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Alternative Treatments for Cystic Fibrosis

For those that prefer holistic or non-traditional disease management, there are some alternative treatment options for cystic fibrosis. Be sure to discuss these with your health care provider to determine a treatment balance that is right for you or your child.

Probiotics and Cystic Fibrosis
Probitotics are friendly bacteria that are taken for health benefits. Read about the potential benefits of one probiotic organism, LGG, to cystic fibrosis patients.

Herbal Supplements
Herbal supplements are becoming increasingly popular and readily available. Get the facts about herbal supplements to help you decide if they are right for you.

Boswellia is an herbal supplement that some people believe may be beneficial to people with cystic fibrosis.

Acupuncture For Chest Wall Pain
People with cystic fibrosis sometimes suffer from chest wall pain that is caused by the strain placed on muscles during coughing. Some studies have found acupuncture to be an effective, natural method of pain relief. Learn more about acupuncture from About.com Guide to Alternative Medicine Cathy Wong.

Lung Transplant
Sometimes, even with proper treatment, people with CF will experience lung failure. In these rare cases, lung transplant may be an option. Learn more about lung transplants from the A.D.A.M. Health Encyclopedia.

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