Scleroderma is a disease affecting the connective tissue. It is known as an autoimmune rheumatic disease. It is seen as a hardening, tightening and thickening of the skin. This leads to thicker patches of skin anywhere on the body and sometimes also inside the organs.
There is no medical consensus of opinion for the cause of Scleroderma but research suggests it could be genetic. Some studies do suggest there could be an environmental factor as a trigger for the genes. It is very likely that the relationship between environment and gene pool may explain most of the cases. Usually there is an acid-alkaline imbalance in the body which is a trigger for inflammation and low immunity and this attracts bacteria and fungus in the gut. It is possible that this triggers the genetic interaction in the tissues. Further studies need to be done to see if this is the case.
Symptoms of Scleroderma usually begin with appearance of a blue spot on the skin due to blocked capillaries caused by the thickening tissues. The colour change is accompanied often by an itchiness or a feeling of pain.
In more severe cases of scleroderma internal organs are affected due to the hardening of the tissues. This is called Systemic Sclerosis. It can affect the lungs, kidneys or even the heart. There can be blockages in the throat or gut and joint pain and stiffness. The lack of flexibility in the muscles of throat and gut can also cause further respiratory and digestion issues.
Treatment of Scleroderma is difficult but a good place to begin is to look at the inflammation levels of the body. See a competent therapist to assist in creating an acid-alkaline balance. This will lead to your inflammation levels dropping and the better functioning of your immune system as a whole. Drink plenty of water to flush out the liver and the bowel. It is also a good idea to take some natural supplements as advised by your naturopath to speed up the healing. Due to the pain and inflexibility of movement you may like to take up gentle exercise such as yoga or Tai Chi.
Since Scleroderma is an immunity disease the body must be treated as a whole – healing from all angles. The correct supplements, good food, gentle exercise, plenty of pure water, enough sleep all contribute to assisting with this disease and the earlier natural treatment begins the sooner you will be feeling better.