Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a lethal genetic disorder affecting hundreds of thousands of kids and teenagers. It is also known as mucoviscidosis and typically affects the lungs and respiratory system, pancreas, liver and intestines. Children with CF do not record normal growth and often have learning disabilities. This is due to poor absorption of nutrients through the intestines. In this guide, we will study some dietary changes and essential oils for cystic fibrosis which help parents manage symptoms of CF in children. Adult CF patients can also use these remedies to slow down the worsening of lungs which is common in this condition.
Curcumin found in Turmeric is found to be helpful with Delta f508 mutation that is responsible for cystic fibrosis. Turmeric works by inhibiting calcium pump in the endoplasmic reticulum. This in turn impairs the mutated Delta F 508 protein from abnormal folding. Many animal studies on curcumin have also shown increased survival rates due to normalization of chloride transport in gut. You can give some turmeric to CF patient by mixing it with coconut oil or coconut or almond milk for enhanced absorption.
2. Himalayan Salt
Change the cooking salt to Himalayan salt is an effective immunococal and cystic fibrosis remedy which helps improve PFT or pulmonary function test results. Replace table salt with Himalayan salt as well and also place Himalayan salt lamps around the room. If possible, patients must visit salt caves every few weeks if possible. Drinking brine made from Himalayan salt and spring water can also clear breathing in cystic fibrosis patients. Drink this brine daily before breakfast on an empty stomach.
3. Peppermint Tea
Drink peppermint tea daily to improve respiratory function. According to data published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology, peppermint tea has anticongestive and antispasmodic properties. These relax the smooth muscles of the respiratory tract to help asthma, cystic fibrosis and other patients with respiratory problems.
4. Dietary changes
CF patients must avoid dairy, sugar and refined flour items. The right kind of food is the best therapy for cystic fibrosis. Always choose more alkaline instead of acidic foods. This means including foods like green leafy and tuber vegetables and staying away from fried, greasy foods. To get your daily intake of protein, choose whey colostrums, nuts, seeds, beans etc. Also choose good fats found in avocados, olive oil, sesame oil, nut butters etc. In general it is a good idea to limit mucus producing foods like peanuts, oranges, bananas. Foods like onion, garlic, celery and lemons reduce mucus.
5. Herbs for cystic fibrosis patients
The primary aim of cystic fibrosis home treatment is to thin down mucus. You can talk to a herbalist about taking following herbal tinctures apart from using turmeric or curcumin mentioned above:
- Burdock root-this balances oil and water ratio. It also improves digestion.
- Lobelia- This herb opens airways and helps patients to breathe easier.
- Skullcap- Reduces coughing.
- Comfrey- strengthens lung tissues and decreases mucus.
- Dandelion- Improves digestion. Dandelion flower tea can prevent gallstones.
- Herbs like slippery elm, psyllium, flaxseed, borage seed oil can prevent constipation.
- For balancing hormones in CF teenagers, take chaste berry, maca root and red clover.
- Herbs to boost immune system-Following herbs can boost immune system function –Astragalus, Echinacea, Garlic, Nettles and Goldenseal.
6. Essential oils for cystic fibrosis
Spray the room with eucalyptus oil and water infusion. Other top essential oils for cystic fibrosis are Basil, Citronella, Frankincense, Oregano, and Peppermint. Apply these diluted to the nostrils in case of nasal polyps that are common in CF patients. You can also breathe in their diffused mists. Birch and wintergreen essential oils can also be used for structural re-alignment on bridge of the nose. Inhaling vapors of Eucalyptus oil can help bring an expectorant action. Oil of Oregano is also a powerful healer so keep diffusing it in the patient’s room.
7. Hydrogen peroxide
Cystic fibrosis patients are known to benefit from a nasal spray made with 3.5% food grade hydrogen peroxide. Mix a tablespoon of 3.5% Food Grade Hydrogen peroxide with 8 ounce distilled water and use it as a saline spray at the first sign of congestion. Patients must also drink a glass of water mixed with 35% food grade hydrogen peroxide. Chug this drink all at once, do not refrigerate or keep in sunlight as it will lose its effectiveness. Use this remedy one hour before or three hours after meals. You might experience some side effects as headaches, etc which is an indication that the toxins are being thrown out.
8. Colloidal silver
A study has been documented on colloidal silver used for treating an 11 year old cystic fibrosis patient having severe episodic wheezing. Some patients have also used colloidal ionic silver orally and/or through a nebulizer with success. A lot more research is needed to see if this alternative remedy really works. Also, in some patients, this treatment led to skin discoloration. Dosage: Take 2 oz. Ionic silver 3 times a day or use 1 oz in nebulizer three times daily.
9. Nasal saline rinse
Invest in a neti pot and use it daily to rinse out sinuses with warm salty water. Rinse out both the nostrils while expelling out water from the throat.
10. Deep breathing exercises
This therapy expands the lungs and strengthens lung function. Do the deep breathing exercises given here for reducing mucus and keeping lungs clear. Jumping on trampoline or daily brisk walk of 15 minutes can help keep lungs clear as well.
- Vitamin C-1000 mg twice a day to prevent infections
- Vitamin E- 200 to 400 IU twice a day.
- Beta carotene- Take 25000 IU daily with food.
- Omega 3 essential fatty acids- 3 pills a day
- Selenium 200 mcg
- Zinc-10 mg twice a day.
- Acidophilus to improve immunity.
Cystic fibrosis cure has not yet been found but we hope these home remedies help prevent infections and improve patient’s quality of life.