Sarcoidosis is an inflammatory disorder that can affect multiple organs in the body, mainly the lungs and the lymph nodes. There is no cure for this disorder, however,using these herbal remedies can help treat your sarcoidosis symptoms effectively.
Sarcoidosis is a chronic disorder that is characterized by the growth of inflammatory cells (called granulomas) in different organs of your body. When you are suffering from sarcoidosis, the most common parts of the body that get affected are the lymph nodes, the lungs, the skin, and the eyes. It is vital to note that sarcoidosis is not akin to cancer, in other words, the inflammatory cells are not cancerous. Even though it can affect people of all ages, it is often diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 40 years. It is quite difficult to estimate the prevalence rate of this disorder because the symptoms are usually mistaken for some other diseases.
The research that has been conducted on sarcoidosis up till now has found that the buildup of the cells is due to an abnormal response of the immune system. However, what exactly triggers this abnormal response is not yet known. Researchers are still trying to find answers to how the environment, heredity, or lifestyle affects the development as well as the severity of this disorder. As sarcoidosis can affect different organs, the symptoms differ from one individual to another. The most common symptoms of this disorder are body aches, numbness, skin problems, fever, swollen lymph glands, joint pain, and shortness of breath. It may also lead to heart and lung problems, lack of energy, hypercalcemia, and loss of appetite.
The doctors cannot diagnose sarcoidosis on the basis of the symptoms because they are very vague. You may be diagnosed with this disorder after an eye exam, a chest X-ray, or a physical exam. Unfortunately, there is no cure for sarcoidosis. Everyone who is suffering from it does not require treatment because sometimes this disorder goes away by itself. You will require treatment only when it affects organs like brain, eyes, and heart. The most typical medicine that is used to treat sarcoidosis is prednisone, which is an oral corticosteroid that works by reducing the inflammation. Hydroxychloroquine and methotrexate are some other medications that are used to treat this condition.
The treatment plan for sarcoidosis basically focuses on reducing the inflammation and maintaining good health practices. You can help treat your sarcoidosis by eating a balanced diet, quitting smoking, drinking plenty of fluids, and exercising. You can also use certain herbs that are known to treat sarcoidosis effectively. The herbal remedies for this disease are:
Chamomile is mainly found in Asia, North Africa, and Europe, and has several antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. The anti-inflammatory properties of chamomile are due to the presence of chamazulene and alpha bisabolol in it. This herb works by curbing the activity of arachidonic acid in your body, which is one of the acids responsible for the inflammation. Since chamomile is a flowering plant, the dried or fresh flowers are used by naturopathic physicians to brew chamomile tea, which can help treat various health problems including sarcoidosis. It is very easy to brew this tea, just steep dried chamomile flowers in boiling water for around 25 minutes. Strain this mixture and drink this tea at least two to three times a day.
Turmeric, scientifically known as Curcuma longa, is an herb that has a bitter and a pungent taste. According to the findings of the University of Maryland Medical Center, turmeric has been used as an anti-inflammatory remedy in traditional Chinese medicine as well as Ayurvedic medicine for over hundreds of years. An herbalist, Ed Smith stated that turmeric is helpful in treating several inflammatory diseases because it has potent anti-inflammatory properties. It is the root of this plant that is used for medicinal purposes. The antibacterial as well as the anti-inflammatory properties of this herb make it an effective herbal remedy for treating your sarcoidosis.
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