Yoga and other mind-body exercises, acupuncture, music therapy, and vitamin D supplementation may help you manage symptoms or improve quality of life with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Complementary therapies won’t cure COPD. However, using certain complementary therapies alongside conventional treatments may help reduce shortness of breath, improve exercise capacity, or provide other physical or mental health benefits with COPD.

Talk with your doctor before trying a new complementary therapy to learn about the potential benefits and risks. They can help you learn how to safely add a complementary therapy to your treatment plan.