Table of Contents
ISRN Pulmonology
Volume 2011 (2011), Article ID 676038, 4 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.5402/2011/676038
Case Report

Improved Pulmonary Inflammation and Fibrosis Progression after Influenza A (H1N1) Infection by Chinese Herbal Medicine: A Case Report

1Department of Radiology, Cheng Hsin General Hospital, Taipei 112, Taiwan
2Department of Anesthesiology, Taichung Hospital, Taichung 404, Taiwan
3Department of Pediatric, Changhua Christian Hospital, Changhua 500, Taiwan
4Institute of Traditional Medicine, National Yang-Ming University, Taipei 112, Taiwan
5Branch of Linsen and Chinese Medicine, Taipei City Hospital, Taipei 112, Taiwan

Received 18 February 2011; Accepted 30 March 2011

Academic Editor: M. Tatar

Copyright © 2011 Yao-Zhang Huang et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Influenza A (H1N1) virus was the most common cause of human influenza (flu) in 2009. We report a patient infected with influenza A virus who showed improvement in his pulmonary inflammation and fibrosis progression after switching to Chinese herbal medicine (CHM) therapy. Although antiviral drug and corticosteroids were administered, some disturbing respiratory illness and immune imbalance attributed to corticosteroids taken prompted him to seek for CHM therapy. After CHM treatment for three months, significant recovery in chest radiograph was noted, and the result of subsequent pulmonary function test showed improvement.