Last Modified on Jul 19, 2015
What Is Emphysema?
Emphysema is a lung disease caused by the death of tissues that hold together the shape and function of the lungs. This tissue death causes a collapse of the airways and destruction of tissue around the alveoli sacs that are crucial for getting oxygen into the blood, leading to hypoxemia (decreased oxygen partial pressure in the blood). Emphysema, along with chronic bronchitis, is part of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (or COPD), which sees the degeneration of the lung pathways over time. The symptoms of emphysema are shortness of breath, hyperventilation, and an expanded or barrel chest.
The leading cause of emphysema is smoking tobacco over a period of years, with the smoker developing emphysema gradually. For that reason, 94% of emphysema diagnosis among Americans occurs over the age of 45. Emphysema can also occur as a natural part of aging, and is commonly found in people over the age of 85; second-hand smoke can also increase risk.
Home Remedies for Emphysema
On this page you can find discussions and natural remedies for emphysema. The most popular treatment on Earth Clinic is a concoction of mullein, hyssop, vinegar, and cayenne pepper; but also quite useful are hydrogen peroxide inhalation techniques. We are actively interested in helping spread natural cures and emphysema treatments; if you have a remedy for emphysema, please share it here!
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[YEA] My husband has suffered from Emphysema for quite awhile now and has slowly been getting a lot worse with his breathing. He has been on several medications, plus inhalers and none of them seem to be helping much. He is a workaholic and was getting extremely frustrated at the fact that he was becoming unable to go to work several days at a time, and completely out of breath walking a very short distance, in fact 3 days ago, was seriously thinking of going into hospital again for some help. , but stayed in bed.
However, in the meantime, I found this website, read about the cayenne and told him about it. I didn't think for a minute that he would try it, but he did. To his and my surprise, he started to improve. His strength has been improving each day and we are both amazed at how much energy he has. In fact he is back off to work tomorrow - just 3 days after starting this remedy.
Taking the cayenne 3 times a day (1/2 teaspoon in warm water) has worked absolute wonders.
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Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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White River Jct, Vermont
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Toronto, Ont, Canada
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[YEA] I have been reading your readers' emails and I wanted to make some comments about Cayenne Pepper. Cayenne is one of my favorite herbs for myself and my clients. I had prostate cancer 18 years ago and I cured it naturally using herbs, cleansing and diet only. For the cancer I used the John Ray Christopher method of cayenne tea with a teaspoon of cayenne pepper in warm water 3 times daily. Today I still use one or more teaspoons daily in my food at every meal. Just recently I received a call from a Doctor of Chinese medicine who was throwing up blood from ulcers. As I alway do I suggested cayenne capsules using 100,000 heat units plus. He could not believe that this would work but he took my advice and within a few days his problem was over. Of course I also gave him some advice on changing diet and lifestyle. In my 18 years as a naturopathic healer I have used cayenne many times for bleeding ulcers. Cayenne also works great for emphysema sufferers, I have seen patients get off oxygen bottles and out of wheelchairs. But the person with the disease must go beyond the herb for the disease and look at the way they eat and their lifestyle. If they do not change their life the disease will appear somewhere else in another form.
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[YEA] Lung Congestion
After recovering from pneumonia, I continued to have chronic lung congestion. Coincidentally, my son in Texas mentioned a salsa recipe he'd made and suggested I give it a try. He insisted I use fresh cilantro for superior taste. Well, within 5 minutes of making and sampling the salsa, I coughed up an enormous amount of thick phlegm and breathed easier for the rest of the night. By morning, some sleep congestion returned. I made eggs, and since I had fresh cilantro left over from the salsa, I put it on the eggs. Once again, the congestion cleared, with lots of phlegm purged. All within 5-10 minutes of eating the cilantro.
Thinking maybe I had imagined the results, I went a week without trying the cilantro again. The congestion came back. I ate cilantro again, and the phlegm cleared again. I've repeated that test many times since then, and each time cilantro has proven to be my hero. My aunt, who has emphysema (COPD), tried it and got similar good results.
My lung doctor, originally from India, swears by cilantro (and coriander, which includes the whole plant, not just the leaves). The last time I went for a checkup, he declared that my lungs were completely clear and told me to keep eating cilantro.
So now I cook with cilantro several times a week, no matter what. And whenever I travel, I take a small bottle of dried cilantro to sprinkle on my food.
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Cartersville, Georgia, Usa
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Manganui, Northland, New Zealand
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Chelmsford, Essex, Uk
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Powell River, Bc
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emphysema - I am getting a bit confused about DMSO! I didn't know that you could take it internally. I use a nebuliser with abuterol. Can use use a nebulizer with DMSO mixed with food grade Hydrogen Peroxide? An immediate reply would be greatly appreciated...
EC: Appears that Robert is referring to the posts on the COPD page: http://www.earthclinic.com/cures/COPD.html
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Hi all, I have just found this site and I find it very interesting. A couple of days ago the doctor told me I had emphysema, WHAT! As I got back up off the floor! I am only 54 go running regularly and a non smoker, although I did smoke in my teens and have sucked in a bit of second hand smoke over the years. The doctor sent me away with a script for symbicourt and said "suck on that for two weeks then come back and see me" like hello I have a hundred million questions! I guess he didn't have the time! Please excuse my ignorance but what is everybody talking about on here regarding emphysema? Is everybody taking some of the items mentioned to remove phlem or what? The symbicourt seems to make it worse or is that my ANXIETY? Any response very much appreciated as my world has changed!
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Hydrogen peroxide for COPD, emphysema: Are there any people currently using Hydrogen Peroxide for COPD? I have a sense of mucous, more like a frog in my throat and inflammation, swelling it feels like in my lungs.
There is very little on the internet about H202, yet quite a lot about Turmeric or curcumin which can also be used, however it causes stomach acid for me.
If it is so good, and safe, how come there is not more about it.
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I am just wondering if there is anyone of the site that has severe emphysema and has this worked for them? My breathing is really bad but I am not on oxygen yet but getting there!!!
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Cameron Park, California, America
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] Dear sir/madam. i am trying bill munro's inhalation method at present and i am feeling some improvement. i would like to try taking h2o2 orally along with the inhalation method but i am unsure on the safety of doing this . Ido 3% h2o2 @6 puffs four times a day. my problem is emphysema. i am a 66 yr old male. can you or perhaps bill comment.
[YEA] food grade H202 (Hydrogen peroxide Totally helped (took away) my breathing problem, I used a product called OXY BODY - As Dr. Wallach formulated Oxy Body as an immune system booster to help aid and enhance the body's immune response during times of stress and exposure to infection and disease. It consists of an aloe vera base with 25 drops of food grade H202 (Hydrogen peroxide) per fluid ounce of product. Oxy Body also boasts a number of herbs found to be of benefit to the immune system. One drinks it on an empty stomach. Once ingested the H2O2 breaks down into H2O, water, and oxygen. Hemoglobin in the blood in the walls of the stomach grabs on to the oxygen molecule and then delivers it to needy cells and tissue around the body. Pathogens thrive in an anaerobic environment. In an oxygen rich environment it is difficult for them to reproduce. Thus it is thought that by keeping the system fully oxygenated one can keep infection and disease at bay. Also the product works for allergy sufferers, smokers, folks with emphysema, etc. to help oxygenate the systemhydrogen peroxide in itmade by Dr. Joel Wallach, http://www.majesticearth-minerals.com/default.php, http://www.wallachonline.com http://www.deaddoctors.com/html/nobel.htm This product really helped me, I used to not be able to walk 5 feet without being totally out of breath, I have not even had to use my inhaler for several years, I keep it on hand just in case I ever need it. However , but once I had a allergic reaction to the antibiotic Levaquin and then developed acid reflux, and my throat started suctioning shut when I swallowed, It seemed to aggravate my throat, don't know why, unless it is because it is a little fizzy, so I have not been able to use the food grade H202 (Hydrogen peroxide, Has anyone had this problem, any suggestions??
[YEA] Hydrogen peroxide diluted with water and also the inhaling method cured my emphysema; wow what a difference in an hour and half or so... very chronic for about week, could hardly breath.
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[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] My Mom, who is 67, is an ex-smoker. Although she quit back in 1983, she was diagnosed with emphysema in 2013. She has hardly any trust in the medical establishment (long story, but I can't say as I blame her much! ), and so the only reason she went to the doctor last year was because she got a letter to report for jury duty and had to have a doctor's letter saying she was physically unable to serve. So to a clinic she went. The physician asst. was alarmed when he took her oxygen level and wanted her to go to the ER. Mom was very resistant to the idea but because I was so upset, she agreed to go the next day for my sake. They took a lung x-ray and gave her a breathing treatment and told her she had emphysema. She was given a referral to a lung doctor and also a prescription for an inhaler. truth be told, Mom has never actually needed the inhaler, but has kept it around "just in case". Needless to say, she never did go to a lung doctor. So anyway, for the past 4 years I have watched her breathing get worse and listened sadly as she had long violent coughing spells multiple times everyday. Her face looked like someone had been punching her around because of all the dark spots caused by her severe coughing. Through the years, I have tried her on various natural remedies. Nebulizing hydrogen peroxide made her actually feel worse and she couldn't even do the nasal bottle spray method like Bill Munroe demonstrated either, although she really tried. So it goes that I had come to the point where I had just decided that I was at a point where there was nothing else I could do...until very recently. I read where a lady said she did the dmso by nebulizing it and took msm orally. Well, I knew that Mom wasn't going to try nebulizing anything again, but what did we have to lose by trying the MSM?
Some have said that you should only take it as a powder. Well, my stubborn as a mule Mom would never drink it if it tasted bad (it does) so I found out that you can buy it in capsule form, so I did.
She's been taking just one of the 1000mg capsules two times a day for about three weeks now. We have been nothing but AMAZED! Within a few days her coughing was less severe and her breathing was better. The bruised-looking places on her face started fading. The color has been coming back to her face too!
I just want everyone to know that even if you can't take the powder form of MSM , do not assume that you will not get any benefit from it. I am also not saying that my Mom is cured, but I AM saying (and these are HER words actually! ) that she is doing 85% better than she was before! All because of 2000mg of MSM a day.
Oh. One more thing...they give MSM to racehorses. Horses get emphysema and we all know that horses do not smoke!
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[YEA] Hi, MSM powder has been shown to have a profound effect on Emphysema, Bronchitis, Asthma and other lung complaints. As MSM is sulfur based it is well absorbed by the body. In the case of Emphysema being a chronic condition it is advisable to take large doses to detox first. 6 teaspoons of powder to 3litres (5 pints) of water, drink it throughout the day. The effect should noticeable after 3 days. MSM is classified as a food not a drug so anything that the body does not use will be excreted. MSM must be taken with vitamin C, your body will tell you what level of VitC you need, like MSM it will excrete the excess. In Australia and New Zealand we buy MSM with VitC already added. I don't know about other countries. I have used this and nebulised with Baking Soda and Magnesium Chloride for COPD and the results have been unbelievable. From not being able to walk as far as the toilet I now walk everywhere. Good luck - Marlane Ellis
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Mom has started the cayenne and is trying Mullein Leaf tincture and Lobelia tincture with Hyssop tea bags since we could not find the seed pods. After she tries it awhile we will update with her results.
Hi thanks for your recipe for lung disorders just wanted to check some things, 6 seed pods that is the tops with all the pods and seeds from 6 different plants? Quite long about a foot long Also does it matter what time of the season you pick these? Can you pick them while they are still green and just stopped flowering?
Do you have to wait until they are all dried up on the plant?
Many thanks and God bless!!
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I read about mullein, hyssop, vinegar, and cayenne being used in copd treatments. Are there any specific instructions on how to adminster these herbs In treatment?
EC: There are more posts from Jack with more details, but here is Jack's original post.
?05/15/2006: Jack from Toledo, OH: "here's the formula i used for curing a bad case of emphysema for "willard booth" of marion ark 12 yrs ago. into a gallon pot, put the seed pods (tops) of 6 "great mullein" plant, bring to a boil, add 3 tbls of powered "lobelia", and also "hyssop" 1 oz of white apple cider vinegar, 2 tbls of powdered cayenne red pepper. keep boiling until about a pint of water has boiled off, (it will turn dark or reddish like coffee). let cool until you can strain (i used a nylon stocking). sweeten with sugar or honey to taste this will keep in frig for a week or more ( look up "great mullein" and you'll be surprised at what all it can do!). hyssop and lobelia are great expectorants!! i had willard take 3 pop bottle caps a day but you can take more it won' t hurt you, you can also use a heating pad on chest and do a number of "vigorous exhales" for about 15 minutes after taking .... good luck and god bless..."
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