Your lungs are important organs that bring fresh oxygen into your bloodstream and eliminate carbon dioxide -- a waste product that is harmful to your body's tissues, states the American Lung Association. There are numerous substances that may enter your lungs and cause breathing problems and other symptoms. Certain dietary supplements may encourage the removal of your lung debris. Before using dietary supplements for this health purpose, however, always consult your doctor about the risks and benefits of this natural treatment method.
Lung disease, states that National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, is one of the leading causes of death in the United States, accounting for about one in every seven deaths. Lung disease is the No. 1 cause of death in infants below the age of 1 year. Examples of common lung diseases include asthma, chronic bronchitis, emphysema and pneumonia. Other possible lung diseases include lung cancer, tuberculosis and pulmonary fibrosis. Smoking is one of the most common causes of lung diseases.
There are many appropriate supplements that help cleanse your lungs of debris. Dietary supplements that possess expectorant action -- the ability to stimulate vigorous coughing and expulsion of lung debris -- are particularly effective for this health purpose, states naturopathic physician Sharol Tilgner, author of "Herbal Medicine From the Heart of the Earth." Examples of appropriate dietary supplements include wild indigo, poplar buds, gumweed, elecampane, yerba santa and ipecac.
A Useful Supplement
Elecampane may be a useful supplement in cleansing your lungs. Elecampane, notes expert herbalist Ed Smith, author of "Therapeutic Herb Manual," is a stimulating and cleansing tonic to your mucous membranes, including your respiratory system mucous membranes. Smith adds that elecampane is a powerful antiseptic expectorant that has historically been used in treating bronchial and lung irritation associated with a teasing cough and significant discharge. This supplement may also be used in treating pneumonia and tuberculosis.
Before using dietary supplements to help cleanse your lungs of debris, review all possible treatment options with your primary care provider. Your family physician can instruct you on the proper use of dietary supplements and other agents that help you expel problematic substances from your lungs. Not all supplements may be appropriate for you and your condition. Always be judicious in your use of these powerful natural substances.
- American Lung Association: Lung Health Guide
- National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences: Lung Diseases
- "Herbal Medicine From the Heart of the Earth"; Sharol Tilgner, N.D.; 1999
- "Therapeutic Herb Manual"; Ed Smith; 2007