Natural Therapies for Emphysema and COPD: Relief and Healing for Chronic Pulmonary Disorders

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By Robert J. Green

Publisher : Inner Traditions/Bear & Company

ABOUT Robert J. Green

Robert J. Green
Robert J. Green Jr., ND, is a naturopath who holds professional membership with the American Association of Drugless Practitioners (AADP) and the American Alternative Medical Association (AAMA). He has used nutritional and natural approaches to address emphysema and COPD since 1994. He liv More...



The first book to address emphysema and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) from a nutritional and alternative medicine approach

• Explains the benefits of detoxification, dietary changes, and food combining

• Details 45 suggested herbs and 26 nutritional supplements as well as information on how to stop smoking

Approximately 35 million people in the United States have been diagnosed with some form of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)--emphysema constituting 18 million of that group. Worldwide, as many as 293 million people suffer with these conditions. COPD is the fourth leading cause of death in America, claiming nearly 120,000 lives annually. Yet conventional approaches to treatment, with their regimens of drugs and unceasing physical therapy, provide neither cure nor significant relief.

In Natural Therapies for Emphysema and COPD, Robert Green shows that alternative holistic therapies ranging from herbs to homeopathy offer great promise in relieving COPD’s debilitating symptoms. Starting with the basics of the physiology of respiration, Green presents a comprehensive program that includes detoxification, dietary changes, nutritional supplements, and herbal medicine; breathing techniques and exercise options such as aerobics, yoga, qigong, and tai chi; and alternative therapies such as homeopathy, acupuncture, and massage--noting how and why each therapy works. He also details how to stop smoking, includes resources for alternative health practitioners, and provides sources for the alternative products recommended.
“An important addition to the growing body of literature on natural medicine, Natural Therapies for Emphysema and COPD provides a much needed and in-depth approach to natural therapies for chronic respiratory disorders. Highly recommended.”
James Strohecker, CEO of HealthWorld Online and executive editor of Alternative Medicine: The Definitive Guide

“Robert Green Jr.’s book on emphysema and COPD is a landmark work. I recommend it as a reference book for all COPD patients, families, professionals, and anyone else seeking self-care tools and other alternatives to complement conventional COPD treatment.”
Vijai Sharma, Ph.D., director of the Behavioral Medicine Center in Cleveland, Tennessee

“Written for physicians and their patients, the book describes therapeutic approaches including food and lifestyle choices, nutritional supplementation, herbal medicine, and alternative methods such as exercise and homeopathy. It offers physicians and their patients a place to start learning, and hopefully pursuing, alternative, nonconventional methods to deal with these diseases.”
Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine

“Presents a commonsense approach to managing this pervasive disease through the application of traditional therapies and conventional wisdom. Firmly based on scientific research and extensive clinical experience, this text is invaluable to practitioner and patient alike.”
Ken Koenig, D.C., former executive director of the National Board of Homeopathic Examiners and president of Wise Woman Herbals

“Well written with substantial and accurate scientific evidence. . . . There is a demand for such information by those suffering from COPD and their families. My hope is that medical caregivers become enlightened, as well, with this book.”
Robert F. Waters, Ph.D., professor of biochemistry and genetics at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine