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Natural Remedies to Treat Sjogren's Syndrome

Jul 23, 2016

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.

Remedies for Sjogren's Syndrome

Borage Oil  

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Posted by Mary (Denver, Colorado) on 01/22/2013
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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?
Replied by Nenae
Tulsa, Ok
I'm going to try the Borage Oil! I think it's going to help me too. I've been too long with dry mouth, and I believe it's going to help my other organs too. Thanks Mary from Denver.
Replied by Judy
Tampa, Fl
I use coconut oil, about a tablespoon just to hold in my mouth after brushing at night. I leave it in the length of taking my shower & then spit it out into the toilet. I started this months ago for general health of my mouth instead of chemical mouthwashes & the dentist says its doing well for my gums & I don't seem to be bothered by dry mouth much. Hope that helps.
Replied by Jayashrii
Nelson, New Zealand
Thank you Mary. I will try this.
Replied by Anna
Norwood, Pa
Swallow the coconut oil. It is a healthy fat source especially if you are a low fat diet. To combat dryness (eyes, mouth, vagina, skin), I have started drinking Goji juice (one ounce) twice a day. I am going to get Evening Primrose Oil and Borage Oil.
Replied by Grace
Oil pulling helped me. Oil pulling is where you swish an oil ( I use sesame oil or coconut oil) in your mouth for 15 minutes, then spit it out, and brush your teeth. I do it once a day.

Also, my salivary gland was enlarged maybe clogged, and putting a tea bag between cheek, and gum for few hours, seem to unclog it.

Replied by Kristen
Please do NOT swallow any oil that you've had in your mouth. It will be filled with bacteria, you want to spit it out, and rinse your mouth out. Just to clarify. Also, I tried oil pulling and it was very effective but my crown came loose, just fyi.

Castor Oil  

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

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Posted by Janine (Wellington , NZ) on 08/11/2008
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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?
Replied by Jayashrii
Nelson New Zealand
Thank you. From Jayashrii in Nelson NZ

Dietary Changes  

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Posted by Gokhals (Ca, US) on 12/29/2014 | 38 Posts
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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.

Replied by Danielle
Oceanside, Ca
I was hoping for a more detailed description of diet changes. I am trying to help my mom with this.
Replied by Mohan Kumar Nair
Navi, Mumbai
Can you please suggest us the treatment for this, as my wife diagnoses with this and under depression, your kind advise on better treatment and dietary are appreciable.
Replied by Edith
So, I've been drinking soy milk for about 2 years and first it was mouth, so dry that my mouth would stick together, and then about 8 months later my eyes are doing the same same thing?

Fish Oil  

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

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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.
Replied by Grace
I absolutely agree with you, the medical profession gives a set of symptoms a name that is it. Then they treat each of the symptoms . Like they did to IC then later researcher found out it might be something as simple as bacteria in the lining of bladder. Sjogrens, is caused by and new research indicates it might be bacterial or a virus. Get your viral load checked. I wondering if anyone has tried vitamin C IV's ?

Liver Flushes  

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Posted by Erica (Benton, Ky) on 09/13/2015
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I was diagnosed in 2008 with sjogrens. After 9 liver flushes (Andrea Moritz style) I did 6 in 08 and 3 here in 2015.) I had blood redrawn last month and my blood work came back NEGATIVE. The DR said he "could not medically explain this". I tried to explain the liver flushes... but just got a blank stare.

Fyi, I was also able to go off of my meds for hashimotos and am hoping one day to also rid my body of scleraderma morphea. I do not do any speacial diet or supplements, I go gluten free temporaraly if it starts bothering my stomach. But no other restrictions.

I have also done a parasite detox through hummaworm.


Replied by Hina
Houston, Texas
I am having sjogren syndromes and rheumatoid arthritis. I am having the worst time of my life, too much pain in muscles and joints can not do any work. I have dry eyes and difficulty in swallowing. Please help me. I don't want to use methatrixit. I want to treat it in natural way. Thank you.
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H: First read previous post on your condition here

Replied by Hina
Houston Taxes
How you did liver flush? Can you tell me the method I am having miserable life because of Sjogren's and rheumatoid arthritis. Please help me. May God bless you.
Replied by Robert Henry
Ten Mile, Tn.
HI U HINA, , , , , , , , , lived in Houston in '67 when starting up a new paper mill in Shelton, Tx.

For your liver flush, google coffee enema and follow the directions.

Wish you well. =====ORH======

Replied by Christian
Mt. Juliet, Tn
Hello. I am very encouraged by your post re: liver flushes and Sjogrens. Did you only do the flushes in 2008 and not again until 2015? How did you determine how many to do? Thank you for your help!
Replied by Aimee
Knoxville Tn
Thanks for sharing your info. Can I ask what /which liver flushed you did?

Mineral Water for Fatigue  

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Posted by Diane (California, US) on 01/19/2015
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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.
Replied by Jayashrii
Nelson, New Zealand
Great news. I bought a distiller & put my water through that. Fatigue has vastly improved but I hadn't connected the two. Thank you.
Replied by Karen
You should use distilled water for your son....Go on you tube and post distilled water and you will get all the information you need...I've never felt better in my life since drinking it and I was pretty sick and run down...All the best to you and your son...I believe you can buy distilled water from the supermarkets etc where you are.
Replied by Honey
Columbia, Sc
Are you still drinking the mineral water you have delivered?

Multiple Remedies  

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

Replied by Karen
You can buy distilled drinking water online and magnesium and bicarb water online ...Look on ebay too or google for a supplier near your area...Only use distilled drinking water..You can buy an inexpensive distiller on ebay and make your own...Both these waters will change your life and repair most ailments.
Replied by Erica
Benton, Ky
I have cured my sjogrens after doing a series of liver flushes (Andrea Moritz style). In 2008 I was diagnosed with sjogrens and a month ago I asked for the tests to be retaken. All results came back negative. Dr said he "can't medically explain it".

I hope this finds you well and brings you hope. sjogrens IS CURABLE! ( I have no other dietary restrictions or supplements )

Posted by Steenie (Florida) on 09/03/2013
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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.
Replied by Steenie
Eyebright is an herb that can be bought bulk or in tea bags, I buy it bulk and am back to using the tea in my eyes (don't recommend for some time after eye surgery) and it helps w/ my uveitis triggered by Sjogren's, specifically the posterior kind, it took this to relieve my body of the burden of the corticosteroids (it's anti inflammatory, the eyebright, nothing else I'd tried did this).

Nightshades are highly advised against w/ all arthritis/autoimmune diseases and you can test by removing and then adding them back in to see the difference (huge difference for me, even once Sjogren's was better, I still couldn't do nightshades): tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, potatoes (don't bother me as much, the others I can't eat at all), and a number of herbs. In fact, eyebright is, funny that I can't take it internally but I'm able to tolerate it w/o uveitis in my eyes.

In order to clean my liver and then the Sjogren's was knocked out which leads me to believe that medicine, in and of itself can prevent the healing of the Sjogren's as well as the uveitis (depends on the cause of the uveitis, but best to go as natural as possible).

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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?
Replied by Pj
Is the fish oil, etc.. still helping your Sjogren's symptoms? I've been taking fish oil, evening primrose oil, alternating vitamin E and Flaxseed Oil, Ginger and tumeric for 4 weeks now. Some improvement but still significant dry mouth, mucus in throat and dry eyes (but eyes not as bad). How long did it take before you reversed the Sjogren's? Also been on a gluten free diet for 3 weeks still no reversal. Impatient I suspect. Desperate people do desperate things and there is so much out there about Diet, Immune System, etc.. Paleo is so restrictive and I'm losing too much weight as it is already. Just wanted an update on how your Sjogren's dryness symptoms were responding to your supplement regiment .
Replied by Rsw
Uniontown, Oh
Hi PJ,

I was recently diagnosed with Sjogren's Syndrome, but because of the dry eyes and mouth from previous Sicca diagnosis, had been taking many of the same oils you mention. I don't think they were helping me. Then, as I was looking at some of Ted's comments (which I can't seem to find right now), he said the body can't handle all these oils, and even fish oil should be taken about twice a week only. He only uses coconut oil. I have stopped using the oils but remain confused by all this. Does anyone have a better understanding from Ted of what oils may not be good to take, which may be all of them except coconut oil? I think he advises Borax for Sjogren's. I also have high iron and had hoped the oil would stop my blood from sticking together. (Had Hep A, can't donate blood, and doc will only authorize phlebotomy if iron exceeds 100) Thanks everyone.

Replied by Candy
Clarkston, Wa
We found these natural supplements very helpful. You can find them on E-bay or Google where to get them. 1) CoQ10 (get the Ubiquinol form). 100 mg 2-3 times per day. Helps with dryness and heart palpatations. 2) Xylimelts (little mints that help your body create saliva). Put one on the roof of your mouth at bedtime. Flat side on the roof of your mouth and let dissolve. 3)Sugar-Free lemon drops. Helps moisten your mouth. 4) Krill Oil (it's not stinky like fish oil and does the same thing). Whatever amount you take divide the dose to 4 times per day.
Replied by Judy
I was wondering why you can't donate blood and how you know your blood is sticking together??
Replied by Rsw
Hi Judy,

I got severe Hep A in the 80's, most likely from eating contaminated food at a restaurant. Which one, I don't know for sure because it took about six weeks to show up. I will never be able to donate blood or organs because of this. High iron can lead to sticky blood and also damage organs, so if it gets too high, my doctor writes a prescription for a phlebotomy and I can give blood at a donation center, and it is is disposed. Some doctors think high iron is implicated in heart attacks so I try to watch my levels.

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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.
Replied by Kellie
5 out of 5 stars
I stumbled on this site, I have RA and now Sjogren's. I have been searching for natural relief. I will try GLA. I thought I was going crazy with RA and Menopause. I really want to stay away from RX.