Sarcoidosis is a condition where small patches of inflamed cells show up in the body. The disease can affect parts of our body, including muscles, eyes and skin. Many people with Sarcoidosis show no symptoms at all. But in others, the condition can cause long-term organ damage.
Instead of taking continuous dose of medicines, one with Sarcoidosis can try some natural remedies. Only very severe cases need surgery, such as a lung or heart transplant.
Here are some remedies one with Sarcoidosis can try:
Though researches don’t suggest much about the good effects of nutrition and dietary supplements on treating Sarcoidosis, you may decide to use them as part of your overall treatment plan. But you must share with your doctors what types of herbs and supplements you are using or considering using.
Eat anti-oxidant food, including fruits like blueberries, cherries and vegetables like tomatoes, squash and bell peppers that can be really good for a person with Sarcoidosis. You can take barley, bran, corn, rye, oats, soy, brown rice, avocado, banana and potato, which are rich in magnesium and low in calcium. Avoid white breads, pastas and sugar. Eat more lean meats, cold-water fish, tofu or beans for protein. Use olive oil or vegetable oil.
Avoid caffeine, alcohol and tobacco as much as you can. Try to reduce or eliminate trans-fatty acids from your diet. Intake of large amount of liquid is a must to keep any diseases at bay. Drink at least 6 to 8 glasses of water daily.
You can also take the following supplements for the benefit of your overall health: Antioxidant vitamins A, C, E and the B-complex vitamins. Omega-3 fatty acids such as fish oil, 1 to 2 capsules or 1 to 3 tablespoon of oil, 1 to 3 times daily.
The most important thing is that whatever supplements you take, don’t forget to check with your doctor because they may increase the chances of bleeding. However, eating fish does not cause the same risk.
Medicines like Bromelain may help reduce inflammation in the body. Ask your doctor before taking it. Bromelain is often combined with turmeric. Probiotic supplement a day can be taken depending on doctor’s advice. The ‘friendly’ bacteria in these probiotic supplements help maintain your gastrointestinal health. If you have a suppressed immune system, speak with your physician first. For better results, you should refrigerate your probiotic supplements.
Herbs may strengthen the body’s immune systems. But studies have not found any herbs that specifically treat Sarcoidosis. However, these two herbs may help improve your overall health: Turmeric (Curcuma longa) standardized extract and Cat’s claw (Uncaria tomentosa). But again take physician’s advice.
Some reports suggest that homeopathic medicines may improve the general well-being of individuals with Sarcoidosis. Some of the following homeopathic medicines can be helpful: Tuberculinum bovinum, Beryllium, Carcinosin, Euphrasia, Graphites, Leuticum (Syphilinum), Bacillinum, Sepia, Phosphorus and Arsenicum album.
Exercise always benefits a person to stay healthy throughout his or her life. Exercise at least 30 minutes daily. Ask your doctor before starting a new exercise routine.
A Sarcoidosis affected woman can get pregnant and there is no problem in it. But if you are thinking about having a baby, talk to your doctor. Medications like Methotrexate can be harmful to the baby. According to some studies, 65 per cent of women may see their symptoms improve during pregnancy, while 5 per cent may find the opposite. Some women may develop symptoms after giving birth.