Jul 07, 2016
Treatment of reflex sympathetic dystrophy ranges from natural supplements to dietary changes. Supplements that naturally block pain and reduce inflammation are effective for treating the condition. Likewise, dietary changes that reduce inflammation and eliminate trigger foods offer relief.
What is Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy?
Also known as complex regional pain syndrome, reflex sympathetic dystrophy is a rare disorder of the sympathetic nervous system. The condition is characterized by severe, chronic pain that often begins in the arm, fingers or palm of the hand and radiates outward through the body.
While the exact cause of the condition is not understood, it is believed that the condition is caused by excessive or abnormal responses of portions of the sympathetic nervous system. While the condition begins as chronic, radiating pain, additional symptoms include welling or inflammation, skin sensitivity, perspiration and fever.
Natural Treatments for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
Treating complex regional pain syndrome involves methods to reduce inflammation and regulate pain. Natural options include nutritional supplements such as apple cider vinegar and turmeric. Dietary changes are also an effective treatment option for reducing pain.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar functions in two ways to relieve the pain associated with the condition. The tonic is a known anti-inflammatory compound that alkalizes the body and reduces pain. Apple cider vinegar also serves as a cleanser that eliminates fungus and other toxins that may be attacking the nerves and nervous system.
Turmeric functions as a natural pain reliever. The spice is rich in curcumin, which has anti-inflammatory properties. When taken daily, the compound offers relief from pain and natural reduces inflammation.
A number of foods contribute to inflammation and chronic pain. Changing the diet to avoid these inflammation-causing foods can be an effective step in treating the condition. A balanced diet should include mainly raw, organic fruits and vegetables and eliminate artificial sweeteners, sugar and flour.
Reflex sympathetic dystrophy is a condition characterized by chronic, severe pain. While the condition is not entirely understood at this time, many natural treatment options offer relief from the condition. Nutritional supplements as well as dietary changes are among the most effective treatment options.
Remedies for Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
Could someone please tell me if they have successfully treated RSD with natural remedies alone? I appear to be in the first stages of this disease and everything I read says that early diagnoses and treatment are critical. However I am learning that the typical way the medical profession treats RSD can cause it to rapidly become worse rather than better. Is anyone treating this on their own and been successful, and for how long have you had RSD? Also, I cannot take any acidic remedies as my system cannot tolerate them. ACV does not work well for me. Thank you for any help.
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Posted by Floyd (Fort Worth, TX) on 05/09/2006
Heinz apple cider vinegar cured my High Blood Sugar, Weak Muscle Tone, Burning/Tired Eyes, R.S.D. burning & pain in both feet. I have had reflex sympthetic dystrophy in both feet for 8Yrs. No burning, vry litle pain now. Blood sugar Averaged 200/ past ten years. Highest in last 4 Wks: 151. My eyes aren't tired or watering any more. One month ago, when I flexed my muscle on one arm, I could mash it nearly flat with my other hand. I turned 65 Years Old on the first of this month, I feel more like 40, or 45 Yrs. for the last 2 or 3 weeks.
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Posted by Susan (Blue Ridge Mountains, Virginia) on 03/17/2009
Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy:
I have RSD in both feet for 3 years, at least.
These things have helped me:
1. chiropractor but not too often.....once or twice a week. I have a degenerating disk that pushes on my nerves. When this happens, tingling and burning is the result.
2. never eating neuro toxins such as Splenda, Aspartame and MSG. If I eat MSG or Aspartame, my feet will swell, burn and have stabbing pains for 48 hours. Splenda will exacerbate the above and last for 1 to 2 weeks.
3. When I went on the Phase I diet I achieved dramatic, positive results and lost 60 pounds.
4. ACV kills fungus. Fungus can attack our nerves. The antifungal diet and herbal anti-fungals have made my RSD much less severe.
For the Phase I diet, go here: (it is the second question)
Quinoa (keen-wa) was also added recently.
The next thing I plan on trying is shark cartiledge to rebuild the disk. This disk is right where the nerves that control blood flow to the feet are.
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Posted by Angel (Michigan) on 02/11/2016
I've had RSD (reflex sympathetic dystrophy) for almost 12 years, and have gone through the standard treatments of blocks and medication. I'm thankful that I have a level of pain that is usually tolerable.
However I do have intermittent flare-ups of severe pain, and if I injure myself I always run the risk of a severe situation.
I don't believe there is a cure, as any injury can trigger the Neuropathic response that causes the pain. But I came across information on Tamanu Oil completely by accident while researching a remedy for a skin issue. Lo and behold, the article I read said it has been used for leprosy pain which is a type of nerve pain, and was very helpful.
So, when my next flare up came, I applied the oil- just enough to cover the painful area and a bit around it, and to my surprise the pain completely stopped within 10 minutes!!! I usually would use a Lidocaine patch for those episodes, but this was just as effective and zero side effects.
My mother has also used it for stabbing pain that she has occasionally, as well as for joint pain. She was very impressed as well.
With my original injury, I was not improving and was possibly facing a lifetime of agony when I contacted a holistic doctor. He told me to use DMSO liquid three times a day (prescription is best- it's more pure). At that time it was a life saver, it worked very quickly and allowed me to walk again and to return to work.
The Tamanu oil is easier because I can get it at a local health store or online, vs. calling a doctor. I recommend both products. The only reason not to use Tamanu is if you have a nut allergy, as it is a nut from inside a fruit (pretty sure about that).
NAC is also very important for RSD especially for a recent diagnosis/ initial symptoms. Vitamin C has been shown to be a preventative, so if you currently have it, it wouldn't hurt to take it regularly.
If this helps even one person, I'm glad to write this long post :)
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