Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes

Plant-based, alternative Ehlers-Danlos syndromes treatment

The term Ehlers-Danlos syndrome encompasses 13 serious and rare connective tissue conditions, with the most common being hypermobile EDS (hEDS), classical EDS, vascular EDS and kyphoscoliotic EDS. Because these conditions are so rare, in the UK there is no specific treatment used to manage symptoms. However, recently, natural, plant-based products have emerged as an alternative option for managing EDS related pain and insomnia, when other traditional approaches have proven unsuccessful.

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Disclaimer: The availability of consultations for Ehlers-Danlos syndromes depends on the availability of our specialist doctors. We encourage you to consult with our patient support team to determine if this treatment option is currently available.

Number 1

Condition treated with plant-based products in the UK is chronic pain.

90%

Of patients with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome experience chronic pain.

68%

Of UK adults would consider alternative, natural treatments.

1 in 2500

Around 1 in 2500, to 1 to 5000, are affected by EDS around the world

Symptoms

Joint or muscle pain

Clicky joints

Increased range of joint movement

Fragile or stretchy skin

Fatigue

Dizziness

Digestive problems/concerns

If you are suffering from any of these symptoms. Please speak with your GP to find out more.

Treatment options:

It's very hard to diagnose Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, and there are no tests to confirm whether a person has EDS or not. Unfortunately, there are also no specific treatments to cure EDS, but its symptoms can be treated with a number of different medications, or approaches involving strengthening exercises such as occupational therapy and physiotherapy.

Long acting muscle relaxants

Anti-depressants

SSRIs

Benzodiazepine

Opioids

Anti-emetics

Tryptans

Find out if you may be eligible for EDS plant-based treatments here
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A word from our specialist

“Many conditions that lead to chronic pain often respond poorly to conventional pharmaceutical medications. More and more is being understood about how the endocannabinoid system interacts with the more well-known pain pathways to work synergistically with these conventional medications. Chronic pain comes with a variety of associated symptoms such as poor sleep, fatigue, brain fog and reduced appetite – all of which treatment with medical cannabis can improve.“
Dr David Tang

Clinic Director

Can plant-based treatments help Ehlers-Danlos syndrome symptom management?

Unfortunately, for patients with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, there are very few clinical trials that investigate how patients with the condition respond to specific treatments, and natural, plant-based treatments are no different. 

Although there is currently no evidence available from clinical trials investigating EDS patients and their response to natural alternatives, there are a number of studies that investigate the effects of plant-based treatments on some of the common symptoms of EDS, like insomnia, pain, and bowel or gut-related concerns, which have shown promising results. 

It’s believed that natural compounds can work in a multifaceted way, targeting a number of ‘concerns’ or ‘issues’ at the same time. When plant-based compounds enter the body, they can enter a system called the endocannabinoid system. This system is responsible for regulating a number of biological responses, including some of the common Ehlers-Danlos syndrome symptoms previously mentioned. 

Our specialist team can recommend natural, plan-based treatments to UK-based patients who have been struggling to manage their EDS symptoms with conventional options, and are here to support them through this journey. To find out if this course of treatment could be suitable for you, fill out our free online eligibility checker today. 

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