What is the Best Natural Treatment for Scleroderma

Posted on Apr 1, 2020 in Natural Health, Nerve Inflammation, Nutrition, Nutritional Supplements

What is the Best Natural Treatment for Scleroderma

Scleroderma is distinguished by a hardening of facial skin, causing it to look like a glossy tight film on the skins surface. It is a connective tissue disorder, causing the skin in various parts of the body to become thick and hard, restricting flexibility. In more advanced forms, the internal organs are affected as well, fortunately this is less common. Early on indications are mixed.

How Does Scleroderma Manifest

Symptoms of scleroderma occur when the connective tissue protein (collagen) is overproduced. Like many other illnesses, there are many underlying causes or imbalances such as missing nutrients that are key for proper body function and restoration. Autoimmune processes trigger the degenerative process in the skin. A mineral imbalance could be a main culprit creating symptoms. Far more women are affected than men.

Nutrition Support

Unrefined, cold-pressed nut and seed oils like flax seed, sunflower seed, pumpkin seed and nut oil will help reduce the inflammation of scleroderma. They contain the essential fatty omega-3 alpha-linolenic and omega-6 linoleic acid. These are converted in the body to prostaglandins, hormone-like substances which have anti-inflammatory properties and promote soft, healthy skin. Marine sourced omega 3 fatty acids will alleviate the symptoms of inflammation and help as well with proper body function. The oil from fatty fish like trout, cod, halibut, mackerel and salmon contains eicosapentanoic acids (EPAI), which is used by the body like the essential acid, alpha-linolenic acid. These special properties can be found in concentrated supplement forms called Super EFA’s.

Important to eat raw, green, leafy vegetables daily and freshly made juice from greens, carrots and beets for their antioxidants and enzymes which fight against tissue degeneration. As a plant source, alfalfa has shown to be a particularly effective anti-inflammatory. Alkaline forming vegetables and fruits should make up a larger part of the diet rather than acid forming foods like meat, dairy products, eggs and grains. Overacidity in the body is often the precursor to scleroderma and many other serious diseases like cancer. To counteract a mineral imbalance, avoid bran, coffee and tea, which interfere with mineral absorption.

Ph strips can be purchased at many drug and health stores to monitor your acid/alkaline blood balance. Liquid chlorophyll and fresh juices are extremely helpful in alkalizing a body amongst other benefits. Check out protocols using baking soda, acclaimed as well for very effective body alkalizing.

Nutritional Supplements

In addition to the following, colostrum from New Zealand has been highly beneficial.

The essential fatty acids, especially the gammalinolenic acid (GLA) found in evening primrose and flax seed oil, are building blocks for the body’s own anti-inflammatory prostaglandins, which previously noted, is highly beneficial in the treatment of scleroderma. Additionally, higher dosages of vitamin E help prevent the tissue hardening associated with this illness. Both the essential fatty acids and vitamin E are helpful for all autoimmune disorders. Silica and calcium are two minerals, part of the matrix in our bone composition. Vitamin C with bioflavonoids is involved in the health of connective tissues and acts as an anti-inflammatory.


The homeopathic approach to scleroderma is constitutional treatment requiring much dialogue. If desired, consult an experienced homeopath for more complementary treatment.

Other Suggestions

  • Take blood, urine and hair mineral analysis tests to determine toxic levels of lead and iron in the body.
  • Allergy testing is also recommended as connective tissue problems can be due to intestinal tract parasites or candida infection.

Recommended Dosages

  • Evening primrose and/or combination flax oil, two 500 mg capsules three times daily
  • Vitamin E, with mixed tocopherols, 400 IU twice a day
  • Calcium, 1,200 mg
  • Silica, 1,000 mg
  • Magnesium, 300 mg twice a day
  • Zinc 30 mg
  • Iodine drops, 5 drops three times a day on the tongue or in liquid
  • B vitamins stress formula or nutritional flaked yeast (1 tablespoon in liquid or on food)
  • Selenium 200 mcg. Take at the same time as vitamin E. Vitamin E greatly enhances selenium’s absorption
  • Colostrum, 2 caps twice a day

Herbal Remedies

  • Comfrey leaf or root, devil’s claw root, comfrey, sassafras and licorice help purify the blood and induce sweating and urination, which removes toxins and aids skin conditions.
  • To provide adrenal support, take Siberian ginseng, extract of wild yam and astragalus. (10 drops each in liquid) Or combine these herbs and add 1 cup of boiling water to 1 teaspoon of herbs, steep, the health of the connective tissues strain and drink three times daily.
  • The herb horsetail is high in silicon. Therefore silica in aqueous horsetail extract maintains, rebuilds and helps retard the degenerative process of connective tissue. Take 3 capsules (divided) daily or 20 drops of extract in water twice a day.
  • Gotu kola is also effective in helping improve conditions related to the skin, 2 capsules daily.


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