Are there alternative treatments for mixed connective tissue disease?

There are no proven alternative treatments for mixed connective tissue disease (MCTD). However, there are alternative therapies that help some people cope with symptoms similar to those of MCTD. In studies, people with many different kinds of pain have found relief from acupuncture, hypnosis, or relaxation techniques. Also, fish oil supplements seem to be effective in relieving joint pain, stiffness, and inflammation. Be sure to talk to your doctor if any of these alternative therapies interest you.

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Immune & Lymphatic System Disorders

The lymphatic system is a key part of the immune system, draining excess fluid from bodily tissues and organs and disseminating white blood cells to fight infection. The white blood cells fight infection in the spleen and special ...

vessels throughout the body called lymph nodes. If your immune system becomes compromised, the lymphatic system wont be able to work properly, causing swelling from a buildup of fluid in parts of the body. Disorders of the lymphatic system include elephantiasis, a swelling of body parts caused by a filarial worm infestation, and lymphedema, a swelling in the arms or legs caused by lymph nodes or lymph vessels disturbed by surgery for breast or prostate cancer. Medication, massage therapy and compression garments can help.

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