Last Modified on Sep 14, 2015
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.
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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[YEA] 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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[YEA] 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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