Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the umbrella term for chronic inflammatory lung diseases characterized by obstructed airflow. The two most common COPD-related conditions are emphysema and chronic bronchitis. There is currently no cure for COPD, and patients may experience debilitating symptoms such as severe shortness of breath and fatigue. Frequent coughing and phlegm re also common characteristics of COPD.
There are many potential treatment options for COPD, including oral steroids, inhalers, and ventilation therapy. For some, these treatments may at times present unfavorable side effects. For instance, long-term use of steroids can lead to an increased risk of infection, diabetes, and osteoporosis. Moreover, they fail to address the root cause of the condition: inflammation of the airways. The use of ventilators or total lung transplants could also be explored to benefit patients, but these treatments may be rare or extremely costly. Research has been looking into how stem cell therapy may be considered for those seeking an alternative option.
Stem Cell Therapy for COPD
Studies have indicated stem cells’ ability to repair damaged lung tissue in people with COPD. These powerful cells act as the body’s natural healing mechanisms and have natural anti-inflammatory properties. In a study conducted by the Lung Institute, the majority of patients (82%) who have received stem cell therapy witnessed noticeable improvements. For instance, patients were better able to walk and experienced improved lung capacity.
Stem cell therapy is not a cure-all for conditions like chronic bronchitis or emphysema. Yet, it does appear to show some value as an option with fewer risks and side effects than other options. For patients seeking a different course of treatment outside traditional means in 2020 and beyond, stem cell therapy is certainly worth exploring along with some life-style health tips that may help improve day to day symptoms.
This post was written by Becky Palmer, a medical professional at Stemedix Inc. At Stemedix we provide access to Regenerative Medicine. Regenerative medicine has the natural potential to help improve symptoms sometimes lost from the progression of many conditions. Click here to learn more.