June 9, 2008

Treatment for Reiter’s Syndrome – Herbal Remedies, Exercise & Diet

Posted in Category : Bone, Joint & Muscles Disorders

Reiter’s syndrome was first noticed by Hans Reiter, a physician in the German army in the World War I. He observed the presence of common manifestations like inflammation of the joints, urinary track and the eyes. A rheumatologist will generally manage the complete treatment of a patient, but a visit to other specialists like ophthalmologist, urologist, gynecologist etc will help in relieving pain affecting specific parts of the body.

Treatment for Reiter’s syndrome entails a regular exercise regimen to reduce inflammation as well as increase the mobility of the joints. However, exercise works in conjunction with medications. Of late, a lot of research has been expended in developing herbal medications to treat this disease. Reiter’s syndrome is often associated with discomfort to the eyes which can easily be minimized by using vitamin A as a supplement. Vitamin A also aids in tissue restoration and the strengthening of the immune system. Vitamin C works well in reducing the inflammation of the affected zones and helps in improving the flexibility of the affected tissues. Vitamin E aids Vitamin C in the regeneration and restoration of tissues that are affected by this disorder. Consumption of organic foods rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Vitamin E is recommended in order to help the body fight the disease.

Treatment of Reiter’s syndrome includes herbal remedies that play an important role in the process of detoxification. A tincture prepared out of the Siberian ginseng combined with astragalus herb can strengthen the adrenal glands thus improvising the glandular performance. A dose of 20 drops of the herbal tincture thrice a day during the period of treatment is beneficial. Perspiration is encouraged by the root of the devil’s claw, sassafras and the licorice herbs. These herbs act as cleansers and help in purifying blood. This is a tremendous boost to the detoxification process that occurs internally. A concoction of these herbs in boiling water is suggested during the treatment period. An imbalance in the levels of calcium and magnesium can also cause this syndrome. A tincture made from horsetail aids in the restoration of these precious minerals. Horsetail is rich in silica and other minerals and may be consumed thrice a day. Inflammation is a common condition amongst patients of reactive arthritis and this can be reduced through the consumption of alfalfa tea.

Treatment of Reiter’s syndrome also includes superficial healing methods like sitz baths. These treatments are aimed at the external manifestations of the disease like inflamed tissues and help in alleviating the pain. The detoxification process also includes dry brushing along with the sitz-baths. Chelation Therapy may help in restoring normal metabolic functions since it has the ability to reverse symptoms and causes of degenerative conditions.