Alternative Treatments for COPD
Are you one of the millions of Americans suffering from COPD?
COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is quickly becoming a worldwide epidemic. Current statistics state that over 200 million people have been diagnosed with COPD, and it causes more than 3 million deaths every year. As cases of this debilitating disease continue to rise, scientists are frantically searching for a therapeutic intervention that can slow the effects, save lives, and improve overall quality of life. Below are some of the treatments currently used to combat COPD, as well as an introduction to stem cell therapy, an exciting new alternative for COPD treatment.
Traditional COPD Treatments
Quit Smoking: More than any other form of treatment, ceasing to smoke has the greatest power to prevent continued damage to the lungs. For any current smoker diagnosed with COPD, beginning a quit smoking treatment plan should be their top priority.
Steroids and Nebulizers: These types of medications are commonly used to treat the symptoms of COPD, helping to open airways and decrease inflammation. However, they offer only temporary results and are not capable of reversing existing damage to the lungs.
Surgical Intervention: For patients with advanced COPD for whom more traditional treatments are no longer applicable, surgical intervention may be required. Surgeries commonly used to treat COPD include lung volume reduction surgery and lung transplantation.
Stem Cell Treatment for COPD
While traditional COPD treatments are only able to treat the symptoms and prevent further damage to the lungs as much as possible, stem cell therapy may truly be able to reverse the effects of the disease. Using adult stem cells from either your own body or a donor, doctors are now able to regenerate healthy lung tissue that can begin to erase the effects of COPD.
When treating your COPD, your doctor will likely use a number of different treatment methods for your particular symptoms and needs. If you would like to learn more about stem cell therapy for COPD, or any other treatment method, please call Royal Medical Group today. Our knowledgeable experts are ready to help you on the path toward easier breathing!