Emphysema is a progressive lung disease in which tiny air sacs and ducts of the lungs, known as alveoli, start to break down and become enlarged. As this occurs, so does the gradual destruction of the alveoli walls and a loss of blood vessels that supply the alveoli with oxygen and vital nutrients. This results in a reduction in the size of the lung area where gases are exchanged, an essential step of the breathing process. This, in turn, causes a reduction of the available oxygen supply for the rest of the body’s cells, tissues, and organs, as well as an influx of excess carbon dioxide in the bloodstream. In addition, the lung tissue itself becomes hardened and inflamed.
Caution: Emphysema is a serious respiratory disorder and requires medical attention. Left untreated, it can prove fatal and also contribute to lung cancer.
The symptoms of emphysema include breathlessness, especially during times of exertion (including the simple act of speaking), wheezing, spasmodic coughing attacks, a frequent need to expel sputum, and, in some cases, cyanosis, a condition characterized by a blue tinge to the skin. Many people with emphysema develop a barrel-shaped chest as a result of the hardening occurring within the lungs. Without proper treatment, patients can die due to respiratory failure.
The primary causes of emphysema are cigarette smoking and environmental toxins.
Cigarette Smoking: Cigarette smoking, including regular exposure to second hand smoke can dramatically increase the risk of emphysema, as well as many other health conditions, including heart disease and cancer. Moreover the risk of developing emphysema as a result of smoking is directly correlated to the amount of cigarettes a person smokes per day, as well as the number of years he or she has been a smoker. What follows are some of the most serious health consequences caused by cigarette smoke:
According to researchers, each time you smoke a cigarette, you shorten your life by approximately eight minutes. Lifetime smokers can expect to shorten their lives by as much as 12 to 16 years.
Smoking just one cigarette can increase your heart rate by as much as 25 beats per minute, significantly increasing the risk of high blood pressure.
Smoking significantly depletes your body’s vitamin C supply. Vitamin C, which cannot be manufactured by the body and therefore must be consumed each day via diet and supplementation, has been shown as essential for the body’s overall functioning. Lack of vitamin C can lead to serious health problems, including heart disease and cancer, as well as other respiratory conditions, such as asthma, bronchitis, and pneumonia.
It takes the body’s circulatory system approximately six hours to return to normal after a cigarette is smoked because of how cigarettes dramatically raise carbon monoxide levels in the bloodstream, diminishing overall oxygen levels.
Each time a cigarette is smoked the body’s immune system is seriously suppressed and requires up to three months to repair itself after smoking is stopped, and many more years of repair before all of the direct and indirect effects of smoking can be counteracted by the body.
At least 4,000 toxic substances are contained in cigarettes.
All of the above health hazards have also been found to affect non-smokers who are regularly exposed to cigarette smoke.
Environmental Toxins: Environmental toxins represent the other major cause of emphysema. Asbestos and cadmium (which are contained in cigarettes and cigarette smoke) in particular, are associated with a greater risk of developing emphysema.
Other causes of emphysema include genetic or hereditary factors, gastric ulcers, and pre-existing respiratory disease, such as asthma, bronchitis, and pneumonia. Poor diet, food allergies and sensitivities, and nutritional deficiencies can increase the risk of emphysema, as well as exacerbate its symptoms.
|Quick Action Plan for Emphysema|
- Stop smoking. Alternative therapies only work if you discontinue smoking and avoid exposure to secondhand smoke.
- Inhale steamed vapors of the essential oils of eucalyptus and pine; massage the essential oils of cedarwood, eucalyptus, or peppermint into the chest daily.
- Ayuvedic physicians recommend boiling two to three cloves of raw, organic garlic in water; when tender, crush them, add them to the water and drink.
- Be screened for food allergies and sensitivities, and then avoid eating those foods to which you are allergic or sensitive.
- Do not eat sugar, wheat, or soy products, soft drinks, commercially processed foods, and all foods containing artificial ingredients. Avoid commercial milk and dairy products, coffee and caffeine products, red meat, salt, refined carbohydrates, corn, chocolate, and hydrogenated and trans fats.
- Drink eight ounces of pure, filtered water every two hours. Enjoy freshly-made, organic vegetable juices throughout the day using combinations of carrot, celery, spinach, wheatgrass, watercress, and one clove of garlic.
- Eat organic, whole foods such as fresh, raw fruits and vegetables, soaked raw nuts and seeds, free-range, grass-fed meats, poultry, and wild-caught fish. Regularly have garlic, cayenne pepper, chili peppers, mustard, and onions. Use coconut and extra virgin olive oil, or raw, organic butter.
- Useful herbs include coltsfoot tea and thyme, peppermint tea, anise oil mixed with honey, mullein, comfrey, fenugreek, licorice root, rosehips, rosemary, slippery elm, and white horehound.
- Helpful homeopathic remedies are Aspidosperma and Carbo vegetabilis.
- Try hydrotherapy treatments by applying water, ice, steam, and hot and cold temperatures through full body immersion, steam baths, saunas, and sitz baths.
- Buy a negative ion generator, a humidifier, and add air filtering house plants to your home and work. Keep your place well ventilated.
- Useful nutrients include Vitamin C, Vitamins B6, B12, Vitamin E, chlorophyll, coenzyme Q10 (CQ10), folic acid, lecithin, and the amino acids L-cysteine, L-methionine, and L-glutathione.
As with all diseases this did not happen overnight. The very first thing you must do is see a licensed health professional. Find a list of practitioners in your local area here
Here are some things you can discuss with your practitioner:
- Eliminate Candida: Click here to find out how
- Do the Hydrogen Peroxide Protocol to strengthen the immune system:
- Drink 3oz of Colloidal Silver, three or four times a day for 60 days www.colloidsforlife.com/ Silver has long been recognised as a powerful natural antibiotic. Colloidal silver is silver that has been removed electronically from its source and then suspended in water. It is used to treat a myriad of diseases.
- Go on a fast to clear your system of toxic waste www.wecarespa.com
Hydrotherapy is the application of water, ice, steam and hot and cold temperatures to maintain and restore health. Treatments include full body immersion, steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation and the application of hot and/or cold compresses. Hydrotherapy is effective for treating a wide range of conditions and can easily be used in the home as part of a self-care program. Many Naturopathic Physicians, Physical Therapists and Day Spas use Hydrotherapy as part of treatment.
There are several at-home hydrotherapy treatments. For treating rheumatoid arthritis, we recommended constitutional hydrotherapy (apply two to five times weekly) or a heating compress (apply once daily to affected areas). Please seek the advice of your alternative health care practitioner before undergoing these procedures to make sure they are appropriate for you.
- We recommend regular colonics to remove toxicity from the body. Read more about colonics by clicking here. Find a practitioner here.
- Most of the water that we drink is very acidic and in order to heal our bodies need a more alkaline state. During the programme drink alkalised water, which you can buy from Real Water www.drinkrealwater.com/
- Take a bath as often as possible up to once a day with two litres of 35% food grade Hydrogen Peroxide. shoppingcart.purehealthsystems.com/?Click=4464
If you suffer from emphysema, you need to be screened for food allergies and sensitivities, and then avoid eating those foods you are allergic or sensitive to. In addition, avoid all sugar and sugar products, wheat and wheat byproducts, soy products, soft drinks, commercially processed foods, and all foods containing artificial ingredients, such as additives, colorings, flavorings, and preservatives (BHA, BHT, sodium nitrite, sulfites, saccharin, aspartame, and cyclamates, to name a few). Also minimize your intake of milk and dairy products, and coffee and other caffeine products, as well as red meat, salt, refined carbohydrates (white breads, pastries, commercial pastas), corn, chocolate, and unhealthy fats (hydrogenated or trans fats).
Drink plenty of pure, filtered water; at least eight ounces every two hours. For best results, add fresh squeezed lemon juice and a dash of cayenne pepper, making sure to brush your teeth afterwards so the acid from the citrus is not allowed to sit on the teeth. In addition, enjoy freshly made organic vegetable juices throughout the day, as well as hot broths and soups. Diluted organic pear juice can loosen up lung congestion. As part of your daily diet, emphasize organic, whole foods, especially plenty of fresh, raw organic fruits and vegetables, preferably soaked nuts and seeds, organic, free-range meats and poultry, and wild-caught fish. Garlic, cayenne pepper, chili peppers, horseradish, mustard, and onions should be eaten regularly, due to their powerful health benefits for the lungs and overall respiratory system. Organic, extra virgin olive oil should be used liberally. Organic grapes and fresh grape juice can be effective, as well.
It is important to not add further toxicity to your system so try to adhere to the following:
- Do not consume any artificial sweeteners, such as Splenda, NutraSweet or Aspartame
- Do not consume high fructose corn syrup or mono-sodium glutamate.
- Do not drink any carbonated beverages.
- Avoid all fast food restaurants.
- Avoid all canned food.
- Eliminate conventional dairy products. The best dairy products are raw, unpasteurised and homogenised dairy from grass fed cows. If this is unavailable, then buy organic dairy.
- Avoid conventional beef. The best beef is organic grass fed beef. http://www.grasslandbeef.com/StoreFront.bok?affld=104400 The second best is organic meat; this includes beef, veal, lamb, chicken and turkey.
Useful nutrients for emphysema include vitamin C, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, vitamin C, vitamin E, chlorophyll, coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), folic acid, lecithin, and the amino acids L-cysteine, L-methionine, and L-glutathione.
- Take Vitamin D3 50,000-100,000 International Units a day for periods of 4 weeks at a time.
- Wholefood supplements are the best way of ensuring your nutritional needs are met. The best we know on the market is Kevin Trudeau’s “KT Daily” product. You can find more details here kevintrudeaudailylifesessentials.com/
- Take an Omega 3 supplement:
Prescription and non-prescription medication:
What non-prescription and prescription drugs are you taking? Your non-prescription and prescription are partially the reason that you have this illness or disease – you need to get off these medications but do so only under the guidance of a licensed health care practitioner.
We know that when the body is out of balance, energy doesn’t flow, leading blockages and eventually dis-ease. Here are some things you can do to combat stress and restore balance:
- Go to a Dr Morter BEST (Bio-Energetic Synchronisation Technique) Practitioner.
- Sign up for Energetic Re-Balancing: 2 practitioners to consider are:
- Stephen Lewis, founder of the Aim Program. Find out more by clicking here.
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- Consider using Mary Millers Iching System Products – ichingsystemsinstruments.com
- Reiki healing is very powerful in releasing stress and emotional baggage. Find a practitioner here.
- Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) has had remarkable results in dissolving stress. Find a local practitioner here (link) or go to www.thetappingsolution.com orwww.tftrx.com
- Try Hypnotherapy to relax the mind. Find a practitioner here.
Note: While all of the following therapies and self-care approaches can significantly relieve emphysema symptoms over time, they will be of little avail if you continue to smoke and/or be exposed to second hand smoke.
As always the fastest most effective way to receive tailored advice to your own situation, you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Ayurvedic practitionershere
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
To help ease emphysema symptoms, Ayurvedic physicians recommend boiling two to three cloves of raw, organic garlic in water. Once the cloves become tender, crush them, add to the water and drink the entire mixture in order to relief chest pain and ease breathing.
Traditional Chinese Medicine
To receive bespoke advice based upon your own situation you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners here
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
Xing Su San (apricot kernel and perilla leaf powder); Du Qi Wan (capital Qi pill) and Zhi Gan Cao Tang (honey-fried licorice decoction.)
Acupuncture has also proved successful.
Inhaling the steamed vapors of the essential oils of eucalyptus and pine can help relieve symptoms of emphysema, as can massaging the essential oils of cedarwood, eucalyptus, or peppermint into the chest once or twice each day.
To ensure positive results, always check that the essential oil is a 100% pure plant distillation and that it comes from a reputable source.
Owing to the principles behind homeopathy (link to full description of what it is) it is essential you see a licensed practitioner to receive your own personalised prescription. Find your closest Homeopath here
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
The homoepathic remedies Aspidosperma and Carbo vegetabilis can help to ease symptoms of emphysema.
Useful herbs for managing emphysema symptoms include coltsfoot tea and thyme, both of which can help reduce the build-up of mucus and sputum in the lungs and respiratory tract. Peppermint tea can also be used for this purpose. Anise oil mixed with honey can be helpful when taken before each meal. Ephedra can help reduce coughing and bronchial spasms, while mullein can aid in eliminating fluid build-up in the lungs and fighting and preventing associated infection. Other useful herbs include comfrey, fennel seed, fenugreek, licorice root, red poppy flowers, rosehips, rosemary, slippery elm, violet, and white horehound.
Yoga – The physical postures and breathing exercises comprising the practice of yoga have long been proven by scientific research to promote feelings of relaxation while simultaneously strengthening the body. Research conducted since the 1970s has shown that regular yoga practice not only relieves stress, and stressful emotions such as anxiety and depression, but also improves blood pressure rates and overall cardiovascular health. Yoga is also effective for reducing pain, improving gastrointestinal and respiratory function, and for improving cognitive function and enhancing sight and hearing.
Note: If you are just beginning to explore yoga, it is recommended that you initially do so under the guidance of a trained yoga instructor who can guide you to become aware of the subtleties involved in each yoga posture as well as the corresponding method of breathing.
Qigong –Is a wonderful form of exercise, breath work and meditation to relieve stress and tension in the body. See article section for more information about the art of qigong.
Rebounder – Use a rebounder (mini trampoline). Rebounding helps build strength and endurance, and works out your cardiovascular and respiratory systems. Rebounding keeps you fit and healthy both on the outside and inside and is a fantastic all round workout.
Tai Chi – This is an effective practice for clearing and strengthening the lungs.
Juice Therapy: The following juice combinations can be helpful for relieving symptoms: Carrot, celery, potatoes, spinach, wheatgrass, watercress, and one clove of garlic; barley juice with a clove of squeezed garlic; and the combined juices of grape, orange, lemon, and black currant.
Improving Indoor Air Quality: Improving the quality of your indoor air, both at home and at work, is an essential self-care step for helping to treat and prevent respiratory conditions, including bronchitis. Healthy air is warm, free of pollutants and odors, has a relative humidity of between 35 to 60 percent, and is high in oxygen and negative ions (3,000 to 6,000 negative ions per cubic centimeter). Today’s technology makes it easy to ensure that your indoor air meets the above criteria. A negative ion generator can not only increase the oxygen and negative ion content of indoor air, but can also cleanse it of harmful animal dander, bacteria, dust, mold, pollen, and viruses. Moreover, negative ions help to soothe and repair damaged mucosa of the nasal, lung, and bronchial pathways. For best results, choose a self-regulating negative ion generator that emits at least one trillion negative ions per second.
You should also use a humidifier to keep your indoor air moist, especially during winter months, when air tends to be drier. Choose a warm mist unit. Adding plants to your home and work environments can also help keep air moist. Certain plants, such as chrysanthemums, philodendron, and spider plants, can also help to keep your air free of circulating dust and microorganisms, since they act as natural air filters.
Also be sure that your home and work environments are properly ventilated, and avoid the use of synthetic materials in your home and workplace, including plastics.
Lifestyle: Avoid exposure to second hand smoke and excessively cold or dry air. Also make it a point to get plenty of good sleep each night, sleeping in an environment that is free of dust and contains warm, moist air.
Acupuncture and Emphysema: www.acufinder.com/Acupuncture+Information/Detail/Natural+Approach+to+Treating+Emphysema+and+COPD
Traditional Chinese Medicine – Ancient Healing www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/traditional_chinese_ancient_healing.php
The best way to cleansing and purification of the body www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/54_the_best_way_to_cleansing_and_purification_of_the_body_110512.php
Mother Nature’s Natural Germ Fighters naturalhealthdossier.com/2012/03/mother-natures-natural-germ-fighters/
Heal Your Body and Raise Your Consciousness – Qigong(from August 2012 newsletter)
Health Care that Won’t Cost You a Single Penny – EFT (June 2012 newsletter)
Become Master of Your Mind – taking charge of your reaction to stress (Oct 2012 newsletter)
Jump for Joy – Rebounding is a great stress busting workout (Oct 2012 newsletter)
Hypnotherapy for stress management – why it is so effective www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/hypnotherapy_for_stress.php
Ayurveda home remedies for the respiratory system: onlineyoga.useddomain.net/index.php?option=com_relatedvideos&tag:youtubecom,2008:video:1uDMy8pR7pA
EFT for treating disease http://www.garythink.com/eft/physicial.html
Childhood smoke exposure can lead to emphysema: www.naturalnews.com/028113_secondhand_smoke_emphysema.html
Olive leaf provides relief from emphysema: www.naturalnews.com/026950_olive_leaf_healing_flu.html
Further Information (links and books)
Breathing Free: The Revolutionary 5-Day Program to Heal Asthma, Emphysema, Bronchitis, and Other Respiratory Ailments by Teresa Hale and Leo Galland; Herbs to Help You Breathe Freely (Keats Good Herb Guides) by C.J. Puotinen
Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions: Self-Management of Heart Disease, Arthritis, Diabetes, Asthma, Bronchitis, Emphysema and Others: … … Asthma, Pain, Emphysema, and Others by Virginia Gonzalez
Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Fifth Edition: A Practical A-to-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies Using Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & Food … A-To-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies) by Phyllis Balch
Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art by Kathi Keville and Mindi Green
Detox and revitalize by Susana L. Belen
The Secret Language of Your Body by Inna Segal
The Healing Herbs: The Ultimate Guide to the Curative Power of Nature’s Medicines by Michael Castleman and Prevention Magazine
Andrea Butje | Aromahead [email protected] – aromatherapy
Carrie Vitt [email protected] – organic food recipes.
David Spector-NSR/USA [email protected] – meditation, stress
judith hoad [email protected] – herbalist.
Kath May [email protected] – reiki, tai chi.
Lillian Bridges [email protected] – Chinese medicine, living naturally.
Monika [email protected] – aromatherapy.
Rakesh [email protected] – Ayurvedic Practitioner.