Herbs used in the management of chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases include ginseng, Salvia miltiorrhiza, Thymus vulgaris, ivy and curcumin. These herbs contain pharmacologically active chemicals that alleviate COPD symptoms, says Healthline.
In the management of COPD, the herbs may be taken as a combined formulation to help in the treatment of the disease and alleviation of symptoms. Thymus vulgaris contains essential aromatic oils that are believed to have a role in the clearance of the airway and reduction of mucus secretion that exacerbates the respiratory condition, according to Healthline. These herbs work by preventing airway obstruction, thus improving lung functioning and air circulation.