What is COPD?
COPD is the acronym for the condition Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, and is a spectrum or range of conditions that exhibit the predominant complaints of cough and breathlessness. Whereas in Asthma, the problem was in the airways of the lungs, in COPD, the issue goes deeper. Chronic Bronchitis and Emphysema are the most known forms of the condition.
The airways within the lungs form an intricate network and they become smaller the deeper they go. Every tiny airway ends in a bag-like structure called alveolus that is the centre of exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide. By inflating and deflating, the alveoli are able to maintain oxygen levels in the lungs and blood.
In COPD, these alveoli become defective and lose their flexibility resulting in incomplete functioning.
What are the symptoms of COPD?
1)The most obvious and distressing symptom is breathlessness that is worse on exertion.
2)Wheezing or whistling sound from the chest. This happens because air tries to pass through the narrowed airways and cannot.
3)Sense of tightness in the chest.
4)Cough with thick, white, sticky sputum.
5)Overwork of the muscles of the chest and neck in a bid to carry out normal breathing
Why does COPD occur?
1)According to the WHO, more than 200 million people suffer from COPD today. And 90% of these people smoke. Smoking is the foremost cause of COPD. People who are habitual and chronic smokers slowly develop irreversible changes in their airways and alveoli causing a decrease in the overall respiratory capacity and elasticity of the lungs due to the irritation caused by smoke.
2)Exposure to pollutants on a daily basis and animal hair can give rise to COPD.
3)Even being in the same room as a person smoking can set the base for COPD. This is called passive smoking.
4)Industrial exposure to toxic gases is one of the most underrated causes of COPD and today, is recognized as an occupational hazard.
5)A rare genetic deficiency of the enzyme alpha-1 antitrypsin (responsible for maintaining the elasticity of alveoli) can give rise to symptoms of Emphysema at an early age.
How does Homeopathy Treatment work in COPD?
Homeopathy Treatment brings down the hypersensitivity of the individual. The medicines help to reduce the excessive reaction of the airways to any trigger and bring the immune system to levels of normality.
Homeopathic medicines for COPD reduce the severity and frequency of attacks and prevent recurrence of the condition even in the presence of the trigger allergen giving more lasting relief to the patient.