Several herbs and supplements have been used for centuries to alleviate symptoms similar to COPD, including the aromatic culinary herb, thyme (Thymus vulgaris), and ivy (Hedera helix). Other herbs used in Traditional Chinese Medicine include ginseng (Panax ginseng), curcumin (Curcuma longa), and red sage (Salvia miltiorrhiza). The supplement melatonin may also provide relief.
Thyme (Thymus Vulgaris)
This time-honored culinary and medicinal herb prized for its aromatic oils has a generous source of antioxidant compounds. A German studyTrusted Source found that the unique mixture of essential oils in thyme improves the clearance of mucus from the airways in animals. It may also help airways relax, improving airflow into the lungs. Whether this translates to real relief from the inflammation and airway constriction of COPD remains less clear.
English Ivy (Hedera Helix)
This herbal remedy may offer relief from airway restriction and impaired lung function associated with COPD. While promising, rigorous research on its effects on COPD is lacking. Ivy can cause skin irritation in some people and ivy extract is not recommended for people with an allergy to the plant.