Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is typically treated using medications and supplemental oxygen. In fact, many COPD patients carry inhalers or oxygen with them almost all the time. However, some patients have begun to look for natural treatments to supplement those prescribed by their doctor, and an option that’s gaining in popularity with COPD patients is red sage.

What Is Red Sage?

Many herbs are staples of traditional Chinese medicine. In fact, ginseng is a Chinese medicinal herb that has become commonly used in this country. On the other hand, red sage is an herb that has been relatively unknown in Western medicine until recently.
Also known as salvia miltiorrhiza or danshen, red sage has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries. This plant is native to China and Japan, and it’s different from the sage in your spice cupboard in chemical composition and color. Recently, an article reported that medical studies are showing that red sage has several benefits for COPD patients.

Red Sage Contains an Important Anti-Inflammatory Compound

Inflammation is one of the most problematic symptoms for COPD patients. In fact, it can cause issues like shortness of breath. Antioxidants are natural substances that can help reduce inflammation, and red sage contains a high amount of an antioxidant called tanshinone II.
This antioxidant is beneficial for COPD patients because it helps regulate the response of a type of white blood cells known as neutrophils. These are the most numerous type of white blood cells in the body, and they’re designed to fight infection and increase the disease-fighting capability of other cells.
However, research suggests that neutrophils may also increase inflammation in patients with chronic diseases, but the tanshinone II compound in red sage helps prevent neutrophils from making inflammation worse. This potential ability to decrease inflammation triggers is the biggest reason COPD patients might consider using a red sage supplement, but it’s a good idea to consult your doctor before you begin using it.

Lung Health Institute Can Help You Find Natural COPD Treatment Options

At Lung Health Institute, our health care team knows natural treatments are a great way to supplement doctor-prescribed COPD treatments. We offer 2 natural treatments that can benefit patients with COPD and other chronic lung diseases.
We offer a natural procedure called cellular therapy. When patients receive cellular therapy, a small sample of the patient’s own blood is taken, and platelets, growth factors, proteins and other helpful cells are separated from the blood sample and concentrated. These concentrated cells are then returned into the bloodstream. This may promote the repair of damaged tissue and reduce inflammation, allowing patients to Breathe Easier™ and improve their quality of life.
Another natural treatment option Lung Health Institute offers is our 3 Anti-Inflammatory Initiative plans. These plans contain lifestyle tips for areas like lung-healthy eating, exercising and supplements, and using the information in our plans is intended to have several benefits for COPD patients. The plans are designed to boost the immune system naturally. They’re also intended to help train the body to use fats as fuel to fight inflammation.
Take the next step to find relief. Contact one of our patient coordinators today for more information or to schedule a free consultation.