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Raynaud's disease

Raynaud's disease is a condition when the fingers, toes, nose tip or ears become cold and numb. Besides coldness and numbness, you may also notice that the color of these parts of the body is changed and you may experience tingling or burning sensation. The cause of Raynaud's disease is narrowing of the blood vessels which then cannot supply enough blood to your fingers, toes, nose or ears. Raynaud's disease can be triggered by cold temperatures or stress. Certain disorders and diseases can also cause Raynaud's disease, such as scleroderma, arthritis, lupus or blood vessels diseases. There are other factors which can increase the risk of Raynaud's disease. Such factors include smoking, exposure to chemicals, injury or medications.

Homeopathic Remedies

There are a number of homeopathic remedies which can help you deal with Raynaud's disease. Arsenicum is a homeopathic remedy which is recommended for people who experience cold sensation, followed by burning, itchiness and swelling. If you are restless and you do not tolerate cold very well, Arsenicum is the best remedy for you. Another homeopathic remedy is Carbo veg. This remedy is for people whose skin turns pale or red. Other symptoms include cramps in fingers or toes, and weakness or numbness.

Chelidonium is recommended for additional symptoms of Raynaud's disease, such as headache, and pain in the neck or shoulders. Hepar sulf. is for people who are sensitive to cold and who are insecure and easily irritated. Sepia is a remedy which is excellent for persistent symptoms, followed by tiredness or constipation. Another homeopathic remedy is Veratrum album which is recommended in cases when the skin becomes pale or blue, or very cold. Other symptoms which occur are chills, cramps, vomiting and diarrhea.

Natural Remedies

You can also use some natural remedies for Raynaud's disease. Such remedies include ginkgo biloba, evening primrose oil and fish oil. You should also take supplements, especially magnesium, vitamin E, and inositol hexaniacinate.

You may take more than one treatment at a time, however it is best to only start taking one new one at a time in order to be able to identify whether it works. There is limited research into these treatments, however many people do find them to be effective for Raynaud's phenomenon:
  • Gamolenic Acid (GLA) approx 320mg daily.
  • Gingko biloba up to 240mg daily in three doses. Some people find that this produces a significant reduction in their Raynaud's symptoms.
  • Ginger 2000mg – 4000mg daily.
  • Hawthorn, cayenne, magnesium, horse chestnut, dong quai, and prickly ash are also often used for treatment of circulation problems and some people report benefits in Raynaud's phenomenon. You should speak to a complementary therapy specialist for advice on dose. Ginger extracts are available over the counter in pharmacies in the form of capsules and oil.
  • All the above treatments should be avoided if you are taking warfarin or other blood-thinning treatments.
✓ Fact confirmed: Natural and over the counter complimentary medicine Scleroderma & Raynaud’s UK; 31. mar 2021.


In order to prevent the symptoms of Raynaud's disease you should keep the hands, feet and ears warm in cold weather. Always wear gloves, warm boots, scarf and hat when you go outside. Also make sure that you are warm enough when you are inside. It is recommended to do regular exercises because they will promote your blood flow and improve your overall health. You should avoid cigarettes and coffee since they can increase the risk of Raynaud's disease. You should also try to avoid stressful situations as much as you can.

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