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I was wondering if there are things that we can do to help build up our immune system to help fight sarcoidosis in our bodies?

By Anonymous November 3, 2011 - 4:58am
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Hi Peggy,

Welcome back! Experts say, Although there is no evidence that any particular herb or supplement helps treat sarcoidosis, a comprehensive treatment plan may include complementary and alternative therapies. 

Herbs are generally a safe way to strengthen and tone the body's systems. As with any therapy, you should work with your health care provider to get your problem diagnosed before starting any treatment. You may use herbs as dried extracts (capsules, powders, teas), glycerites (glycerine extracts), or tinctures (alcohol extracts). Unless otherwise indicated, you should make teas with 1 tsp. herb per cup of hot water. Steep covered 5 - 10 minutes for leaf or flowers, and 10 - 20 minutes for roots. Drink 2 - 4 cups per day. You may use tinctures alone or in combination as noted.

Studies haven' t found any herbs that specifically treat sarcoidosis. However, the following herbs may help overall health. Talk to your doctor before taking any herb or supplement if you have sarcoidosis.

  • Turmeric (Curcuma longa) standardized extract, 300 mg three times a day, may help reduce inflammation. Turmeric may increase the risk of bleeding and interact with other medications, so ask your doctor before taking it.
  • Cat's claw (Uncaria tomentosa) standardized extract, 20 mg three times a day, may help reduce inflammation. People with leukemia should not take cat' s claw. Cat' s claw interacts with some medications, so ask your doctor before taking it.

Please don't forget to visit the link i previously posted, hope it helps.  Here it is again.


Best of luck,


November 5, 2011 - 4:36pm
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Hi Anon,

Welcome to EmpowHER and thanks for your question. About half of all people with sarcoidosis get better without needing treatment. For others, medications such as corticosteroids may help reduce swelling, rashes, pain, fever, and lung problems. Some lifestyle changes may help control complications, such as kidney stones or other damage. While complementary therapies for sarcoidosis have not been well studied, they may help you feel better as part of an overall treatment plan.

Quitting smoking can ease lung symptoms.

It's important to eat a healthy diet filled with fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.

Exercise regularly.

Here's a link that can help.


November 3, 2011 - 7:32am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

thank you for answering back...I am doing a lot of what you shared. I havn't smoked or drank for over 35 years...I do juicing and exercises..I guess I was wondering if there were any type of supplements that one could take to help build up the immune system along with a healthy diet..

November 5, 2011 - 12:50pm
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