Wegener’s Granulomatosis

We would suggest the following vitamins and supplements:

Help strengthen your immune system and reduce the risk of complications. They will help you cope with fatigue or stress and lower side effects, like bone loss, due to taking corticosteroids or other medications.

Calcium: If taking prednisone and steroids for a long period of time, interferes with bone density. 1000-1200mg per day.

Vitamin D: A deficiency takes a toll on the immune system, skeletal system and mental health. A daily dose of sunshine: Midday sun, minimal clothing, 20 minutes, no sunscreen. Supplement 800 IU per day.

Vitamin B’s: For fatigue and brain fog.

Apple cider vinegar: Helps to decrease digestive symptoms and alkalises the body by balancing the pH level within the digestive tract.

– Listed by Sharon Olivier, March 2021

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We would suggest the following supplements and herbs:

Anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial and astringent properties that support your immune system and lymphatic drainage.

Garlic: A good herb for all-round health including viral defence. Boosts the immune system response by stimulating protective immune cells, which may safeguard against viral infections. Antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral and antimicrobial. It destroys the enzymes in harmful pathogens. Simply chew a clove. *Supplements / Cooking*

Turmeric: Curcumin has blood-thinning properties. May also help improve the function of the lining of the blood vessels and improve its ability to regulate blood pressure and blood clotting. Use as a spice in cooking. Add it to some warm milk and add honey, drink it. Capsule and extract form is widely available.

Echinacea: Echinacea purpurea:  Impressive health-promoting properties. The flowers, roots and leaves are all used for natural remedies. Boosts the immune system and treats viral infections.

Calendula: Antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial properties.

Holy basil: Antiviral and immune-boosting properties.

Ashwagandha: An adaptogen that balances the energy between mind and body.

– Listed by Sharon Olivier, March 2021

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We would suggest the following anti-inflammatory diet:

Keep a dietary journal to make a note of which foods are most problematic for you.

  • Eat whole, unprocessed foods that are low in salt/sodium, especially if you have high blood pressure.
  • Increase the intake of electrolytes: potassium and magnesium: leafy green vegetables, broccoli, cabbage, banana, avo, sweet potato, almonds, yoghurt/kefir, black beans, coconut water or milk and pumpkin seeds.
  • If the vasculitis has caused diabetes, kidney or renal problems, check with your medical practitioner about dietary restrictions for carbs and sugar, protein and foods high in potassium as they can worsen kidney function and insulin production.

Avoid

  • Reduce foods difficult to digest: Gluten, sugar and conventional dairy products.
  • Avoid processed meats, raw seafood or undercooked meat. They can increase negative reactions in people with suppressed immune systems.
  • Reduce caffeine, sweetened beverages and alcohol which can all worsen digestive problems.

– Listed by Sharon Olivier, March 2021

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Exercise and rest – Moderate exercise like walking, stretching, cycling or swimming is best. Can help manage symptoms of joint pain and depression. Listen to your body. Be sure to get enough rest as well and sleep. 8 or more hours of sleep per night minimum is recommended. – Listed by Sharon Olivier, March 2021

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Essential Oils

We would suggest the following:

  • Ginger Essential Oil

Massage/Application – Buy a base oil: coconut, sweet almond, grape seed for example. If you have 20ml of base oil, add half the amount of Essential Oil drops. That would make it 10 drops. In this case, you will add about 6-10 drops of Ginger. Apply the blend over the body, as required. Especially effective after a bath.

Bath – Your skin is the most absorbent part of the body. The heat of the bath assists in the absorption. There are 2 ways to do this:

  1. Diffusing 5 drops (maximum) of Essential Oil into a teaspoon of milk. Or a cup, if you would like more of a Cleopatra style bath. Use 3 drops of Ginger and see how you go. Add Epsom salts.
  2. Or simply add 5ml of your massage blend.

Close all windows. Soak for 15-20 minutes minimum. Avoid splashing in the eyes.

** A patch test is required for application – 1 drop of aromatherapy oil to 4 drops of base oil. Apply a coin size amount to a patch of skin on the inner arm **

If sensitivity occurs, apply more base oil to soothe the area. Possibly avoid use for a further 10 days. If you wish to continue, dilute to ¼ of the original amount and test on a small area of skin. If there is no further reaction, continue with that dosage.

** Oils are for external use only and must be blended with a carrier oil. Always avoid the eyes, ears and nose ** 

 ** Ginger – Use low doses, a strong, warming oil. Avoid during pregnancy, HBP, Heart conditions, Cancer, Diabetes, Liver damage, Skin disorders/sensitivity. No sun direct sun exposure to any skin applications for 24hours **

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