"Vasculitis is an inflammation of your blood vessels. Also called angiitis, vasculitis causes changes in the walls of your blood vessels, including thickening, weakening, narrowing and scarring. Inflammation can be short-term (acute) or long-term (chronic) and can be so severe that the tissues and organs supplied by the affected vessels don't get enough blood. The shortage of blood can result in organ and tissue damage, even death." Mayo Clinic
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07/22/2012: Lorna from Beaverton, Or, Usa: "I have Churg Strauss Vasculitis, I've been on oral Prednisone for 10 yrs or so and am having a lot of trouble with supressed thyroid and adrenal function. I would be interested to know if anyone has had any success in treating this, and in getting off of medications?"Replies
09/22/2012: Jay from Germantown, Ohio replies: "dong quai is an herbal alternative to prednisone."
09/22/2012: Jay from Germantown, Ohio, Usa replies: "Dong quai is herbal alternative to prednisone search for this article, herbal alternatives to prednisone on ehow good luck."
10/31/2012: Jamie from Hoffman Estates, Il replies: "I also have Churg Strauss, I am a nurse and I work for an Internal Medicine practice. The physician I work for has recommended increasing my zinc and copper intake through supplementation to help with my CSS symptoms. I have chose to stop taking prednisone, and methotrexate because of the side effects. I am currenty doing well. I am 30 and in Stage 3 but since stopping the prescriptions and going all natural I feel much better. I recommend speaking to your Rheumatologist or PCP if you are interested in treating yourself naturally."
05/23/2009: Val from NY, NY: "I have vasculitis of the capillaries on my legs & arms. What natural treatments do you recommend?"Replies
10/25/2009: Anniesummer from Denver, Co replies: "I also suffer from a form of vasculitis called Cryoglobulinemia. Rash on lower legs, numbness of feet, Raynaud's in hands. The biggest help to my symptoms, especially the rash, has been a supplement called Pycnogenol, which is an extract of french maritime pine bark. I read of the studies that showed great success in strengthening cell walls in a book called The Inflammation Syndrome by Jack Challam. I take 100 mg 2xdaily. I noticed a difference in about 2-3 weeks, and now rarely suffer from the rash (and it was pretty bad at times).
I hope this helps. The other things I take are fish oil and vitamin E, which are all good for the circulation. And dont forget how important exercise is. I read a while back about a study where vessels that had been severed in mice rerouted themselves and restored the blood flow to normal levels with regular workouts on the treadmill. So keep moving!"
11/10/2009: Val from Ny, Ny replies: "Thank you Annie! Much Appreciated! Val"
02/01/2011: Jaspersmom from Bassano, Ab, Canada replies: "Thank you I will try that. I already use the fish oil but am up to try anything new at this stage. Also wondering if you suffer from an auto immune disease other than vasculitis?"
03/13/2011: Lisa09calgary from Kelowna, B.c. replies: "Does anyone have remedies for Sjogren's Syndrome combined with vasculitis?"
04/18/2012: Hope from West Coast, Ca, Usa replies: "Vasculitis with pernio or chilblains (rash when warm after cold)- zyfla mend has helped me with energy that is zapped from the vasculitis. I do take a heart medication, but am looking for additional solutions that are natural. I also have Sjogren's Syndrome Primary. Best to you all!"
07/25/2012: Christine from Whitby, North Yorkshire, England replies: "I have been told by GP that the rash which occurs after severe stress on the skin graft on my lower left leg is Vasculitis? However it has been very much worse & extending beyond the graft to normal tissue of the leg & very painful. For the third time in 6 months, a blood vessel has ruptured in my left eye but this time, the whole 'white' of the eye is solid dark red. (My daughter told me I look like something out of a horror movie)Right eye ruptured once in same 6 month period.
Is this related to the Vasculitis?
I have thyroid disorder. Radio-iodine treated in December 2011. Been on Neo-mercazole for 9 years but told have advanced Graves disease which has been undiagnosed most of my life, (60 yrs).
Any advice or help would be appreciated. I prefer natural remedies where possible. Had bad reaction to Prednisone last year."
08/28/2012: Karen from Gainesville, Fl replies: "Do not take Pycnogenol if you have an autoimmune disorder. It strengthens the immune system which would make your disease worse."
12/26/2012: Caessence from Eureka, California replies: "You migh try looking into thyroid supplementation and iodine. I was reading about thyroid having an effect on cardio vascular system and related to heart disease."