3 min read • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a chronic progressive lung disease characterized by shortness of breath, chronic cough and sometimes increased sputum production. The main causes of COPD are smoking cigarettes and exposure to secondhand smoke. According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, about 16 million people in the United States have COPD. There is no cure for COPD, but there are treatments that can help ease symptoms and improve quality of life. In this article, we will discuss some non-pharmacological options for managing COPD.