COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
COPD, a widespread chronic lung condition globally, encompasses chronic bronchitis and emphysema.
Emphysema is a progressive, chronic lung disease resulting from the deterioration of the tissue surrounding lung air sacs (alveoli). This breakdown prevents the alveoli from retaining air, leading to breathlessness.
Causes of COPD:
Primary causes include smoking and exposure to pollution.
Symptoms of COPD:
Patients experience oxygen deficiency and excess carbon dioxide in the lungs, leading to shortness of breath. Symptoms often worsen with physical activity, eventually occurring even with mild exertion. Rapid breathing (tachypnea) and weight loss may follow. In advanced cases, the chest may develop an increased anteroposterior diameter, known as barrel chest.
Diagnosis of COPD:
Doctors diagnose COPD through clinical examination and various tests, including:
- Spirometry (Lung function test)
- Chest X-ray
- Complete blood count
- Blood test to rule out tuberculosis
Homeopathy plays a valuable supportive role in emphysema cases. It can help control further tissue deterioration in the lungs while enhancing the body’s immunity. The main achievements of homeopathy in COPD include providing symptomatic relief and preventing complications.
In severe cases, supplementary oxygen may be beneficial. Homeopathy can also potentially reduce the need for bronchodilators, cortisone, and antibiotics in the case of infections.