Effective Sarcoidosis Treatments to Try

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  • Treating sarcoidosis doesn't mean you have to depend on risky treatments. The good news though, is that some patients do not need treatment, since the condition can go away on its own, usually in a few months or years
  • Learn about the effective ways to treat sarcoidosis, and the conventional methods you should stay away from

Unfortunately, no known cure for sarcoidosis has been determined. The good news, though, is that some patients do not need treatment, since the condition can go away on its own, usually in a few months or years.1 Learn about the effective ways to treat sarcoidosis, and the conventional methods you should stay away from.

Don’t Select These Medicines at All

Most sarcoidosis patients are initially prescribed prednisolone tablets. This is a major red flag, since prednisolone is a steroid that may cause side effects like weight gain and mood swings, especially in high doses.

It’s also linked to osteoporosis (weakening of the bones) if taken for a long period of time, and a higher possibility for complications like kidney stones.2 Other medicines sarcoidosis patients must avoid include:3

Corticosteroids:4 Oral or inhaled corticosteroids are linked to high blood pressure levels, problems with mood, memory or behavior, psychological effects, weight gain, infections and development of acne and red skin lesions.

Hydroxychloroquine (plaquenil):5 In the first place, hydroxychloroquine is used to either treat or prevent malaria, a disease wherein parasites enter the body via a mosquito bite. This is a far cry from the nature of sarcoidosis.

Hydroxychloroquine is known to cause headaches, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, weight loss, muscle weakness, blurred vision, light sensitivity or seizures.

Immune system-suppressing drugs like methotrexate (Trexall) and azathioprine (Azasan or Imuran):6,7 Both medicines are linked to harmful complications.

Methotrexate can induce dizziness, headaches, reduced appetite, blurred visions, seizures or confusion. Life-threatening side effects such as a decrease in the amount of bone marrow-produced blood cells, damage to liver, lungs or lining of the mouth, stomach or intestines and/or a higher risk of developing lymphoma, may also happen.

Azathioprine may cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, muscle pain, fever and weakness. There’s also a higher risk of developing skin cancer, lymphoma or hepatosplenic T-cell lymphoma (usually among teenage or young adult males) and/or a decrease in the amount of blood cells in the bone marrow.

Tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha) inhibitors:8 These medicines can trigger injection site reactions (a localized rash with burning or itching), or lead to a higher risk of infections, skin cancer or lymphoma.

Try These Natural Remedies for Sarcoidosis Instead

Treating sarcoidosis doesn't mean you have to depend on risky treatments. Why not opt for natural methods to ease pain and help relieve the disease? Some examples include:9,10 Before taking any omega-3 supplement, seek advice from a physician because these can lead to a high bleeding risk especially if you’re already taking blood thinners.

Goldenseal can also remove toxins from the blood. Unfortunately, pregnant women must not use goldenseal as sarcoidosis treatment.

Turmeric (Curcuma longa): This is an anti-inflammatory spice with many health benefits. However, consult a physician first before taking a dosage since turmeric could increase bleeding risk and interact with other medicines.

Bromelain: A combination of enzymes from pineapples, bromelain may reduce inflammation. Just like turmeric, it can raise your risk for bleeding and interact with medicines, so talk to a physician first before taking it.

Probiotic supplement containing the strain Lactobacillus acidophilus: According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, a supplement with 5 to 10 billion colony forming units (CFUs) daily can help sarcoidosis patients

Taking a high-quality probiotic supplement will increase the number of good bacteria in your gut and maintain good gastrointestinal health, potentially leading to improved well-being.

Omega-3 fatty acids: Eating omega-3 rich foods like sardines, anchovies, wild-caught Alaskan salmon or Menhaden11 (a herring variety that’s usually low in contaminants), or taking omega-3 supplements may reduce body inflammation.

Chamomile: This herb has two anti-inflammatory compounds: alpha-bisabolol and chamazulene. Try using fresh or dried flowers to treat sarcoidosis.

Goldenseal: The plant’s root is typically used for medicinal purposes, such as in helping with revitalization and nourishment of lymphatic fluid.

Aloe Vera: Patients can enhance their immune system and relieve sarcoidosis symptoms by mixing dried aloe vera powder in a cup of water.

St. John’s Wort: Sarcoidosis patients can use St. John’s Wort since it can boost natural production of melatonin in the body, which is useful for treating sarcoidosis.

Licorice: Apart from relieving inflammation, licorice assists in removing mucus from the lungs. However, this isn’t recommended for pregnant and lactating women.


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