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Can herbs or supplements cure COPD?

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No, herbs and supplements don't cure COPD and they're not medical treatments for it. But studies show some may offer relief. Talk to your doctor about which ones may help you and whether there are any risks.

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: "COPD."

Journal of Translational Internal Medicine: "Clinical significance of airway mucus hypersecretion in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease."

International Journal of COPD: "The role for N-acetylcysteine in the management of COPD," "Role of N-acetylcysteine in the management of COPD."

Monaldi Archives for Chest Disease: "Ginseng improves pulmonary functions and exercise capacity in patients with COPD."

European Respiratory Journal: "Herbal medicines for the treatment of COPD: a systematic review."

Chinese Medicine: "Panax ginseng therapy for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: a clinical trial protocol and pilot study."

The Lancet: "Vitamin D3 supplementation in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (ViDiCO): a multicentre, double-blind, randomised controlled trial."

Annals of Internal Medicine: "High Doses of Vitamin D to Reduce Exacerbations in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: A Randomized Trial."

Chinese Critical Care Medicine: "Effect of depsides salts from salvia miltiorrhiza on functions of platelet and vascular endothelial cell of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in acute exacerbation stage."

Current Pharmaceutical Design: "Salvia miltiorrhiza: A Potential Red Light to the Development of Cardiovascular Diseases."

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: "Echinacea."

Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics: "Echinacea purpurea along with zinc, selenium and vitamin C to alleviate exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: results from a randomized controlled trial."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Melatonin for sleep: Does it work?"

European Respiratory Journal: "Effect of melatonin on sleep quality of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients."

Journal of Pineal Research: "Melatonin reduces lung oxidative stress in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study."

Reviewed by Paul Boyce on July 29, 2019

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: "COPD."

Journal of Translational Internal Medicine: "Clinical significance of airway mucus hypersecretion in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease."

International Journal of COPD: "The role for N-acetylcysteine in the management of COPD," "Role of N-acetylcysteine in the management of COPD."

Monaldi Archives for Chest Disease: "Ginseng improves pulmonary functions and exercise capacity in patients with COPD."

European Respiratory Journal: "Herbal medicines for the treatment of COPD: a systematic review."

Chinese Medicine: "Panax ginseng therapy for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: a clinical trial protocol and pilot study."

The Lancet: "Vitamin D3 supplementation in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (ViDiCO): a multicentre, double-blind, randomised controlled trial."

Annals of Internal Medicine: "High Doses of Vitamin D to Reduce Exacerbations in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: A Randomized Trial."

Chinese Critical Care Medicine: "Effect of depsides salts from salvia miltiorrhiza on functions of platelet and vascular endothelial cell of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in acute exacerbation stage."

Current Pharmaceutical Design: "Salvia miltiorrhiza: A Potential Red Light to the Development of Cardiovascular Diseases."

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: "Echinacea."

Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics: "Echinacea purpurea along with zinc, selenium and vitamin C to alleviate exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: results from a randomized controlled trial."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Melatonin for sleep: Does it work?"

European Respiratory Journal: "Effect of melatonin on sleep quality of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients."

Journal of Pineal Research: "Melatonin reduces lung oxidative stress in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study."

Reviewed by Paul Boyce on July 29, 2019

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