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Natural Remedies to Treat Sjogren's Syndrome

Last Modified on Mar 11, 2015

What is Sjogren's Syndrome?

Sjogren's Syndrome is an autoimmune disorder (much like arthritis or lupus) that characteristically attacks the mucous membranes and results in symptoms of a dry mouth and dry, sore eyes. Typically, Sjogren's affects women more than men and emerges after 40 years of age.

If you have Sjogren's Syndrome you may experience additional symptoms such as fatigue, vaginal dryness, dry or rashy skin, and arthritic symptoms in the joints. A dry cough is also possible, and such symptoms will be the central focus of any natural treatment for Sjogren's, relieving the discomfort of its symptoms in anticipation that the condition itself will self-correct in time, as it often does.

Natural Cures for Sjogren's Syndrome

People with Sjogren's firstly should focus on hydration and lubrication, drinking plenty of water, using moisturizers, saline eye drops, humidifiers, and even chewing gum can help relieve symptoms.

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Borage Oil   1  0   

Posted by Mary (Denver, Colorado) on 01/22/2013

[YEA]  In response to Angela's post:

09/26/2008: Angela from Broomfield, CO: "A couple times a year I have a painful swelling of one of the parotid glands (main salivary gland) on either side of my face due to Sjogren`s syndrome. I have had this many times before and have never been able to stop the pain and swelling which usually lasts for 2 weeks...until now. I tried the castor oil heat pack the first night, leaving it on over night and woke up with no pain! The gland is still sore to the touch, but I have never experience such relief without the use of corticosteroids. I will continue to use this method from now on. I am a believer!"

Warm pack of castor oil for relief is good to know. I also suffered from inflamation of the salvary and parrotid glands. These glands become sore and enlarged because they do not have the right nutrients to manufacture saliva. Because they are depleted and still trying to work they become larger and painful. It is important to relieve these glands.

In 1985 when I first had the symptoms of Sjogrens with a vengence and found only topical drops for tears, saliva etc, it was apparent to me I needed to find out what was causing this in my body (female, 43 yrs). By luck I found a report serendititously offered at a symposeum by a doctor who reported that while he was not looking for relief for dry eyes among the fishing population which were his test subjects, that was their unamous report to him. He had been giving them an oil extracted from borage. I found borage oil at a small speciality store for vitamins and supplements. Within a few weeks of taking the oil pretty liberally my painfully eyes were relieved and the glands in my face became soft and pain free.

If is the gamma linoleic acid in the tasteless oil which my body needed. Its clear that while the precursors may be in my body, I did not have the ability to convert them into gamma linoleic acid. Once this was supplied the endocrine glands which secrete saliva and tears as well as many other glands such as the liver and pancreas, sweat and mucus in the lining of the reproductive tract, as well as the mamary glands functioned well. One terrific happy result was that the painful fibrous tissue in the breast became soft and pain free.

That been my experience and if it can help someone else be pain free that would give me great pleasure.


Replied by Steenie

Another source of GLA, Evening Primrose Oil, I hapsed upon it as it said something about 'menstrual help', and I seriously got a regular pharmacy brand, and I began to notice my dry eyes going back to normal (I wasn't sure if I was nuts or it was true, so I stopped... )... I'm about to restart, I empty out these gel caps (couldn't find a veg formula at my store)... There's actually a pub med study, look up pub med sjogren's and evening primrose oil (EPO)...
Replied by Ally
Simsbury Ct

Oh my gosh, Mary. I got dry mouth in the worst way. I am basically 47 and entering perimenopause. It has been the most miserable experience... Something we all take for granted but when your mouth is dry, it affects everything and causes such anxiety. I have always been more of a dry person anyway tho my eyes only slightly-mostly my allergy-laden nose. But little did I know the difference the borage oil seems to make for me. I'm taking in conjunction with flax and fish oils I'm hoping it is for real and keeping my fingers crossed! Thanks for your post. Hope it will help other people suffering too.
Replied by Margaret

Ally, how is that regimen helping?

Castor Oil   1  0   

Posted by Angela (Broomfield, CO) on 09/26/2008

[YEA]  A couple times a year I have a painful swelling of one of the parotid glands (main salivary gland) on either side of my face due to Sjogren`s syndrome. I have had this many times before and have never been able to stop the pain and swelling which usually lasts for 2 weeks...until now. I tried the castor oil heat pack the first night, leaving it on over night and woke up with no pain! The gland is still sore to the touch, but I have never experience such relief without the use of corticosteroids. I will continue to use this method from now on. I am a believer!

Collagen and Keratin Capsules   1  0   

Posted by Janine (Wellington , NZ) on 08/11/2008

[YEA]  I have been taking Collagen/Keratin capsules for 2 weeks. I started taking these as a possible cure for neck pain which i have suffered from for years. I developed Sjogrens syndrome 2 years ago as a result of a nasty virus I had. I have had the dry mouth which has affected the linings of my mouth and caused bad breath. In the last year I also had dry gritty eyes, and dry vagina. After two weeks on the collagen/keratin
capsules I now have saliva in my mouth! My eyes and vagina are improving with moisture too. And yes my Neck pain has practically dissappeared. Hope someone else might find this cure works for them too!!

Replied by Deb
Sherrard, Il

how many mg do you take and how may tablets is that. how long did it take before you had results? I was diganoised with sjogren's syndrome and would like to try a natural approach before using meds.
Replied by Jacquie
Wellington, New Zealand

Hi Janine, I'm a 46 year old Wellingtonian with exactly the same symptons as yourself. I also take Collagen for my neck problems and have the dry eye and mouth issue which causes bad breath and drives me crazy!! Could you tell me what collagen keratin capsules you take and if its still working for you 4 years later??
Replied by Denise
Mishawaka, In

I'm seeing a rheumatologist on Novemeber 5th and believe I could have sjogrens syndrome. I have the dry mouth symptoms exactly as you have stated and want to try a natural approach. I was wondering the same thing on how much you use and if it's daily? Please let us know how to take these so I can prevent taking prescription meds. Thanks :)
Replied by Andrew
Minneapolis, Mn

Hi my name is Andrew, how bad were your symptoms before the pills and how well have they worked? what dosage did you take?

Dietary Changes   1  0   

Posted by Gokhals (Ca, US) on 12/29/2014

[YEA]  Raw milk. A high fat (high quality Ghee, butter, lard, tallow) diet. Digestives such as kraut, kvass, acv, enzymes to enable you to digest proteins. Pesticide free food.

My Sjorgens Syndrome was cured from some combination of these.

Fish Oil   0  0   

Posted by Suza (Sydney, NSW, Australia) on 04/20/2009

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  I have Sjogrens syndrome, a mild version, but what has really helped me is taking a lot of ___ EPA & vitamin E fishoil as well as Nodic Cod liver oil, I can feel the difference when I dont take it, as my symptoms worsen.

I also feel that getting a neck massage helps my symptoms, I have a feeling that the neck seems to be linked to the sjogrens somehow , I have always had a sore neck too, but have been doing stretches that help. anyway give the ____ fish oil pills a go- I take 12 a day + 3 nordic cod liver oil pills
have been doing that for years and it seems to keep it under control.

General Feedback   0  0   

Posted by Francisca (Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France) on 08/28/2011

Hi Carie, I think that you didn't see my questions! Anyway, I am glad that despite being diagnosed with this horrible illness you seem to be doing very well! I don't know whether I have it or not but I will try to find out. I am now reading a book on the Dry Eye syndrome and what I read there about Sjogren's is really frightening! Another cause for my dry eyes could be that they don't close well during the night I will try to sleep with them covered tonight and see if it is better this way as they are mostly dry during the night.

As far as getting rid of the parasites, what did you do?

Replied by Florie
Texas, US

I think that saying "Sjogren's Sydrome" or worse yet "Disease" is the wrong way of looking at it. I think these names are given by doctors who don't know what to do, that's all.

Mineral Water for Fatigue   1  0   

Posted by Diane (California, US) on 01/19/2015

[YEA]  Has anyone has any success healing Sjogren's doing liver flushes? I have been hearing about this remedy from youtube vidoes from Andreas Moritz.

For fatigue, mine went almost completely away when I switched to drinking ONLY mineral water (not the sparkling kind). I get it delivered now. It's expensive, but I no longer have the horrible fatigue where I couldn't even stand to wash dishes or make it up the hill to where I park my car. After only 2 days of drinking only mineral water, it was all gone. My hip, shoulder, and foot pain also have no reappeared. it's been over 7 months now.

Replied by Mary
Los Angeles

Where do I buy this mineral water? Got a brand name? I have a very sick child that needs this. Thank you.

Multiple Remedies   0  0   

Posted by Claudia (Conifer, Co) on 02/10/2015

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  Hello Everyone! Thank you all for your comments, they are helpful and encouraging. I am a 61 YY female, and was diagnosed with Sjogrens last year after many years of suffering from fatigue and dryness in the eyes and mouth. But with this diagnoses I was at least pleased to know that these symptoms are related, and REAL (and not something in my head to be demised by doctors).

Anyway, I would like to share some of the things that I am doing that have given me some relief. I have been taking (daily) fish oil, potassium, and vitamins C and D.

I have also been drinking organic unfiltered apple cider vinegar mixed with raw unfiltered local honey (about a tablespoon of each mixed with 12 oz of water). I have noticed a difference in my energy level, as well as some relief from my dry mouth. (And, I am no longer on high blood pressure medication. But that's for another post.)

For the past 2 months I have used something that my ophthalmologist recommended: serum tears. These have been a real blessing. I had started off using OTC replacement tears, with dismal results - no relief. Nothing seemed to provide lubrication in my eyes, and each time I applied the artificial tears, my eyes were left burned and painful; I tried every brand on the shelves; nothing helped. (On a scale of 1-10, my tear production was tested to be a "1", so... hmm, my eyes are very dry).

Anyway, serum tears could be a natural alternative for someone with severe dry eyes. They are made from your own blood, so they are unique to each person. Several units of your blood are drawn, and the red blood cells are separated out, and then the clear (white) cells are mixed with a saline solution, and put into small eye droppers. The solution must be kept frozen until ready to use, and then when thawed it lasts only 30 days under refrigeration. But, I can honestly say, these have given me my life back. I still have dry eyes, but the serum tears give soothing relief, where nothing else did. The serum puts back MY OWN cells in to my eyes, where they are needed. Serum tears are not offered by every eye doctor... you may have to check around. They can be expensive - and they are not always covered by insurance (mine aren't). The science behind these drops is a couple decades old, but it may help some of you who have severe dry eyes as I do.

At night, I am use a simple, pure, organic coconut oil. This has been far better for me than any chemical gel or ointment for night relief. I scoop (with a sterile knife) a small amount of solid oil, and put it in to an empty dropper. Before bed, I run the base of the dropper under hot water for a minute, and then put a couple drops of the barely warmed oil directly into my eyes. Bliss. Coconut oil is naturally antibacterial and anti fungal, which seems more safe than some synthetic chemical based gels or ointments.

Blessing to you all - I hope that that my experience helps someone. There is hope out there.

Posted by Steenie (Florida) on 09/03/2013

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  One time, I did put my Sjogren's into "remission" for 6 years, actually... I started going back to the things which got me "into the mess" to begin w/...

First of all, mine came from having a toxemia as a child as well as a genetic predisposition... I had been food combining and vegan for years but I didn't find help until I got OFF the Prednisone eye drops I'd been doing for years for my Uveitis (I guess, I should tell others to work caution and check w/ a Naturpoath, uveitis is a serious condion, as well)... I actually tapered off of them as well as (diluted w/ distilled water and more over a period of a month), I had found the ultimately, Eyebright in the eye (would recommend, now, checking Weleda or a homeopath as the way I did it caused infection), but infection or not, the body was then able to heal... Also, around that time, I did a liver cleanse using only milk thistle tea with a juice fast over a period of time. I would also recommend that anyone with Sjogren's take out any nightshades from their diet or regime, sincerely, my uveitis would flare and I also didn't realize that tomatoes were a culprit, I knew I reacted to all other nightshades... I know that I have been successful w/ potatoes, but don't remember doing them around the time I got rid of it.

I got in a less clean environment and the Uveitis crept in some and began use in the eye of the Pred drops again (should've stuck w/ the eyebright, really)... But, thought I was "normal"... Many eye surgeries later, more Pred and not keeping up w/ the natural diet, doing more man made things (it's hard, you need the right nutrients when you have both these conditions, if vegan, you really need to supplement w/ a quality D3 and B12 supplement as well as having a great source of calcium)... and the Sjogren's came back... I'm going to try my former regimine and see how it goes, if that doesn't work, I'm moving where the air is cleaner. Hope this helps someone else! :)

Replied by Donna
Ontario, Canada

What is eyebright? I haven't been diagnosed yet, but I'm pretty sure I have Sjogren's Syndrome. I'm a Dental Hygienist, an I see patients with SS often enough, and dreaded that it would ever happen to me. I'm going on my second week straight of this agonizing dry eye and mouth issue. I'm going out of my mind. Still awaiting RA blood tests. I'm finding that chewing icecubes helps me stay hydrated but doesn't deplete the saliva from my mouth like water. What is night shade foods? I've doubled up on my omega 3's. This all started the night (of the day) that I started my liver cleanse that she put me on with other things( paricide, curcumin, probiotics, b12 with folic acid) I also had acupuncture done as well that day to increase my fertility, and I fell like all of that triggered this reaction. I'm desperate to get rid of it.

Sjogren Protocol   0  0   

Posted by Gwen (Cleveland, Ohio) on 09/28/2014

Everyone's comments have been incredibly helpful!

I'm a very active, lean, 56-year-old who was experiencing several Sjogren's symptoms for months and they were significantly debilitating -- dry mouth, dry eyes, lung soreness plus heart palpitations. I refuse to seek out the help of traditional doctors because of their reliance on chemical cures. I did, however, engage a Sports Nutritionist that came highly recommended by an active, lean colleague of mine, who is 57 years old. I'm mentioning my age and my colleague's age so women who are of the same "vintage" realize that there is post menopause hope as one's body changes. When I shared my symptoms with the Sports Nutritionalist he said "Have you been tested for Sjogren's?" He also said, "At a minimum, you should be consuming 3000 mg of high grade fish oil per day." I was consuming 1000 mg per day. Interesting.

I next went online, read your comments, and did the following: increased my fish oil soft gels consumption to 3000 mg per day (Carlson Norwegian Salmon Oil), started taking 2 Solgar Flaxseed Oil 1250 mg soft gels per day and started taking 2 Solgar Super GLA Borage Oil 300 mg soft gels per day. The next day, my dry eyes and dry mouth significantly improved! The day after, my eyes and mouth felt normal again. I am still experiencing lung soreness plus heart palpitations, but I have noticed slight improvement there as well. My thought is that it may take longer for the rest of my body to get "fully lubricated" once again. I truly believe that I'm on the right path, so I wanted to share my experiences in case it may help others. As a side note, my Sports Nutritionalist also told me to switch multi-vitamins -- moving from a tablet to soft gels because they are absorbed into your system whereas tablets can pass right through you. One of his clients was being x-rayed for some type of condition, and the doctor saw the multi-vitamin in the gentlemen's intestinal tract, e.g., it hadn't been absorbed into his system. I am going to make this change as well.

I would recommend that if you increase your oil intake, you make sure that you're not over-doing it by eating fatty foods. Too much fat could cause other problems. Eat healthy!

Replied by Prioris
Fl, US

You missed one of the most important oils for dryness problems. Look into Palmatoleic Acid or Omega 7. Primeval has 50% in their brand.
Replied by Gwen
Cleveland, Oh

For Prioris...thank you for your comment. I actually started taking Omega 7 Palmitoleic Acid 4'ish weeks ago, as recommended by my local health food store. I experienced no improvement -- no dry eye, dry mouth, sore lung and heart palpitation relief at all. We're all built differently, so while fish oil, flaxseed oil and borage oil worked perfectly for me, maybe Omega 7 might benefit others.
Replied by Prioris
Fl, US

Omega 7 is relatively new so appreciate hearing your feed back. It helps understanding its limitations. What dosage did you try per day and I assume you took it with fats for absorption.

Here is something on Sjogren's Syndrome. Sea Buckthorn HANDOUT.pdf

They used 3 grams of Sea Buckthorn Oil

It seems to help some people with that syndrome

Replied by Margaret

Are you still on this regimen? How's it going for you?

Sjogren's Syndrome Remedies   0  0   

Posted by Sandi (Portland, Ct) on 06/20/2013

I am 51, was diagnosed w/ Sjogrens about 6-7 yrs ago. The side effects of the medications have kept me saying no, but now my body needs help. The doctor is saying to take the Rx, but then I found this site. Looking for any help out there. We have one support group over 40 mins away, and it's too hard for me to get there. There is just so much info out there and I want to start something/anything that will help me feel better. I'm scared right now. I have never felt this bad. Exhausted, sleeping 14-16 hrs a day, brain fog to beat the band, cold most of the time, joint pain in feet/ankles/knees and back pain. Thank you for reading. Email me if you want to chat further. Sandi

Replied by Serena
Boston, Ma

Please try eating Sauerkraut! And by sauerkraut I mean RAW, unpasteurized, unheated sauerkraut - not the pasteurized kind you buy at regular supermarkets. Go to your local health food store or a small farmer's market or search on line for raw brands. Start slow - even at just taking 1 teaspoon and build up to like 1/2 cup 2 or 3 times a day. Search about the wonders of this food so rich in probiotics! I had oral thrush and dry eyes - and now both symptoms are relieved because of sauerkraut! It is a true miracle food - foods can heal!
Replied by Tina
Connecticut, US

Go vegetarian. It may be hard but it really works; I feel so much better. I am also on rx but it did not take away all my pain. I eventually will go vegan but small steps are ok with me!
Replied by Angela
Brasilia, Brazil

Lyme and co infections need to be considered as contributing to Sjogren's Syndrome - and certainly the common co infections of bartonella and babesia - which flip back and forth sometimes in prominence - can mimic some of these symptoms - persistent eye issues - in Bart's case conjunctivitis, brain fog, chronic tiredness, joint aches and pains. The inflammation indicates a need to calm or regulate the immune system. Garlic ( freezed dried) might help, and certainly Omega ( all of them, fish oil, primrose or borage, flax) - just take omega 3 and omega 6 at different times or they cancel the other out. Pomegranate juice daily, oregano oil, ginger juice ( w veg juice in centrifuge), probiotics ( rotate different types each night), and gluten and dairy free diet.
Replied by Sue

Thanks Angela! My Mom has confirmed Sjogren's and many symptoms which seem to be under decent control. Now I have them, too - we both have had multiple tick infections including Lyme and bartonella.


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