com]

    I really think that by taking this supplement (for something else entirely) I may have inadvertently eased all symptoms of emphysema. If you are still looking for natural remedies it certainly wouldn't hurt adding the green lipped mussel powder to your regime.

    Also, the Green Lipped Mussel powder is excellent for blood circulation, which maybe why they were shocked at just how fast my heart pumped the dye through in the CT Scan (they said it took 3 seconds) and my heart is great. I've been taking the supplement daily for over three years now. If you do decide to try this supplement it is important you take the purest form - there are a lot out there with not the right amount of goodness in them. I take Xtendlife.

  • The above link takes you nowhere - trying again..


  • Thanks for this information, kiwigirl!

  • You are welcome though this medscape site is a stinker for linking to. I googled leukotrienes & copd and the article comes up on the first page. Basically says that leukotriene inhibitors help with copd even better than the steroid inhalers. People still exhale too many leukotrienes with the steroid ones and the whole idea is to reduce them.

  • Yep - I ended up a bit boggle eyed and googled in the end!

    I've ordered one but it's a bit of a minefield out there because some production methods are not effective, apparently. Usually I'm a cheapskate but not this time so I'm keeping fingers crossed that my investment pays off!

    I won't use inhaled steroids, only prednisolone when essential, so there's a chance ....... maybe.

    Incidentally, a giggle along the way - when I typed greenlipped, my spellcheck changed it to 'green plopped'!

  • Sorry for the late reply. I'm having trouble with linking to this site for some reason. Hope it works for you.

  • Thanks - difficult to tell but fingers crossed!

  • Fab info thanks. X

  • Thanks for the information. id did go to evergreenherb in the past. Are they not a bit expensive. I try to compare with several sites like Baldwins, not cheap, but they say they guarantee their quality. that's the thing that is difficult to check, quality. some stuff is cold pressed or infused or steamed; this information is difficult to obtain. I check with Wikipedia on how herbs are prepared and which is the best way for the purpose.

    I have used mullein in tincture. But I got ill and had to go to hospital, so that was the end of mullein, although I think it has value!

  • Hi Snook, I found this post from your good self in the archives - relating to herbal treatment, as there is a post on the forum today about herbal remedies. What you have said is informative and could be helpful to the current post. It's always worth sifting through past posts on this forum, I think!

    How are you getting on with herbal remedies for your breathing problems?



  • Hi Stillmovin 1 Thought I should come in on your post. Regret to tell you that Snook passed away earlier this month. Sorry to have to say. x

  • costacal, thank you so much for getting back to me and I am dreadfully sorry to hear the sad news about this gentleman. I did not know him very well from my short spell on this forum but noticed his very useful input on some articles that concerned people on this forum. He seemed to be a very valuable contributor and it is always devastating to hear about people's demise on the forum. My condolences to his family and friends. May he rest in peace. Stillmovin1

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