The Wu Da Liao Fa and the Treatment of Cystic Fibrosis
By James Middleton
Practitioner, Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine Australia
South Melbourne Traditional Chinese Medical Centre.
Mr P.G. 27 years of age, when health allows is a professional chartered accountant, first consultation arranged 27/1/98
Cystic Fibrosis diagnosed shortly after birth. At fourteen years of age diagnosed with diabetes –(Xiao Tiao) and Asthma. Periodically since that time Bronchiectasis, Pneumonia several times, Deep vein Thrombosis, Bowel obstruction. He has required hospitalisation two to four times a year for as long as he can remember.
Medication; Ventolin, Atrovent, Hypertonic Saline, Flixotide, Efexor, Digestive enzymes, Ciprofloxacin.
c. Zheng Hou - Clinical presentation
At this first consultation his complaint was chronic symptoms, a lot of green and yellow phlegm in the chest and a constant cough, feels tight and cold in the chest and is short of breath, bowels irregular fluctuating between one-week diarrhoea and one week constipation. Depression and is on prescribed anti depressants. He fears another attack of pneumonia. He expressed a fear for the future and that his prognosis was poor.
The pulse was generally wiry (Xian) and slippery (Hua). Proximal pulse on the right side Fei position was weak (Xu). The pulses of the left wrist were also deep (Chen)
The tongue demonstrates a normal shape, thin pale, pale on the heart and lung region, white coat and wet from the region of stomach and spleen all the way to the root. Blue veins show at the base underneath the tongue.
The eyes show blue sclera, sharp and fine red capillaries rise upward from the lower rim within the sclera and from the outside corners.
Sleep, difficult to fall asleep and difficult to rise in mornings.
Back, ache and pain lower back and lower abdomen upon exertion.
Upon examination of postural integrity it was noted that;
1. Pronounced lordosis of the spine.
2. Compression of Thoracic vertebrae T3 - T6.
3. Shoulders tilt forward with the right side further forward.
4. The Thoracic spine reveals a lateral curve to the right side, main curvature occurring between T3. – T.9. Lumbar spine compensates leaning to the left side, between L.2 – L.4.