Dercums disease is a chronic condition that affects the adipose tissues of the body. This article will discuss dercums disease alternative treatments and herbs to help fight your dercum’s symptoms.
1. Homeopathic treatment
Homeopathic treatments can be good for dercums disease because they don’t contain any chemicals or drugs that can make the disease worse. The one thing that has made me very sick is the experimental medicine my doctors have put me thru. I react to almost all of them and become very sick.
To get the correct homeopathic treatment, I encourage you to see a therapist trained in homeopathic medicine.
2. Use herbs to fight inflammation
Dercums disease is a chronic condition, and there are few alternative treatments.
One of the most effective natural ways to fight dercums disease is through herbs such as ginger, turmeric, garlic, and cinnamon. If you would like my longer list of herbs that are scientifically researched, go to this post: Herb supplements that may help Dercums patients
Inflammation is a key part of dercums disease, and herbs like these can help ease your inflammation.
I have been using these herbs for many years, and I believe it to be some of the cause that I am not as sick as I should probably be after having this disease for maybe 15 years.
Ginger is used to fighting dercums in Ayurvedic medicine because it has anti-inflammatory properties that are much stronger than ibuprofen; this helps ward off dercum’s symptoms even if you’re not currently experiencing any.
I have a ginger drink from only ginger and lemons with a little stevia for taste (you really shouldn’t use sugar or light products as they are highly inflammatory). I give it a short boil and sieve it. This is a delicious drink that can substitute alcohol and most sour beverages.
Dercum’s can also be treated by herbal remedies like dandelion which has diuretic properties that can help flush the body from acids.
I put a leaf of dandelion in a smoothie as often as I can. This helps the taste not being overly bitter.
Some people buy dried dandelion root powder, but dandelions are all over my garden in Denmark, so I see no reason to spend money on it.
Fruits and vegetables
Almost all vegetables and fruits are anti-inflammatory, but make sure to examine how your own body reacts. I have a big case of IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) that is very common in dercums. And I can’t eat a lot of vegetables like leek, garlic, apples, and bananas.
Herb for externaly use
I know of people who mix olive oil with turmeric and rub it on the skin. I never did it myself, but maybe it will work for you? It is supposed to have a little pain-relieving effect. Expect yellow color that will rub off in your clothes!
I have used turmeric in soaps as a colorant. This works great but I do not feel any difference from using this soap.
3. Castor oil for dercums
You can purchase castor oil online or at your local drug store.
To apply the castor oil to the dercums area, gently massage a tablespoon of liquid castor oil to areas on the skin where the pain is felt for mild pain relief.
I have been using this, and I actually think it has a little effect. I made a rose-leaf extract with castor, and it smells so nice. I followed this recipe: Cold method oil infusion. Castor oil feels more greasy than other oils, but the skin absorbs it nicely.
Acupuncture has shown to be effective for my dercums disease, and I would recommend it to anyone.
Acupuncture is a form of alternative medicine that uses acupuncture needles at specific points on the body to help relieve pain in dercums disease patients.
Patients who have dercums disease often report feeling better after just one treatment. I certainly did, and after 6 treatments, my chronic back pain disappeared.
I get swelling in my face from time to time, and acupuncture helps me treat and prevent it.
I can also use acupuncture against stomach bloating and pain from IBS.
5. Transcutaneous Electrical Stimulation
Transcutaneous Electrical Stimulation has a known medical effect on dercums pain.
This alternative treatment is the process of delivering therapy to a patient for medical purposes through electric currents applied across an insulated surface, such as skin or muscle tissue (dermis). The stimulation can be either constant voltage with a variable frequency between pulse and steady-state, which has been shown in some studies to produce better clinical improvement.
Link to clinical study.
I use a teens program when my pain is bad and always get some relief from it.
6. Take a hot bath with epsom salts and lavender oil
Epsom salts and lavender oil have some benefits for dercums disease sufferers.
Epsom salts and lavender oil are easy to find, inexpensive, and used in traditional medicine since the 1800s. You should try it to see if it does anything for you.
The magnesium in epsom salt can help with symptoms such as muscle spasms and cramps, while the scent from lavender oil has calming effects.
7. Other “No stress” treatments
I believe that any method that keeps down stress is worth trying when having this disease. Find out what works best for you as each person is different.
Meditation, yoga, and very gentle exercise are all excellent options to find relief. Listen to soothing music or your favorite TV show can help you sleep and relaxation.
Also, healing like reiki healing can be helpful to some sufferers.
8. Mind you diet!
I believe the diet to be the most effective alternative treatment of all treatments for dercums. I have written about this here: What to eat for decums
The number one thing to do if you get diagnosed with dercums is to start minding your diet. This can change your life for the better. But I know it is hard work so you better seak some support. Not everybody has the best effect from my diet. Maybe you will benefit more from a carnivore, keto, anti-inflammatory, or the Wahls protocol diet?