Glutathione reduces oxidative stress, decreases inflammation, and modulates T cell responses in lungs. Hence it is an excellent natural substance for treating conditions of lung inflammation, pneumonia, emphysema, cystic fibrosis, etc. and it can also work well with asthma.
I used it myself following a bout of severe pneumonia, where it hurt to take a deep breath or inflate my left lung fully. I felt a marked difference after the first session, but after a while, it wore off. However, as the treatments continued, the expansion in my lungs remained for longer and longer periods. You will also get the overall boost to your immune system by inhaling it through your lungs as well.
Recently, I had a bout of the flu and having had pneumonia, I didn’t want to take any chances. So I went to my naturopath for intravenous vitamin C, B complex and magensium, along with 20 minutes of inhaled glutathione. My cough was gone the next day.
Please take the time to read through the many comments posted below as we have nurses and others who know WAY more about this than me, contributing their valuable information.
Here are some good articles giving some solid scientific research behind this effective natural therapy:
Inhaled glutathione decreases PGE2 and increases lymphocytes
Effect of Inhaled Buffered Reduced Glutathione on the Clinical Status of Patients With Cystic Fibrosis
The Treatment of Pulmonary Diseases and Respiratory-Related Conditions With Inhaled (Nebulized or Aerosolized) Glutathione
You can see lots more articles by entering this search term into Google: inhaled glutathione for lung inflammation
Hydrogen Peroxide & Colloidal Silver for Lung Infection
Another therapy that may be worth a try is to put hydrogen peroxide into your vaporizer at night. This is a very easy, inexpensive therapy. I also used intravenous hydrogen peroxide to clear up my pneumonia – but intravenous treatments are expensive and take about 2 hours to administer. So this is a home remedy you can try and see if it improves your situation:
General guidelines are to use 15 ounces of 3 – 3.5% hydrogen peroxide (MUST be food grade hydrogen peroxide) to every one gallon of water in a vaporizer and just let it run all night. You can also turbo-charge this remedy by adding 1-2 tsp of colloidal silver to the gallon of water.
However, there are some risk factors to using colloidal silver for lung infections, so read this detailed article on using colloidal silver in a nebulizer first.
*A 3.5% solution of hydrogen peroxide can be made quite easily by first pouring 1 ounce of food-grade 35% hydrogen peroxide into a pint jar. To this add 11 ounces of distilled water (NO tap water!). This will make 12 ounces of 3.5% hydrogen peroxide. Be VERY careful when handling 35% hydrogen peroxide as it will burn your skin instantly on contact. If it’s in a plastic bottle, then direct the opening away from you when you open it, in case it spits some out from the pressure build-up.
You can also use hydrogen peroxide and colloidal silver in a nebulizer 1 – 3 times per day (takes about 10 minutes with a good quality nebulizer). But again, read this article about the potential risks first.
A friend of mine used a combination of food grade hydrogen peroxide and colloidal silver in a nebulizer for her nine year old son – who has suffered respiratory issues since he contracted RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus) as an infant, and it worked so well he would ask for it every night before bed, for about 3 weeks. It dramatically improved the quality of his sleep and he was able to sleep through the night (without waking due to coughing or lack of oxygen).
I have used colloidal silver and food grade hydrogen peroxide – on myself and my kids when needed. I suspect this formula actually works as well (and possibly better) than inhaled glutathione – but I would have to get pneumonia again to test it and be sure! However, these products are much cheaper than the glutathione, so definitely worth a try. Post below and let me know your results.
And again, if your gut is not saying “Yes!” about inhaling silver and hydrogen peroxide through a nebulizer, then perhaps using them in a vaporizer would be better for you (less direct and intense).
You can also put baking soda (change pH and many bacteria die), magnesium (relax tissues/muscles), or nascent iodine (NOT potassium iodine as this could kill you!) into your nebulizer or vaporizer and this article has good instructions for using baking soda, magnesium, or nascent iodine for respiratory issues.
If you suffer mostly from asthma and bronchial spasm, then you definitely should add an EASILY ABSORBED form of magnesium to your daily regimen. There are two really effective forms of magnesium that do not affect the bowels – so if you’ve avoided magnesium due to it’s laxative effect, you no longer have to! My friend, Dr. Carolyn Dean MD, ND wrote in her book The Magnesium Miracle, the following six reasons why magnesium is important in the treatment of asthma:
1. Research shows that many patients with asthma and other bronchial diseases have low magnesium.
2. Both histamine production and bronchial spasms increase with magnesium deficiency.
3. Many drugs used in the treatment of asthma cause a loss of magnesium, only making symptoms worse.
4. Magnesium is an environmental detoxifier reducing the triggers for asthma.
5. Magnesium relieves stress to alleviate the emotional triggers for asthma.
6. Patients treated with simple magnesium supplementation report marked improvement in their symptoms.
If you tend towards constipation and would like a little help with your bowel movements, you can take magnesium citrate, 300 mg per day. But if you want to bypass the digestive system (or take a larger dose), then take your magnesium in nanoparticle (angstrom-sized) form, or topically as transdermal magnesium oil – this oil can either be applied directly to your skin, or added to your bath or footbath. For complete details and instructions, see my blog post all about easily absorbed forms of magnesium.
Since our soils have become depleted of minerals, it is estimated that up to 60% of the population is deficient in magnesium, so likely ALL people would benefit from adding this essential mineral to their daily intake. I even give magnesium daily to my kids and it prevents them from getting cramps or ‘growing pains’ as they’re both competitive athletes (aged 9 and 11).
Here’s a story from one of Dr. Dean’s clients who even used magnesium to cure her dog’s asthma!
“The dog owner said that she’d read that asthma is caused by a magnesium deficiency. Since her dog has asthma attacks she decided to start spraying magnesium oil on the dog’s belly and it worked. It prevented attacks and it also stopped an attack if she applied it as soon as one occurred. She said the best way to apply the magnesium is to spray it on your hand or a cotton ball and rub it on the dog’s skin keeping it from running into the private parts. The magnesium is salty and oily so it can be irritating and if that’s the case, it would need to be diluted with water.”
So personally, I would use both a substance (like glutathione, or hydrogen peroxide/colloidal silver) in my nebulizer AND supplement aggressively with magnesium.
Here’s the nebulizer I use. And for a killer cough one winter, I used food grade hydrogen peroxide and colloidal silver (as instructed above) three times per day and within 2 days was no longer coughing at night (I had been able to lie down to sleep for 2 weeks!). I started with nebulizing the silver/hydrogen peroxide once per day, but that did not have much effect. As soon as I ramped up to 3x/day the effect was immediate.