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Conditions - Autoimmune Disease - Scleroderma

Patrick Massey MD, PhD  ALT-MED Medical and Physical Therapy, Elk Grove Village Il and serving the Chicago area
Scleroderma is a chronic autoimmune disease (primarily of the skin) characterized by thickening of tissues. There are two primary presentations:

Limited systemic sclerosis/scleroderma: involves the skin of the hands, arms and face.

Diffuse systemic sclerosis/scleroderma: can affect the skin and one or more internal organs, most oten involving the heart, lungs, kidneys and esophagus.

There is no cure for scleroderma. Traditional medical treatment focuses on relieving symptoms and suppressing the immune system but integrative medicine may have more to offer.

 Healthier patients do better - complementary and alternative therapies may help.
  • Proper nutrition, with select antioxidants may reduce symptoms   

  • Oriental medicine herbs may be beneficial for symptoms of scleroderma

  • Acupuncture can reduce pain and enhance function and range of motion. Electroacupuncture is especially beneficial 

  • Leaky gut syndrome (click here) may increase symptoms…ALT-MED approach to correcting leaky gut syndrome is very successful

  • Massage (click here) increases blood flow, relaxes tissues, reduces pain and increases function 

  • Select vitamins, dietary supplements and herbs can reduce inflammation and may improve immune function

  • Intravenous vitamins (click here) and antioxidants may be beneficial at reducing symptoms of scleroderma
Let us help you…call (847) 923-0046 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Massey

After experiencing sciatic pain on the left side, I had surgery to solve the problem. Shortly thereafter, I began to have sciatic pain down the other side. I assumed that surgery was necessary again. After beginning the (ALT-MED) program and doing the exercises for a couple of months, the pain was gone. I have been pain free for over six months.

- Joann Hensley
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