12-01-2003, 01:24 AM
Has anyone tried alternative medicines or practices to help with controlling CF? For example yoga, acupuncture, special diets (eg: no dairy, no wheat) or anything else?I have had good results with yoga. My instructor is properly accredited and shows me great exercises to do at home to open up the chest cavity, stretching muscles to make more room for air, and revising my breathing techniques. It's really relaxing too, and we do the dog pose, shoulder and head stands that are great alternatives to the usual on-the-physio-table postural drainage routine. I have also tried acupuncture and felt sooooo good the next few days after - and that's being a total cynic and being talked into it by a mate. I coughed up heaps of phlegm, and I usually cough a maximum of five times a day, and my sinuses 'emptied' so all the pressure disappeared.Any other experiments and positive or negative results?<a target=new class=ftalternatingbarlinklarge href="mailto:[email protected]">CFsite replies</a><img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif" border="0">

12-01-2003, 02:28 AM
Hey I think thats an awsome idea. But can you explain what acupuntchur is and what its for? thanx

12-01-2003, 03:01 PM
Hi, I have a 3 yr old daughter and I did try reflexology on her once. The massotherapist showed me how to do it, but I stopped for a while and now I can't remember how to do it. I did notice a difference though, and would like to try it again. It would be easier as an adult because it is easier to find a massotherapist to do it. Most won't do it on kids in my area-Canada.AM

12-01-2003, 03:08 PM
I do yoga and use aromatherapy. I've always wanted to try acupuncture! I'm thinking of doing it as a christmas present for myself. I also eat organic foods whenever possible. ... acupuncture is an ancient form of medicine from China. Thin needles are inserted at specific pressure points on the body to alieviate what ever is going on. t's not like a shot. It has been well documented and studied and works for a WIDE range of ailments. When my mom attended dental school, she saw many people undergo oral surgery w/o anestesia but w/ acupuncture. Debbie22 yr old w/ cf in CO.

12-01-2003, 03:10 PM
ps. I also get frequent massages. Those sure help with the soreness.Debbie

12-01-2003, 10:46 PM
Debbie - Can you tell me which essentail oils you use for aromatherapy? I often use eucalyptus oil on my pillow at night or a couple of drops in a bowl of hot water to clear sinuses. I guess you get eucalptus oil over there. The euc. species of trees are native to Australia.I hadn't really thought of doing it to help my cf. I know a few people who do it just for relaxation. And yes organic food is so much better. My boyfriend was horrified the other day when the potatoes he planted six months ago didn't produce offspring because they'd been sprayed with sprout inhibitor. And when I took him to an organic farm I had to explain that the cucumbers and apples didn't look as shiny because they weren't coated in wax! So sad what gets done to our food.I've heard that reiki works really well - the less invasive form of acupuncture.Thanks for your replies

12-01-2003, 10:53 PM
Sorry - hadn't logged in. The last message is mine. thanks again for replies

12-02-2003, 05:43 PM
CindoI use eucalyptus alot. I also use lavender. One of my favorite things to do is mix a few drops of lavender and rosemary in a few tablespoons of honey and mix it into my bath water. Rosemary is good for circulation and lavender can be used w/ just about anything. I also dissolve about a cup of epsom salt and soak to relieve joint pain. Try mixing lavender, tea tree, eucalyptus in your hot water bowl and inhale for sinus and chest discomfort. Also, use eucalyptus in an oil lamp or burner. It is a very good disinfectant and helps eliminate air born bacteria while making the room smell nice. It's also good to put in a bath if you have a fever. To anyone else who reads this DON"T INGEST eucalyptus or put it directly on your face. Debbie