Scleroderma

Natural Home Remedies For Scleroderma

Among the biggest segment of diseases that are growing in the developed world, is the increase of autoimmune diseases.  These conditions are where for whatever reason, the immune system gets confused and starts attacking its own body.  There are several different autoimmune diseases that we are fairly well familiar with, such as lupus, multiple sclerosis, HIV, and several others.  Scleroderma is an autoimmune disease of connective tissue, especially that in the skin.  The disease results in a hardening of the skin caused by an overproduction of collagen, leading to stiff and painful fingers, or even tissue death due to a lack of blood flow caused by constricting of the blood vessels that bring much needed oxygen to the fingers.  Scleroderma can be a debilitating disease due to the pain and difficulty with daily tasks.

 

What Are The Other Symptoms Of Scleroderma?

  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Depression (Not caused by the disease, but often resulting from)
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Tightness of the jaw
  • Tightening of the facial skin, especially the cheeks and lips
  • Recession of the gums
  • Loss of menstrual cycle

 

Natural Remedies For Scleroderma

  • Vitamin D deficiency is highly correlated with those who are suffering with scleroderma.  Taking more doesn’t seem to reverse the condition, however a higher amount appears to be needed by those with scleroderma, and as vitamin D is a vital nutrient for regulating the immune system it is important to make sure you are getting enough be it from the sun or from dietary sources.
  • Applying vitamin E gel topically has been found in studies to reduce healing time and reduce pain with finger ulcers caused by scleroderma
  • As with any autoimmune disease, it is important to fight inflammation, which when sustained at a high level, causes the over-activation of the immune system and a worsening of symptoms and or progression of the disease. Minimizing animal products such as meat and dairy, as well as refined sugar of any kind, and grains is a big step.  Increasing vegetable consumption, especially of the leafy green variety is equally important.  Some food items are highly anti-inflammatory, such as curcumin, which is derived from turmeric (the spice responsible for the smell and taste of curry).  Green tea and ginger are also highly anti-inflammatory.  Search our site for many other anti-inflammatory options.
  • Long chain essential fatty acids have been found to be helpful with scleroderma.  For this purpose, Norwegian fish oils with 0 mercury are ideal.
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