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874521 tn?1424120397

NATURAL HELP FOR COPD

I have a question that needs a quick answer and I rely on information I can get from all your knowledge rather than my small town supplier(Canada)
I have COPD...it has been managed, however I now have a respiratory flu going on..with lots of chest congestion, the last 5 days I have been extremely short of breath. I nearly went to the ER at one point a few days ago..however I'm doing something I know full well I shouldn't be!!
My grandson is here visiting and he is on(occasionally)...a VENTOLIN inhaler...I think this has saved my life.
I cannot get into see a doctor until Jan 13th!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ARE there any SUGGESTIONS on what naturally I could be using?
something that is easily accessible remember I do live in a small city in Canada and cannot get ahold of everything I see mentioned expect thru and online order. I need something NOW. thx
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Avatar universal
To shorten the duration of the flu you can try olive leaf and elderberry, two anti-viral herbs.  They should be available in any health food store and even in many drug stores.  For the congestion, anything we recommend might work and might not; that's how medicine of any kind works.  Planetary Formulas makes a good formula based on the herb mullein that helps with congestion.  Bromelain, vitamin C and quercitin combinations act as anti-histamines to decrease inflammation.  Freeze dried nettles and scutelaria, or Chinese skullcap, are also good anti-histamines.  Ephedra based compounds used to work great, but they're hard to find or completely unavailable now because of the stupidity of the FDA and idiot American teenagers who were using them to make meth.  I don't know if you can find any, but you might find ma huang as a single herb, also called ephedra; it is a mild upper but ephedra-based bronchodilaters were the best and this herb contains small amounts of ephedra that are unlikely to harm anyone.  But you'll need a really good health food store to find it.  There are also homepathic remedies, which also might be available in a drug store, for sinus and chest congestion.  A good tea is Gypsy Cold Care by Traditional Medicinals.  Other clearing herbs are wild cherry bark, slippery elm, coltsfoot, and many others, but again, you'll probably need a health food store to find them.  As for OTC medication, I wouldn't know, as I don't use it for that purpose.  
874521 tn?1424120397
hi...got this msg after I had made my trip uptown(first one in a week!!)
I visited our health food store and asked him what was the best of anything he had for severe chest congestion........and he recommended the following.
fenugreek seed tea..by 'celebration herbals NY'...I seep it for 12 min than drink 3 cups a day.
every heard of it?
well I'm on my second cup and last for tonight, will let you know if it works at all.
Avatar universal
Fenugreek is used for clearing, but formulas work better than single herbs.  On the other hand, any hot tea will help, even the old standby honey and lemon tea, which is just fresh lemon and a teaspoon of honey in a cup of hot water, basically.  Helps bring up what's in your chest.  Hope the fenugreek works for you.
874521 tn?1424120397
well you know I did sleep better..didn't cough all night and my chest is less heavy this a.m., so it appears to have done something!..I will keep using for a few more days....I could probably have saved the money and maybe just bought honey???....
enjoy the forum and look forward to getting alot more enlightened as time goes..thx
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