Emphysema, Chronic Bronchitis, COPD
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a condition in which airflow in and out of the lungs is obstructed, which causes breathing difficulties. The cause of this obstruction in patients with COPD is chronic bronchitis or emphysema. Bronchitis is an inflammation of the bronchi, which are the airways that connect the windpipe (trachea) to the lungs. Chronic means it happens frequently, over a long period of time. Emphysema is an enlargement of the alveoli, the tiny air sacs in the lungs, and the rupture of the alveola walls, which narrows the airways.
Chronic bronchitis usually begins as a mild cough, sometimes called a smoker's cough. The cough may be deeper in the morning and cause the patient to bring up a yellowish mucus called phlegm or sputum. The patient may wheeze and feel short of breath. With time, the symptoms can become so severe that breathing becomes difficult and normal activities are restricted. Chronic bronchitis can lead to emphysema. The first symptom of emphysema is usually shortness of breath during exertion. There is little coughing and no sputum. As the disease progresses, and with age, the shortness of breath occurs more often, until it even occurs when the patient is at rest. A sputum-producing cough may occur at this point. The strain of breathing can also cause the heart to weaken. Leg swelling is an early sign of heart failure. COPD can lead to acute respiratory failure, usually when a respiratory illness such as a cold places too much of a strain on the lungs. Acute respiratory failure occurs when there are low levels of oxygen or high levels of carbon dioxide in the blood. The quality of life for a person with COPD becomes increasingly lower as the disease progresses.
WEI PATCH TREATMENT
Patients with mild COPD or chronic bronchitis under 40 years of age usually require a 3 day to 2 week treatment of Soup A and LC Balancer to eliminate their symptoms, including shortness of breath and a cough with phlegm.
Mild and Moderate Emphysema, Chronic Bronchitis and COPD
For patients with moderate COPD or chronic bronchitis - typically in their 50s - they usually require a 2 week to 1 month treatment of Soup A and LC Balancer to eliminate symptoms, including shortness of breath and a cough with phlegm.
Severe Emphysema, Chronic Bronchitis and COPD
Patients over 70 years of age may need up to 3 or 4 month treatment. They should start with one 2-week Soup A treatment.
We expect to attain less than 30% symptom elimination after the first 2-weeks of treatment for shortness of breath. Patients should continue with this treatment until symptom elimination reaches a plateau (usually at about 1 month). Then they should take Soup B in addition to Soup A and LC Balancer. After a 2-week treatment with Soup A, Soup B and LC Balancer, up to 60% elimination of symptoms may be achieved. Patients should continue their treatment until improvement has been stablized at the desired level, and then can go to dosage reduction. The entire treatment process may last from 3 to 4 months. Patients originally using an oxygen tank should show reduced dependency on oxygen tank.
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