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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) alternative, natural treatment

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is the name given to a group of lung conditions that cause increasing breathing difficulties and limit a persons' ability to complete their normal activities, such as, including emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Recent research suggests new, plant-based COPD treatments could be an effective and beneficial option for those who are struggling to manage their symptoms.

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5 minutes

Every 5 minutes someone else is diagnosed with COPD

2nd

most common reason for A&E admissions in England is COPD symptom exacerbation

FVC

FVC (forced vital capacity) has shown to increase with natural, plant based treatments

68%

of UK adults would consider plant based treatments

“The Releaf+ subscription simplifies the entire process of my plant-based treatment.“

Nigel, Releaf Patient

October 2023

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Symptoms

Shortness of breath

Persistent wheezing

Persistent cough

Excessive phlegm

Frequent chest infections

If you are suffering from any of these symptoms, you may have cognitive obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Please speak with your GP to find out more.

Treatment options:

Because smokers are at a much higher risk of developing COPD, and it is a disease that develops gradually over time, it is always recommended to stop smoking - especially if you have already been diagnosed with COPD. The NHS typically prescribe bronchodilator inhalers, either short or long acting, steroids, and antibiotics to help patients manage symptoms.

Salbutamol

Terbutaline

Salmeterol

Tiotropium

Steroids

Antibiotics

If you are struggling to manage your symptoms and have already tried two conventional treatments for COPD, alternative natural treatments may be suitable for you. Use our free eligibility tool to find out now.
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A word from our specialist

"There is increasing evidence that medical cannabis can reduce the intensity of symptoms in patients with inflammatory bowel disease, albeit without altering what the condition looks like under the microscope. Irritable bowel syndrome similarly, although a distinct condition from both Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis, can be calmed down considerably by means of cannabinoid therapy."

Dr David Tang

Gastroenterological Specialist

Can plant-based treatments help alleviate COPD symptoms?

Research studies have shown that in some cases, natural compounds can act as bronchodilators, and these qualities can be harnessed in plant-based alternatives. 

When administered under clinical supervision and careful monitoring, natural alternative COPD treatments can improve sleep, support the immune system and reduce phlegm. Researchers have also been able to demonstrate how certain plant chemicals have the ability to reduce airway inflammation and increase forced vital capacity (FVC) which improves overall lung function. 

When these chemicals are included in treatments, they can be a powerful tool for patients with COPD who are struggling to manage their symptoms with conventional medicines. 

Natural COPD treatments are typically formulated into oils, to be absorbed under the tongue, or available in dried flower form, which is vaporised in a safe device, and then inhaled into the lungs.

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