What is COPD?
According to Mayo Clinic, COPD is defined as a chronic inflammatory lung disease that causes obstructed airflow from the lungs. Symptoms can include breathing difficulty, cough, mucus (sputum) production, and wheezing. It is typically caused by long-term exposure to irritating gases or particulate matter, most often from cigarette smoke.
Emphysema and chronic bronchitis are the two most common conditions that contribute to COPD. These two conditions usually occur together and can vary in severity among individuals with COPD. Chronic bronchitis is inflammation of the lining of the bronchial tubes, which carry air to and from the air sacs (alveoli) of the lungs. It is characterized by daily cough and mucus (sputum) production. In comparison, Emphysema is a condition in which the alveoli at the end of the smallest air passages (bronchioles) of the lungs are destroyed as a result of damaging exposure to cigarette smoke and other irritating gases and particulate matter.
Although COPD is a progressive disease that gets worse over time, COPD is treatable. With proper management, most people with COPD can achieve good symptom control and quality of life, as well as reduced risk of other associated conditions.
How can Dry Salt Therapy help?
Salt naturally thins out mucus making it easier for the body to get rid of it. This also reduces the frequency of coughs. Furthermore, salt also has anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties, along with the ability to remove pathogens and reduce immune system oversensitivity. If you do suffer from COPD, talk to your doctor about the benefits of starting Dry Salt Therapy and visit us at The Salt Nest to start your sessions. Having as little as one session per week may start to show improvements in your breathing.