Home Remedies for Scleroderma

As scleroderma is an autoimmune condition, management of the symptoms is the best way to deal with the condition. You can try different herbs or natural remedies for scleroderma in order to seek relief from the symptoms.
Curcumin is being evaluated as an herb with a lot of potential to treat symptoms and complications of scleroderma.
  • Turmeric is also another plant used for home remedies for scleroderma. Turmeric contains large quantities of curcurim. Increase in consumption of niacin amide has shown potential in blotting out the pain from the symptoms. But this increase should be brought to the notice of your doctor. Sometimes increasing vitamin and mineral doses can lead to its own set of complications.
  • Supplements of beta carotene, sulfur and bromelain have also shown promise in the treatment for scleroderma but are still considered experimental treatments.
  • Bromelain is an enzyme found in pineapples and can help in reducing pain and inflammation caused by scleroderma and its complications.
  • Beta carotene is found in spinach, tomatoes, carrots, broccoli, sweet potato, pumpkin and sweet potatoes.
  • Horsetail is another mineral that is used in home treatments. Experimental treatments have shown that using this herb in treatments for scleroderma can help the skin regenerate the tissue that has been damaged by scleroderma.
  • Detoxifying herbs play an important role as the skin is the body’s biggest source of detoxification. Saasfras and devil’s claw are also herbs used in treatments for scleroderma.
  • Supplements of vitamin C and vitamin E have also been known to dim the symptoms of scleroderma.

It is important to use these herbs properly as they also have side effects and cause damage when used in excess. Often herbs can result in allergic reactions like nausea, dizziness, stomach upsets and drowsiness. Such reactions mean you should keep away from those home remedies. This is important because home remedies are often used without consults with the doctor. You must use your discretion.

Along with trying out herbs and natural remedies, even the diet for scleroderma can play a big part in helping you deal with the suffering. Nutritional supplements rich in vitamins and minerals can help you improve your health. So if the patient suffers from kidney failure or digestive complications, appropriate dietary changes need to be made so that suffering is less for the patient.

Diets that include strength building should be followed. Cook food according to the health of your esophagus and digestive tract. If you are constantly dealing with heartburn, constipation and diarrhea try and stick to as many natural cure. Avoid too much medication.

Consulting a dietitian might help. Different complications will have different needs. A dietitian will work in conjunction with your doctor and give you what your body needs the best. The aim of the diet would be to reduce the suffering from complications and still allow the patient’s body to maintain strength. For example, a kidney related complication would mean less salt while affected esophagus might mean soft foods.

Remember to keep drinking water through the day. Chew a sugar-free gum to keep saliva glands active. Fix the quantity of fiber you ingest depending on how much your body can take. Take supplements of required minerals and vitamins if required and in consultation with your doctor.

Weight loss is common when dealing with symptoms of scleroderma so try and avoid that. Ingest food like milk shakes with whole milk, cheese, peanut butter, ice cream, fruit juices. These will be easily ingested and can help you maintain your desired weight.

Avoid extremes in food, like food which are too rich or too spicy or even too acidic. Listen to your body and eat accordingly. Avoid alcohol and stimulants like tea and coffee. Add more good bacteria to your body through natural yogurt. This will help deal with the trouble in your digestive system.

Frequently asked questions
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