cystic fibrosis and Herbal Treatment
Cystic fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system.
A defective gene and its protein product cause the body to produce unusually thick, sticky mucus that:
– clogs the lungs and leads to life-threatening lung infections; and
– obstructs the pancreas and stops natural enzymes from helping the body break down and absorb food.
In the 1950s, few children with cystic fibrosis lived to attend elementary school. Today, advances in research and medical treatments have further enhanced and extended life for children and adults with CF. Many people with the disease can now expect to live into their 30s, 40s and beyond.
Symptoms of Cystic Fibrosis
People with CF can have a variety of symptoms, including:
very salty-tasting skin;
persistent coughing, at times with phlegm;
frequent lung infections;
wheezing or shortness of breath;
poor growth/weight gain in spite of a good appetite; and
frequent greasy, bulky stools or difficulty in bowel movements.
About 1,000 new cases of cystic fibrosis are diagnosed each year.
More than 70% of patients are diagnosed by age two.
More than 45% of the CF patient population is age 18 or older.
The predicted median age of survival for a person with CF is in the late 30s.
Herbal Medicine for Cystic Fibrosis
Herbal medicine can help to alleviate the symptoms of cystic fibrosis. Some symptoms are worse that others in different individuals. Herbal medicine will be prescribed and adjusted according to the needs of the individual, and of course their age.
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