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Jun 20, 2017

Using homeopathy to help autoimmune diseases


At present, there is no cure for many autoimmune diseases like scleroderma, Sjogren’s syndrome, lupus, and multiple sclerosis, among others. Conventional treatments are geared to help slow down disease but such treatments often have their own set of side effects. Homeopathy can be used, along with conventional medicine, to manage symptoms, prevent or limit complications, and even help with the unwanted side effects of conventional medicines. There are many cases from homeopaths around the world reporting such results, although systematic research has yet to be published.

Scleroderma, in particular, is a rare autoimmune disease. It affects the body—most often in women between 30 and 55—by producing too much collagen, hardening or thickening the skin. It may also affect connective tissue, muscles, and vital organs.

Each patient has a unique experience with scleroderma and the manifestation of the disease depends on which body parts and how much of the body is affected. The severity of each episode also varies. Some people go into remission and others eventually find that scleroderma is a terminal condition.

The cause of scleroderma is unknown. It is not contagious and it is not a cancer. Although families who are already pre-disposed to autoimmune diseases are more likely to be part of the scleroderma population, there is no genetic marker for scleroderma.

Symptoms and their homeopathic treatments include
• Diarrhea – Arsenicum album, Phosphorus, usually in people with anxiety
• Dry eyes or mouth (Sjogren's syndrome) – Nux moschatta, Pulsatilla, Silica
• Fingers and toes that change color or become more sensitive due to stress or exposure to cold (Raynaud's phenomenon) – Agaricus, Carbo veg, Secale
• Heartburn – Argentum nit, Arsenica album, Nux vomica, Phosphorus, Pulsatilla
• Fingers, hands, joints, and toes become swollen and tender – Arnica, Bryonia alba, Pulsatilla, Rhus tox
• Muscle weakness – Causticum, Kali phos, Phosphoric acid, Rhus tox
• Shortness of breath – Arsenicum, Phosphorus, Pulsatilla
• Skin on face and hands is hard and/or thick - Antimonium crudum, Graphites
• Sores on fingertips, tiny red spots on the face and/or chest – Arnica, Hypericum, Staphysagria
• Weight loss - Arsenicum album, Iodum, Phosphorus

Conventional medical treatment and lifestyle strategies can also help with the management of scleroderma symptoms and episodes. Aspirin and ibuprofen can lessen pain and swelling. Heartburn and high blood pressure may need to be treated with conventional medications if these conditions are persistent. An immune system reaction, which affects joints and organs severely, may respond to steroids. Pharmaceutical drugs may be helpful in promoting blood flow to extremities and in protecting the blood vessels in the lungs. Dermatologist-recommended skin treatments, exercise, occupational and physical therapy, and stress management all contribute to quality of life with scleroderma.

Ask your homeopath how you or your family member can manage symptoms of scleroderma.

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