Vasculitis is an inflammation of the blood vessels which restricts blood flow to tissues and organs. This condition can be rather dangerous especially when the organs concerned are the brain, lungs or kidneys. Vasculitis can be chronic or short term, depending on the type and its cause. The exact reasons for this condition remain unknown though doctors believe that an allergic reaction to a drug, an infection or autoimmune disease could lead to it. Symptoms of vasculitis vary based on its type. In general, patients may suffer headaches, joint pain, reduced vision, abdominal pain, bloody stools, nose bleeds and other debilitating symptoms. Today we will discuss some lifestyle changes, vasculitis diet and essential oils for the disease.
1. Apple cider vinegar (ACV)
Apple cider vinegar treatment for vasculitis works as tonic for the body and is one of the best natural cures for the disease. ACV has healing enzymes and is also antibacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory. Choose organic apple cider vinegar with ‘mother’ intact. Drink a couple of tablespoons daily mixed with water/honey or juice.
2. Liver detox
A complete liver detox is essential for reducing symptoms of drug induced vasculitis. Start by fasting for a couple of days. Drink only fruit juices and avoid all kinds of processed foods, meat, refined flour etc during this period. Sleep and rest during the liver flush. On the 3rd day, you can start eating steamed vegetables. You may drink herbal teas but avoid caffeine and alcohol. Drink copious amounts of water to detoxify the body.
3. Vasculitis diet – foods to avoid
Many patients suffering from this disease get overwhelmed and wonder whether there is a cure for it. The fact is that the exact remedy will depend on the type of vasculitis you have. That said; all patients can benefit from dietary and lifestyle changes. Vasculitis diet consists of avoiding the following:
- Synthetic food
- Food with high Glycemic index
- Processed food
- White sugar
- Oily, fried food
- Meat with nitrite/nitrates
4. Vasculitis diet- foods to eat
The best foods for vasculitis are:
- Natural, minimally processed-Fruits, vegetables, seeds and nuts
- Only sweeteners to use must be fruit.
- Change your cooking methods- avoid frying and sautéing and go for baking, grilling, steaming or boiling instead.
- Avoid use of oil, margarine etc. You may make moderate use of olive, sunflower or safflower oils.
Finally trust your instinct when it comes to food. If your body tells you to avoid certain food, listen to it. Eat slowly and stop eating when full.
5. Gingko biloba
Gingko biloba can improve blood circulation and also reduces swelling and pain. It is particularly beneficial for protecting the cells from the effects of reduced blood oxygen levels. Avoid taking Gingko if you take blood thinners.
Hawthorn leaves, berries and root can be used for healing vasculature damage. The herb also acts as a natural antibiotic to counter the ill effects of vascular infections. Do not take hawthorn if you are taking medicines for blood pressure or heart disease.
Bilberry extracts are anti-inflammatory and prevent inflammation of the blood vessels. They can also promote blood circulation and strengthen the blood vessel walls.
8. Ginger tea
Ginger is an anti-inflammatory herb which is beneficial for vasculitis with abdominal issues. Drinking 2-3 cups of ginger tea daily can help alleviate pain. You can also add ginger to stews, soups and other vasculitis diet recipes.
Turmeric for vasculitis is one of the most popular natural cures. It is antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial. These properties help strengthen the immune system and you can also use it as part of vasculitis treatment for skin infections. Make a paste of turmeric in sesame or olive oil and apply it to swollen or inflamed areas of the skin.
10. Cayenne pepper
Cayenne pepper is anti-inflammatory and pain relieving. The natural antioxidants in cayenne can relieve swelling and pain of the skin.
11. Green tea
Drink 2-3 cups of decaffeinated green tea daily to relieve symptoms of inflammation and pain. Green tea also boosts the body’s natural immune system and provides a natural protection to the blood vessels.
12. Omega 3 essential fatty acids
Vasculitis patients can benefit from daily intake of Omega 3 Essential fatty acids (EFAs) found in fatty fish like salmon, walnuts, flaxseeds etc. These help fight inflammation and heal the skin. Fish oil supplements can also be used to get one’s daily recommended value of Omega 3 EFAs.
13. Grapeseed extract
Another anti-inflammatory herbal remedy for vasculitis is GSE or Grapeseed extract. GSE protects blood vessels making them more elastic.
14. Vasculitis and homeopathic treatment
Many homeopathic remedies can help vasculitis patients. Common remedies are Naturm Mur, Rhus Tox and Sepia. However, the exact dosage and remedy will vary on the type of vasculitis and medical history of the patient. Generally, patients respond well to homeopathic remedies within 2-3 weeks of starting the treatment.
15. Essential oils for vasculitis
Many essential oils can be used for curing inflammation that is a side effect of this condition. You can use Lavender, Chamomile, Rosemary or Frankincense for massage, bath oils or diffuse them to relax the senses. Do not consume any essential oil internally without first checking with a practitioner.
Vasculitis can be cured in most cases though in some patients it can lead to complications and lifelong misery. We hope these 15 home remedies help improve your quality of life.