Getting Rid of Scleroderma at Home Naturally
Of late you have noticed some dry patches on your hands and face, with hardening of the tips of your toes and fingers along with redness, and itching. Some of the fingers look swollen as well. On visiting the doctor,he advised a number of investigations, such as x-ray, MRI, blood tests etc. He also checked your BP and found it had gone up substantially. You would never have connected the two, but your doctor who knows better, told you that yours is a case of Scleroderma. This is really not a cause for worry – there are several natural ways in which you can bring the situation under control, using natural methods and natural substances available at home.
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Scleroderma being an autoimmune disease of the connective tissues, it is often observed that the patient has scar tissues in parts of the body suchas the trunk, face, hands, where the immune system has attacked tissues of the skin which become inflamed and thickened. The immune system of such a person can also attack other organs of the body, such as the oesophagus, bowels, lungs, heart,etc. and cause scarring there. The BP of the person will also rise. The external symptoms will largely depend on the extent to which it has affected the individual. There are 2 forms of this affliction, limited and diffuse. The limited form is known to cause thickening of the skin and swelling at the fingers and face and is more slow in manifesting, while the diffuse form has a wider reach, and can adversely affect the organs, causing scarring in them as well. The former is known as the CREST form which is an acronym for :
- Calcinosis where hard whitish areas appear on the skin of the hands and elbows
- Reynaud’s Phenomenon where the colour of the fingers changes from blue to white and then to red in response to extreme climatic conditions with tips of the fingers being damaged by hardened skin or tiny ulcers
- Esophagus disease in scleroderma whereby the person suffers scarring of esophaegus tissues and loss of muscle power in the organ, leading to acid reflux and heartburn.
- Sclerodactyly or tightening of the skin around the fingers and toes, making movement difficult
- Telangiectasias or small red areas on the face, hands, and mouth behind the lips caused by widening of tiny capillaries.
All these symptoms need not occur in the same person or simultaneously.
Scleroderma is an autoimmune disease and there does not appear to be any known cause for it, except that it can be hereditary, but the exact genes which cause it have not been identified. It occurs more in women than in men, and environmental factors have a part to play in its occurrence.
Accordingly, those who are engaged in the plastics or organic solvent industry, drug industry, or work with silica or silicones, are more susceptible to it. Certain races are more likely to be affected by it.
Zinc and Copper deficiencies are also common among scleroderma patients.
Scleroderma Natural Treatment with Home Remedies:
Since Scleroderma can affect various parts of the body, it is hardly possible to treat the condition as a whole. However, a good amount of success has been achieved by treating individual affected organs or parts of the body.
In the cases where scleroderma affects the skin, regular treatment with Vitamin E has been found to be beneficial. Vitamin E being an anti-oxidant, is capable of reducing the damage to the skin caused by oxidative stress under this condition. It is also an anti-fibriotic, and hence is helpful also in healing scar tissues. It can be taken internally and applied externally on affected parts, by breaking open a capsule as required.
Calcitriol, the active form of Vitamin D, a naturally occurring vitamin, is also found useful in treating localized scleroderma, wherever the skin and joints are affected. Vast improvement has been observed even in cases where the treatment was stopped after a few months.
Evening Primrose oil, administered intravenously, is found to be useful in increasing the blood flow in the capillaries, thus bringing about healing in the case of Scleroderma wherein the extremities became numbed or changed colour due to limited blood supply. Gingko biloba and Niacin are also helpful in this connection.
Pineapples, which contain bromelain, are also good for treating the joint related problems of scleroderma.
Soyabean extract which contain enzymes which heal fibrosis, can be administered in supplement form to the persons suffering from scleroderma.
Avoiding sugar substitutes such as aspartame, and also foods containing tyrosine, will help heal the condition faster.
If you require more details on getting rid of Scleroderma naturally, do get in touch with a Professonal Natural Therapist .