How is emphysema treated in alternative medicine?

Coenzyme Q10

In one of the few studies to examine coenzyme Q10’s effects on pulmonary function, researchers found that eight weeks of coenzyme Q10 supplementation had some benefit for chronic lung disease patients.

Overall, however, there’s a lack of evidence to support the use of coenzyme Q10 supplements among people with emphysema.


In an animal study published in 2009, curcumin (an anti-inflammatory compound available in the curry spice turmeric) was found to attenuate the development of emphysema. However, there’s no evidence that curcumin can halt the progression of emphysema in humans.

If you’re considering the use of any type of alternative medicine in treatment of emphysema, make sure to consult your physician about the possible risk and benefits.