Bronchiectasis is defined as a condition chracterized by the damage of the localized, irreversible dilation of part of the bronchial tree and the walls of the large airways of the lung as a result of the destruction of the lung muscles and elastic tissues. Bronchiectasis can be present alone, but in most cases, it is a disease coexisted with patient of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
G.3. In traditional Chinese medicine perspective
Traditional Chinese medicine diagnosis, according to the study of the general law of typing of bronchiectasis according to syndrome differentiation in 563 patients with bronchiectasis, suggested that accumulation of phlegm-heat in the lungs (45.65%), liver fire attacking the lungs (24.51%), asthenia of pulmonosplenic qi (22.38%), asthenia of both qi and yin (7.46%) were the main types(56).
1. Zhi Kuo Fang
In the study to explore the effects of Zhikuofang, a TCM prescription, and Ofloxacin on the inflammation and cytostatics of the airway model of bronchiectasis, showed that Zhikuofang is better than Ofloxacin in following aspects: lowering the density of inflammation cells in blood, decreasing the volume of tracheal secretion and inhibiting the cytostatics (IL-8 and TNF-alpha) of the trachea tissue, but Ofloxacin is more effective in diminishing the amount of bacteria in trachea flushing liquor. There was no marked difference between them in their histopathy effects on the trachea(57).
2. Heat Hua Tan Zhi Ke method
In the study of about 20 cases of Chinese medicine treatment of bronchiectasis, posted in Research paper centre, of a total of 40 bronchiectasis patients were randomly divided into two groups, 20 patients in each treatment group orally self Bronchiectasis square and subtraction with the disease control group were treated with western medicine, and 15 days for a course of treatment, two courses after the assessment of treatment outcome results of the treatment group was 76.7%, with a total effective rate of 96.7%, the control group was 60%, the total effective rate was 86.7%, the two groups significant efficiency and total efficiency comparison, the differences were statistically significant ( P <0.01)(58).
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