How to Help Heal Autoimmune Disease
How to Stop Attacking Yourself:
Autoimmune Diseases means Attacking Yourself. People afflicted with autoimmune diseases know all too well how frustrating, painful, depressing and life-altering these conditions can be. These illnesses, of which there are over 80 types, range from mild to severe, and the limitations and side effects of medications used to treat them leave many seeking a natural solution.
Autoimmune Diseases, specifically, now affect 24 million people and include rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, thyroid disease, inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn’s disease, vasculitis, psoriasis and more, so much more.
I did my research for M.S. I didn’t know that MY Multiple Sclerosis could be confused with anything, much less EVERYTHING. So my symptoms runs right along with Fibromyalgia! And that is what I was diagnosed with in the first place! Fibromyalgia, also known as fibromyalgia syndrome, is a chronic condition that characteristically causes pain all over the body, including muscle and joint pain, and fatigue as well as other symptoms. Fibromyalgia can lead to depression and social isolation.
As autoimmune diseases are so varied, there is no “one remedy fits all”. However, the following approach a good start for you to research:
Go to your doctor and get a full blood panel for vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Get tested for food allergies and heavy metals. Find out what your body is missing. Nutritional Deficiencies. Sadly, due to the lack of deep testing and doctors not take a close look at labs. Falling into the “normal” range is not all that good.
ONE OF THE BEST WAYS TO MINIMIZE YOUR RISK IS TO FOCUS ON IDENTIFYING THE ROOT CAUSE OF YOUR HEALTH CHALLENGE, RATHER THAN JUST TREATING THE SYMPTOMS WITH MEDICATIONS.
Now, Turmeric is on top of the list as one of the most frequently mentioned medicinal herbs in all of science and the next most popular studied herbs include garlic, cinnamon, ginseng, ginger and milk thistle.
Turmeric, the main spice in curry, is arguably the most powerful herb on the planet at fighting and reversing disease. Turmeric is the root stalk of a tropical plant that’s part of the ginger family. One of the main components of the spice is a substance called curcumin which has potentially healing properties.
You can buy fresh turmeric in Chinese and Indian supermarkets. It’s widely available in a dried powder form in supermarkets. The spice is used in lots of Asian dishes, mustards and pickles. But the best place to get Turmeric is in Okinawa.
It’s also available in supplements at chemists and health food shops. The problem with normal turmeric supplements is that it oxidizes as soon as you open the bottle. The most common example of oxidizing is rusting: Open to air. Oxygen interacts with the spice or herb and begins to lose strength, flavor and aroma loss. However, You can Awaken to Kangen Water and Ukon.
Turmeric has been used for many thousands of years in Chinese and Indian Ayurvedic medicine for conditions including heartburn, diarrhea, stomach bloating, colds, fibromyalgia and depression. Followers of Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine also sometimes apply turmeric to the skin for ringworm and infected wounds as it’s said to have antibacterial properties.
In more recent years there have been some studies carried out on the effects of curcumin. However, there is little reliable evidence to support the use of turmeric for health conditions because too few clinical trials have been carried out so far.
Turmeric grows wild in the forests of South and Southeast Asia. It’s one of the key ingredients in many Pakistani, Indian, Persian and Thai dishes and has incredible medicinal value, too.
Here are some of the benefits when ingested with your food as a spice:
- It is a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent, useful in disinfecting cuts and burns.
- When combined with cauliflower, it has shown to prevent prostate cancer and stop the growth of existing prostate cancer.
- Prevented breast cancer from spreading to the lungs in mice.
- It may prevent melanoma and cause existing melanoma cells to commit suicide.
- Reduces the risk of childhood leukemia.
- It’s a natural liver detoxifier.
- Turmeric may prevent and slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease by removing amyloid plaque buildup in the brain.
- It may prevent metastases from occurring in many different forms of cancer.
- It is a potent natural anti-inflammatory that works as well as many anti-inflammatory drugs but without the side effects.
- Has shown promise in slowing the progression of multiple sclerosis in mice.
- Is a natural painkiller and cox-2 inhibitor.
- May aid in fat metabolism and help in weight management.
- Has long been used in Chinese medicine as a treatment for depression.
- Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, it is a natural treatment for arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
- Boosts the effects of chemo drug paclitaxel and reduces its side effects.
- Promising studies are underway on the effects of turmeric on pancreatic cancer.
- Studies are ongoing in the positive effects of turmeric on multiple myeloma.
- Has been shown to stop the growth of new blood vessels in tumors.
- Speeds up wound healing and assists in remodeling of damaged skin.
- May help in the treatment of psoriasis and other inflammatory skin conditions.
- Curcumin seems to delay liver damage that can eventually lead to cirrhosis, according to preliminary experimental research at the Medical University Graz in Austria.
- Kansas State University research found that adding certain spices, including turmeric, can reduce the levels of heterocyclic amines — carcinogenic compounds that are formed when meats are barbecued, boiled or fried — by up to 40 percent.
- Rodent studies at the University of Texas indicate that curcumin inhibits the growth of a skin cancer, melanoma and also slows the spread of breast cancer into the lungs.
- Researchers from the University of South Dakota have found that pretreatment with curcumin makes cancer cells more vulnerable to chemo and radiotherapy.
- Epidemiologists have hypothesized that the turmeric that is part of daily curries eaten in India may help explain the low rate of Alzheimer’s disease in that country. Among people aged 70 to 79, the rate is less than one-quarter that of the United States. (Source: Dr. Andrew Weil)
Word of warning
While turmeric has a long history of health giving properties and there have been many hundreds of studies into its effects on a wide variety of ailments it can’t be regarded as a magic cure.
It’s worth bearing in mind that most of these are preliminary studies performed in a laboratory, and not in humans. Much more research is needed into the possible benefits.
A study in 2009 in Ireland found that curcumin killed off oesophageal cancer cells in the laboratory. The researchers found that curcumin started to destroy the cancer cells within 24 hours and the cells also began to digest themselves.
Researchers in Austria and the US in 2010 suggested that curcumin may help in the fight against liver damage. It seems to delay the onset of cirrhosis. They say their work builds on previous research which has indicated that it has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties which may be helpful in combating disease.
A small study in Thailand in 2012 found it may help lower the risk of type 2 diabetes. It found that over 9 months a daily dose of a supplement containing curcumin, seemed to prevent new cases of type 2 diabetes among certain people at risk. However, more research is needed.
Alzheimer’s disease and dementia
There are numerous studies into the effect of curcumin on Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. An Indian study in 2008 suggested that curcumin can block the formation of the beta-amyloid plaques that get in the way of brain function in Alzheimer’s disease. More research is needed before these possible benefits are translated into a clinical setting.
Garlic can contribute to the treatment and prevention of pathologies such as obesity, metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular disorders, gastric ulcer, and even cancer.
Milk thistle is known as an elixir for your liver and the king of detoxifying herbs. No herb is more beneficial and more powerful at cleansing than milk thistle. Milk thistle has been proven effective in supporting the liver in detoxification from:
- Heavy Metals
- Prescription Medications
- Environmental pollution
Milk thistle has long been used to support liver function. Milk Thistle contains powerful antioxidants that may protect your body from nerve damage, abnormal brain aging, and cancer.
Ginseng has been shown to reduce the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines and thus, ameliorate the symptoms and the progression of inflammatory diseases. Thousands of literatures have described the diverse role of ginseng in physiological processes such as cancer, neurodegenerative disorders, insulin resistance, and hypertension. In particular, ginseng has been extensively reported to maintain homeostasis of the immune system and to enhance resistance to illness or microbial attacks through the regulation of immune system. Immune system comprises of different types of cells fulfilling their own specialized functions, and each type of the immune cells is differentially influenced and may be simultaneously controlled by ginseng treatment.
Ginger: Anti-inflammatory and Antispasmodic
Ginger is an essential oil that can be especially beneficial for sufferers of chronic pain, and may also help to ease the pain and discomfort of digestive disorders. Ginger’s effect on relieving many types of pain is hypothesized to have to do with its inhibition of eicosanoids, which are a type of chemical signaler involved in pain.
Cinnamon, very Versatile
Cinnamon is considered one of the top seven antioxidants, that can also repair damage to your organs and even your skin with an oxygen radical absorbance capacity, or ORAC value, of 131,420 μmol TE/100g. Even the oils of the cinnamon leaf and bark contain antioxidant and antimicrobial properties.
Cinnamon fights odor-causing bacteria, fights cavities, destroys plaque, and prevents gum disease and tooth decay. Instead of gargling with mouthwash after brushing, simply add a few drops of cinnamon oil into a glass of water for a refreshing, healthy rinse.
Due to its antifungal properties, you can simply add a few drops of cinnamon oil into some hot water for a refreshing foot soak. Results should be noticeable within three days of use.
Kills Bacteria and Viruses
Cinnamon also contains antibacterial and antimicrobial properties.
Treats Parkinson’s Disease and Alzheimer’s Disease
Although little research is available on the matter, cinnamon appears to be a promising treatment for Parkinson’s disease, and Alzheimer’s
Improves Blood Pressure
Cinnamon can assist with lowering blood pressure by improving blood circulation and overall cardiovascular health. It also helps to prevent blood platelet clumping in the arteries, which adds prevention of heart attacks and strokes.
Cinnamon reduces irritability in drivers by removing bacteria in the gut that cause susceptibility to mood disorders, depression and irritability.
Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
As a result of killing bad gut bacteria, moodiness associated with premenstrual syndrome can be quelled.
Improves Mental Function
Cinnamon can improve memory recollection and response time. Cinnamon also plays a role in maintaining energy levels within the body by improving circulation.
Due to its potent scent, cinnamon makes an excellent deodorizer. It not only masks odors, but actually kills odor-causing bacteria.
Due to its high antimicrobial properties, cinnamon oil not extract has been found to be more effective in repelling bugs, black ants, lice, dust mites, roaches and even bed bugs.
In hot Asian countries, cinnamon is used along with turmeric and chili, to preserve food when a refrigerator is not available.
Treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Cinnamon in tea reduces bloating in those suffering from irritable bowel syndrome by eliminating bacteria, healing GI tract infections, and enabling the normal flow and functions of gastrointestinal fluids.
Controls Blood Sugar
Cinnamon bark contains many vitamins and minerals that are used for the treatment of diabetes, including chromium, manganese, and vitamins B, C and E. Although cassia cinnamon has been shown to be particularly effective in regulating blood sugar, it contains higher levels of coumarin than other types of cinnamon. Coumarin can cause liver damage over time, so by doubling the amount of ceylon cinnamon, you can avail of the same insulin stabilizing effect while protecting your liver.
By balancing blood sugar, cinnamon can reduce sugar’s ability to sustain cancer cells. It is able to treat melanoma, gastric cancer and tumors. The cinnamaldehyde and eugenol within cinnamon can be used to form nutraceuticals that fight both hepatoma cells and colon cancer cells.
High levels of manganese in cinnamon can help build bones, blood, and connective tissue in the body. As a result, cinnamon is an excellent supplement for those with osteoporosis. Manganese-deficient individuals are at greater risk for osteoporosis. Also people who already have osteoporosis require more manganese to compensate for their lower bone density.
Cinnamon’s antibacterial properties can protect against stomach bacteria, fecal bacteria, and even flu-causing bacteria.
Cinnamon can reduce triglycerides, LDL cholesterol and total cholesterol. Diabetes Care journal revealed that taking as little as 1 gram of cinnamon daily can lower triglycerides, LDL and total cholesterol in diabetics.
Overall, adding cinnamon to your diet is a wonderful way to improve overall health and wellbeing so that you can feel and look your best. Adding just a little to your daily meals or warm beverages or the using the oil goes a long way!
The FDA does not approve the use of cinnamon to cure any disorder or illness. I like it in soap. Also see the Disclaimer
Along with helping to alleviate stress, lavender is linked to soothing a variety of skin conditions, including acne and eczema. Lavender as an essential oil may be useful in the treatment of musculoskeletal and rheumatoid autoimmune diseases. I like it in soap.
Chamomile tea is an ancient herbal remedy that has been used to treat a wide range of ailments, including inflammation, insomnia, rheumatic pain, and gastrointestinal disorders. The plant contains spiro ether, a known antispasmodic that may help to ease sore muscles and joint pain. It also relaxes tension and promotes sleep. The petals of this flowering plant (a relative of the garden-variety marigold) are full of the plant-based antioxidants known as flavonoids, which fight germs and inflammation, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Calendula is often used to help ease upset stomachs, but when applied directly to the skin, may help heal burns, cuts and bruises. It has also been used to treat a sore throat, as its anti-inflammatory properties seem to decrease the swelling there. I like it in soap.
There is so many more, too many to put here.
Note: Always use high-quality, therapeutic-grade essential oils from a manufacturer that you trust. Do not take essential oils internally unless specifically recommended to do so by a health professional — some oils are safe for internal use, and others are not. If you do go this route, make sure that the oil you are using is food-grade as well as therapeutic-grade.
It is important to remember that herbs and essential oils do not provide relief on their own. However, when coupled with a healthy lifestyle, including changes to your diet — Starting with Kangen Water & Ukon which involve stopping the processed foods, sugars and soda’s, sleep well and dance, always dance!
Remember to do your own Research! This article only goes over the basic benefits.