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Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic Fibrosis


Cystic fibrosis is a generalized hereditary disorder of infants, children and young adults in which there is widespread dysfunction of the exocrine glands. It is characterized by signs of chronic pulmonary disease, pancreatic deficiency, abnormally high levels of electrolytes in the sweat and occasionally by biliary cirrhosis.


Cystic fibrosis is an inherited genetic defect.

Signs & Symptoms

Inability to move bowels
Foul-smelling stools
Failure to put on weight although there may be a large appetite
Shortness of breath

Nutritional Supplements

Structure & Function:
        Antioxidants &
        Essential Fatty Acids

General Supplements

Beta carotene*
Fish oils 6 - 8 g 6 - 8 g
EPO 2 - 3 g 2 - 3 g
Vitamin A2,500 - 7,500 IU 2,500 - 7,500 IU
Vitamin E 400 - 600 IU 400 - 600 IU
Pancreatin 5 NF (2-3/meal) 5 NF (2-3/meal)
Selenium 100 - 300 mcg 100 - 300 mcg
Zinc 10 - 30 mg 10 - 30 mg

* Please refer to the respective topic for specific nutrient amounts.

Note: All amounts are in addition to those supplements having a Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA). Due to individual needs, one must always be aware of a possible undetermined effect when taking nutritional supplements. If any disturbances from the use of a particular supplement should occur, stop its use immediately and seek the care of a qualified health care professional.

Dietary Considerations

Respiratory problems are common in individuals with Cystic Fibrosis because thicker mucus secretions predispose them to infections. Prophylactic antibiotics are often prescribed.

The pancreatic enzymes lipase and trypsin are absent from the small intestine due to nonproduction or to blockage of pancreatic ducts. Hence, there is a malabsorption of fats, fat-soluble vitamins and protein. A secondary lactase deficiency may exist, making the individual lactose intolerant. As much as 40-50% of the caloric intake may pass through the intestine unabsorbed.

Meals should not contain much fat, as fats are not readily absorbed. Fat-soluble vitamins should be orally supplemented. Essential fatty acids can still be obtained by ingestion of safflower oil or any other polyunsaturated oil (one milligram per kilogram of body weight per day).

Extra calories must be consumed to offset the caloric wastage which occurs through the feces. 150 kilocalories per kilogram of weight should be consumed by children. Much protein is lost due to trypsin deficiency. Six to eight grams of protein per kilogram of weight should be consumed by children to minimize body wastage and to supply the immune response.

Salt should be added to the diet to replace minerals lost through sweat.

Sugars should be used instead of complex carbohydrates, such as starch. Sugars are easier to digest and therefore readily available for energy.

Pancreatic enzymes can be ingested with meals to help fat and protein digestion.

Homeopathic Remedy

1. Baryta muriatica - 30X
2. Aceticum acidum - 15C

Treatment Schedule

Doses cited are to be administered on a 3X daily schedule, unless otherwise indicated. Dose usually continued for 2 weeks. Liquid preparations usually use 8-10 drops per dose. Solid preps are usually 3 pellets per dose. Children use 1/2 dose.


X = 1 to 10 dilution - weak (triturition)
C = 1 to 100 dilution - weak (potency)
M = 1 to 1 million dilution (very strong)
X or C underlined means it is most useful potency

Asterisk (*) = Primary remedy. Means most necessary remedy. There may be more than one remedy - if so, use all of them.


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Coulter, C.R., 1986. Portraits of Homeopathic Medicines.

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Shingale, J.N., 1992. Bedside Prescriber.

Smith, Trevor, 1989. Homeopathic Medicine.

Ullman, Dana, 1991. The One Minute (or so) Healer.

Herbal Approaches


Milk thistle
Pleurisy root

Note: The misdirected use of an herb can produce severely adverse effects, especially in combination with prescription drugs. This Herbal information is for educational purposes and is not intended as a replacement for medical advice.


A Ginger compress may provide some relief.

Milk thistle extract (1 capsule t.i.d.) enhances biliary function, promotes protein synthesis and is also an antioxidant.

Pleurisy root is noted as an expectorant.

Aromatherapy - Essential Oils

Basil Essence.

Related Health Conditions




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