I have had COPD for five years, but I am managing it with lifestyle changes and assistance from my doctor.
Q. Dear Terry, “I have had COPD for five years, but I am managing it with lifestyle changes and assistance from my doctor. However, in the fall and winter, my symptoms seem to be much worse. Do you know of anything natural that might help?” — Steve K., Winnipeg, Canada
A. Dear Steve, Seasonal changes can be stressful on our immune system and exacerbate the symptoms of chronic respiratory issues like asthma, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), and bronchitis. I encourage you to discuss any supplement usage with your healthcare practitioner, as they may have additional insight. That being said, I believe I have some natural ingredients that may support your health.
Boswellia is a specific inhibitor of the 5-LOX enzyme, an inflammation trigger almost no other medicine (conventional or natural) can touch. This makes boswellia effective at treating lung problems, many of which are associated with excessive 5-LOX activity.
The symptoms of COPD are often triggered, in part, by the human leukocyte elastase (also abbreviated “HLE”). Fortunately, research shows that boswellia specifically inhibits this leukocyte (white blood cell), reducing the likelihood of the body’s reaction and thus the symptoms. By reducing the influence and activity of HLE, boswellia stops bronchial inflammation, opens bronchial airways and helps them remain open. It may also reduce the damage to bronchi that occurs over time due to chronic respiratory inflammation.
There are a few other natural compounds that work synergistically with boswellia to help with respiratory conditions. Thyme helps stop the spasmodic coughing and “tickling” in the throat, relaxes the airways in the lungs, and strengthens the activity of cilia to help loosen phlegm and keep mucus moving so you don’t feel clogged up. Ravintsara reduces inflammation and oxidative stress, which can benefit any type of respiratory disease or condition. Myrtle is excellent for treating bronchial and lung infections because it is a strong antioxidant, antiseptic, and antibacterial agent.
I would take 375 mg of boswellia, thyme, ravintsara, and myrtle two or three times per day.
Terry . . . Naturally