Sjogren’s syndrome is an autoimmune disorder that attacks the glands that make saliva (salivary glands) and glands that make tears (lachrymal glands). When the salivary and lachrymal glands get destroyed, it leads to a dry mouth (xerostomia) and dry eyes (xerophthalmia). Apart from these glands, Sjogren’s syndrome may also damage other parts including joints, lungs, thyroid gland, kidneys, skin, and liver. Homeopathic medicines for Sjogren’s syndrome help in the symptomatic management of the disease. Nux Moschata, Belladonna, and Rhus Tox are the top homeopathic medicines that help treat Sjogren’s syndrome by moderating the overactive immune system.
Homeopathic Treatment of Sjogren’s Syndrome
Sjogren’s syndrome can be treated safely and effectively with the use of homeopathic medicines. Homeopathic medicines treat Sjogren’s syndrome by moderating the overactive immune system. The homeopathic medicines for Sjogren’s syndrome are selected by taking into consideration the part affected and the characteristic symptoms in every individual case. The primary symptoms present in most cases of Sjogren’s syndrome including dry eyes and dry mouth can be well-managed with homeopathic remedies. Apart from these, the symptoms present in some cases including joint pains, fatigue, dry, itchy skin, dry cough and dryness of the vagina are also managed equally well. These homeopathic medicines are prepared from naturally occurring substances and hence are very safe to use. They don’t have any side effects. Homeopathic prescription needs a complete evaluation of the case, so these medicines should be used under the supervision of a homeopathic physician.
Homeopathic Medicines for Symptomatic Treatment of Sjogren’s Syndrome
Nux Moschata – Homeopathic Medicine for Dry Mouth in Sjogren’s Syndrome
Nux Moschata is a homeopathic medicine prepared from seeds of the Nutmeg plant. The natural order of this plant is Myristicaceae. Nux Moschata is beneficial for treating dry mouth in cases of Sjogren’s syndrome. People who need Nux Moschata have an intensely dry mouth. The dryness is so marked that the tongue sticks to the roof of the mouth. The dryness of the mouth is most experienced while sleeping. A peculiar symptom is a lack of thirst in spite of a dry mouth. A bad smell from the mouth may be present. The lips are also dry. The dryness may extend to throat from mouth.
Belladonna – Homeopathic Remedy for Managing Dry Eyes in Sjogren’s Syndrome
Belladonna is a natural treatment for Sjogren’s syndrome prepared from the plant Deadly Nightshade. It belongs to the natural order Solanaceae. Belladonna is helpful for managing dry eyes in Sjogren’s syndrome. Along with dryness, the eyes also appear red. Itching in the eyes may be present, and in some cases, a burning, smarting and stinging sensation in eyes is present. Sand-like gritty sensation in the eyes along with the above symptoms may also be present.
Rhus Tox – Natural Homeopathic Medicine for Joint Pains in Sjogren’s Syndrome
Rhus Tox is an effective homeopathic cure for joint pains in cases of Sjogren’s syndrome. People needing Rhus Tox experience pain, swelling, redness, heat in joints with marked stiffness. Cracking on stretching the joints also appears. They may feel better by warm application. For using Rhus Tox, a characteristic feature is a joint pain that gets worse during rest and better by motion.
Arsenic Album – Natural Homeopathic Remedy for Fatigue in Sjogren’s Syndrome
Arsenic Album is an effective medicine for Sjogren’s Syndrome where the person experiences extreme fatigue. Weariness and weakness prevail all the time, and intense fatigue makes a person want to lie down constantly. The slightest exertion can cause fatigue, and there may be anxiety or restlessness.
Bryonia – Effective Homeopathic Medicine for DryCough in Sjogren’s Syndrome
Bryonia is a natural medicine prepared from the root of a plant named Bryonia Alba, of the natural order Cucurbitaceae. Bryonia is well-indicated to treat a dry cough in cases of Sjogren’s syndrome. People needing Bryonia have a dry, spasmodic cough. A tickling sensation in the throat may be present along with a cough. The cough may worsen after eating or drinking. Vomiting may occur along with cough. Pain in the head and chest appear with a cough. Apart from the above symptoms, dryness of the mouth and cracking of the lips may be present. Joint pains that are worse from motion and better by rest is another prominent attending symptom.
Sulphur – Effective Homeopathic Treatment for Dry, Itching Skin in Sjogren’s Syndrome
Sulphur is a natural remedy for dry, itchy skin in Sjogren’s syndrome. The itching may be localiZed or widespread all over the body. Intense itching is present, and scratching the skin causes a burning sensation. The itchy spots may also become painful after scratching.
In some cases, bleeding appears upon scratching the skin. The skin itching is most worse in the evening and night time, especially upon getting warm in the bed. Along with the above symptoms, a stitching, prickling sensation on the skin may also appear.
Sepia – Natural Medicine for Vaginal Dryness in Sjogren’s Syndrome
Sepia is an effective natural medicine for vaginal dryness in Sjogren’s syndrome. Women needing Sepia may experience itching in the vagina along with dryness. They also complain of painful coition (intercourse) from extreme dryness of the vagina.
Reasons and Risk Factors for Sjogren’s Syndrome
Sjogren’s syndrome is a disease of the autoimmune origin where the immune cells start to destroy healthy body tissues as a result of a misplaced immune response. The glands that make saliva and tears are destroyed in Sjogren’s syndrome. Certain risk factors predispose a person to develop Sjogren’s syndrome. These factors include a genetic predisposition and having any another autoimmune disease including lupus or rheumatoid arthritis. When Sjogren’s syndrome appears in association with any other autoimmune disorder, it is known as secondary Sjogren’s syndrome. Sjogren’s syndrome arising without any other related autoimmune condition is known as primary Sjogren’s syndrome. Women are a higher risk to develop Sjogren’s syndrome as compared to males. It is mostly diagnosed at the age of 40 years or above.
Symptoms of Sjogren’s Syndrome
The significant symptoms of Sjogren’s syndrome include dry eyes (xerophthalmia) and dry mouth (xerostomia). Along with dry eyes, other attending eye symptoms include itching, burning, stinging, redness and a sand-like gritty sensation in the eyes. Dry mouth may lead to difficulty in speaking, difficulty in swallowing and the tongue adhering to the roof of the mouth. Dryness and cracks of the lips may also be present. Having a dry mouth also predisposes a person to get oral fungal infections and tooth decay. Other symptoms include pain, stiffness, and swelling in the joints, fatigue or tiredness, and dry, itchy skin. In some cases, there may be swelling of the salivary glands, prolonged dry cough, and muscle aches. Women may experience vaginal dryness.