Pulmonary fibrosis is an interstitial lung disease of the lower respiratory tract involving damage to the alveoli (air sacs) of the lungs, leading to reduced transfer of oxygen into the bloodstream. Earth Clinic readers have tried various natural remedies for PF, such as hydrogen peroxide inhalation.
Laser Therapy has also been brought up by one of our contributors as a promising therapy as you will read below.
What Is Pulmonary Fibrosis?
A number of habits, respiratory toxins, and health issues can cause scarring of your lung tissue, which is the principle symptom of pulmonary fibrosis.
Lung function is impaired when fibrous tissue builds up in the lungs, reducing the organ’s flexibility and its ability to transport oxygen into the bloodstream.
At other times this fibrosis of the lungs (fiber build-up) is of unknown cause and therefore termed idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.
In either case, the prospect for repair of the lungs is not good. However, you can take a number of steps to otherwise increase your lung health, improve respiratory health, and restore some of the energy you have probably lost to reduced lung function.
A pulmonary fibrosis diagnosis likely comes after you have experienced symptoms including shortness of breath, weight loss, exhaustion, and possibly sore muscles. If not addressed in time, a lung transplant may become a necessary option. Your doctor will start with standard lung function tests but will have to progress at least to chest imaging and perhaps to a lung biopsy for conclusive diagnosis of pulmonary fibrosis.
Natural Remedies for Pulmonary Fibrosis
Hydrogen Peroxide Inhalation is a popular home remedy for lung diseases of various kinds and our readers report their findings on it for PF below.
Even more popular is a combination of remedies from the famous contributor, Ted from Bangkok, who proposed a slate of herbal remedies and complementary medicine therapies to improve lung function and perhaps reduce scar tissue on the lungs.
Continue reading to learn which natural therapies worked on PF and let us know what you think!