Efficacy of TCM therapy of tonifying lung–kidney's Qi-defici
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a special form of spontaneous, chronic, progressive interstitial fibrotic pneumonia of unknown cause, and treatments for IPF have shown a poor prognosis. This study reports a new treatment, traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) therapy, for tonifying Qi-deficiency of lung–kidney in a 64-year-old patient with IPF.

A 64-year-old man, who complained of cough and asthma, was diagnosed as IPF with mild impairment in lung function by thoracic high-resolution computed tomography and pulmonary function test. He received an 18-month N-acetylcysteine monotherapy but had no improvement in lung function. IPF with mild impairment in lung function was diagnosed.

The Chinese herbal medicine composition was decocted in 300 ml water for oral administration with 150 ml decoction twice daily in June 2017. The pulmonary function test showed that diffusing capacity for carbon monoxide had increased to 81% of predicted back to normal after 2-month TCM monotherapy. And diffusing capacity for carbon monoxide had increased to 89% of predicted, and forced expiratory volume in 1 s/forced vital capacity ratio increased to 92% at 14-month follow-up. No adverse events occurred during the 14 months of therapy and observation.

Source: Medicine: May 2019 - Volume 98 - Issue 18 - p e15140

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