Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus and Scleroderma

Connective tissues in the body are substances that create a matrix and wraps as well as fills up all the gaps in the body – even if that means intruding into the most inner parts of the cells in the body. All the important systems in the body are surrounded by this connective tissue which is highly vascular except for the cartilage. Collagen is an insoluble protein and it is fibrous and it is found in the connective tissues. Collagen makes up about 30% of the total amount of protein found in the body. There are a number of diseases that can affect the connective tissues and rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and scleroderma are some of those that can be readily named. All these diseases share many common characteristics so we have discussed here a number of herbal treatments that can be adopted to cure all these issues.

Rheumatoid arthritis has symptoms such as weakness, fatigue, slowly increasing joint pain. This pain normally starts to develop in the smaller joints and gradually affects most of the joints in the body. The pains can be quite intolerable. Lupus is another inflammatory connective tissues disorder. Most young women develop this problem even though it might be developing over a long period of time and might not get detected till the woman is considerably older. The beginning stages show fever and acute infection. Common complaints include pains similar to arthritis, much swelling and inflammation of the skin. Sometimes a butterfly shaped red patch might also appear on the face. Lupus may also affect the kidneys, brain, lungs, lymph glands and other tissues as well. In many cases it has been seen that women who take estrogen supplements made of synthetic ingredients suffer from lupus. Exposure to the sun causes the disease to get aggravated thus care should be taken against sun exposure.

Scleroderma is a connective tissues disorder showing consistent thickening and hardening of skin. After this, what follow is alterations in skin pigmentation. This can affect the organs inside the body, gradually causing death. Connective tissues disorder causes a high level of swelling and destruction of tissues to arise. This obviously shows that the body’s immune system is not strong enough to handle the disease. Changes in blood composition may be noticed which determines that there is a requirement for general tonification and an added support from the digestive system is essential. The disease is so strong that it makes it necessary for the use of powerful western anti inflammatory drugs if a patient happens to sink into an emergency situation. Swelling and pain often arise due to blockage and dampness so there is a need to do away with those.

Connective tissues are elastic and not found only in the places you think they would be found most commonly. These proteins are present not only in the connective tissues but also in the cells within the stiff tubes, contractile filaments and other parts of the body. If you do suffer from an advanced case of the disease it is important that you get immediate assistance. Nutritional specialists would insist that you check if there is a food allergy that you suffer from. Antibiotic treatment and dietary counseling might become mandatory in order to deal with your problem successfully. Do not grumble and do as your doctor recommends. By far there are some herbs that help to treat scleroderma rather well. Listed below are a few that have shown the best possible results:

  • Amla fruit, dandelion root, wheat sprouts, milk thistle seed and white peony root help to strengthen the body’s anti oxidant status and remove toxins from the liver.
  • A combination of herbs that can reduce heat and dampness such as boswellia gum, honeysuckle flower, asashwaghanda root, licorice root, rhubarb root, turmeric root and willow bark will help to get rid off inflammation directly and rapidly.
  • Use moducare, isocort and low dose prednisone to reduce auto immune attack.
  • A high dose of digestive enzymes will help to rid your body off too much protein and sticky deposits.
  • In order to make your connective tissues strong, you must take herbs such as glucosamine sulfate, bamboo sap, gotu kola leaf, falvonoid rich fruits, multi minerals etc.

You must use moderate or high doses of these herbs in a variety of combinations over a long period of time to notice significant changes. It is not possible to completely eliminate connective tissues disorders but we have noticed betterment in state and reduction in symptoms for those who have adopted the use of these herbs. Also remember that physical exercise is a very important aspect and you must get enough of it for all these medical doses to react to their optimum. Do not overdo the regular practice but make sure to strike a healthy balance and maintain moderation between the extremes. You are bound to benefit to the most then. It might not be very easy but improving your condition in the case of scleroderma is not impossible.


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