Last Modified on Jun 18, 2014
As many autoimmune disorders, Behcet’s disease is difficult to treat and even fairly complicated to define. Nonetheless, several natural remedies can be used to support the immune system and limit the debilitating effects of the condition. Apple cider vinegar, omega-3 fats, and vitamin C can help with symptom management.
What Is Behcet’s Disease?
Behcet’s disease or Behcet’s syndrome is considered a rare form of arthritis. The condition causes inflammation in the blood vessels throughout your body and often leads to a myriad of symptoms that seem initially unrelated.
Symptoms of the disease include mouth sores, eye inflammation, skin rashes and lesions, and even genital sores. However, the symptoms can vary greatly from person to person and may even come and go on their own. As the condition progresses, you may also experience joint swelling, inflammation in your veins and arteries, digestive issues, and neurological issues caused by inflammation in your brain and nervous system.
How Is Behcet’s Syndrome Treated?
As there is currently no cure for the condition, treatment focuses on limiting the symptoms of the disease. Depending on the severity of your condition, your doctor may prescribe skin creams or ointments, mouth rinses, and eye drops to help alleviate these surface level issues. Likewise, you may benefit from corticosteroids or immune suppressant medication to limit inflammation in your body.
Do Natural Remedies Work for Behcet’s?
Additionally, natural remedies can help mediate some of the symptoms you may experience. Apple cider vinegar, omega-3 fats, and vitamin C are effective nutritional supplements that help manage the symptoms associated with this condition.
1. Apple Cider Vinegar
Taken daily as a tonic, ACV helps keep your system pH balanced and increases energy. It also supports immune health.
2. Omega-3 Fats
Omega-3 fats such as fish oil help treat inflammation in the body and reduce pain.
3. Vitamin C
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant. This nutrient helps support the immune system and eliminates free radicals and other agents that cause illness.
While there is no cure for this condition, these natural remedies paired with medical supervision and treatment can help prevent further progression of your condition and relieve some of the symptoms you may be experiencing. Continue reading below for more natural remedy suggestions from Earth Clinic readers!
09/04/2009: Luis from Cali, Colombia: "Dear Fellows:
I have a brilliant young female student in my class at the university who is suffering a strong attack of Behcet disease. I would like to know in anyone of you has experiences or knows about alternative treatments and therapies for this ailment, apparently incurable and potencially dangerous. Her life is miserable at this time.
Thank you for your answers. Below you will find a description of Behcet disease.
"Behcet's disease is common in the Middle East, Asia, and Japan. It is rare in the United States. In Middle Eastern and Asian countries, the disease affects more men than women. In the United States, it affects more women than men. Behcet's disease tends to develop in people in their 20's or 30's, but people of all ages can develop this disease. Behcet's disease is an autoimmune disease that results from damage to blood vessels throughout the body, particularly veins. In an autoimmune disease, the immune system attacks and harms the bodies' own tissues. The exact cause of Behcet's disease is unknown. Most symptoms of the disease are caused by vasculitis (an inflammation of the blood vessels). Inflammation is a characteristic reaction of the body to injury or disease and is marked by four signs: swelling, redness, heat, and pain. Doctors think that an autoimmune reaction may cause the blood vessels to become inflamed, but they do not know what triggers this reaction. Under normal conditions, the immune system protects the body from diseases and infections by killing harmful "foreign" substances, such as germs, that enter the body. In an autoimmune reaction, the immune system mistakenly attacks and harms the body's own tissues. BehÃ§et's disease is not contagious; it is not spread from one person to another. Behcet's disease affects each person differently. The four most common symptoms (as listed) are mouth sores, genital sores, inflammation inside of the eye, and skin problems. Inflammation inside of the eye (uveitis, retinitis, and iritis) occurs in more that half of those with BehÃ§et's disease and can cause blurred vision, pain, and redness. Other symptoms may include arthritis, blood clots, and inflammation in the central nervous system and digestive organs."