More than 11 million people suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and possibly millions more have not been diagnosed. COPD symptoms include, among others, chronic cough, chest discomfort, and shortness of breath. Tasks that are very simple for some, such as walking up stairs, are strenuous activities for sufferers of COPD. This disease can be managed with medications, lifestyle changes, oxygen and other therapies. Despite these treatments, most COPD patients are not satisfied with their quality of life and are seeking alternative therapies.
Stem cell therapy for COPD is aimed at providing patient’s with optimal health. With this type of therapy, stem cells are extracted from the patient and returned intravenously. The facility leading in stem cell therapy for lung disease is The Lung Institute with locations in five states. Seeking to do more than just relieve symptoms, the Lung Institute seeks to target the progression of the disease with a minimally invasive procedure.
According to the Lung Institute’s website, after a patient’s stem cells are returned through the blood stream they promote healing in the lungs. Instead of being spread throughout the body, stem cells are trapped in what is called a pulmonary trap. Thanks to the healing that takes place with this stem cell therapy many patients are reporting and increased quality of life and a lessened dependence on other therapies. Patients are seeing results within three months. Thanks to the research of the Lung Institute, many others in the medical community are also studying stem cell therapy as treatment for COPD. Although it is not a cure, stem cell therapy provides patients with COPD hope for a better future.