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Medic for Lupus

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Note: Do consult your doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment of this condition. Use home remedies just as an adjunct treatment.

Lupus is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks the body’s tissues as it cannot distinguish its own tissues from foreign invaders. This disease occurs more commonly in women than men.

The most common type of lupus is systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). The exact cause of this disease is not known, but experts believe it is usually a combination of genetics and environmental factors. Plus, chronic infections, stress, certain medications and even sunlight can trigger lupus.

Lupus is an illness with many faces as it can involve all the body’s organs including the heart, lungs, kidneys, blood vessels, brain, joints and skin.

Thus, it can cause a variety of symptoms like fatigue, joint pain, swelling, muscle pain, low-grade fever, enlarged lymph nodes, chest pain, shortness of breath, fluid retention, headaches, photosensitivity and a butterfly-shaped rash across the cheeks and nose.

The symptoms tend to come and go. They can vary from person to person and may even change over time. Lupus can also cause life-threatening complications like cardiovascular disease and kidney problems in some people.

Diagnosing lupus is difficult because no single test can definitively diagnose it. Moreover, there is no cure. Treatment aims to control symptoms like pain and fatigue, reduce inflammation, prevent flare-ups and minimize organ damage.

Most people with lupus can live a normal life. Early diagnosis and prompt treatment are key. Rheumatologists are specifically trained to treat this disease. Plus, you can try some natural remedies to relieve symptoms and reduce the frequency of flare-ups. Most of the remedies can be used as needed.

home remedies for lupus

Here are the top 10 home remedies for lupus.

1. Turmeric

The active ingredient curcumin in turmeric has been found to be effective in the prevention as well as treatment of inflammatory autoimmune diseases including lupus.

According to a 2012 study published in the Journal of Renal Nutrition, turmeric can help reduce proteinuria, hematuria and systolic blood pressure in patients suffering from relapsing or refractory lupus nephritis.

Turmeric milk remedy for lupus

  • Use turmeric in your daily diet. Drinking turmeric milk is a great option. To prepare it, add 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder to 1 cup of milk and boil it. Sweeten it with a little raw honey and drink it once or twice daily.
  • Another option is to take this herb in supplement form after consulting your doctor. The general recommendation is 400 to 600 mg, 3 times a day.

Note: Turmeric may not be suitable for those suffering from gallbladder problems. Plus, it may act like a blood-thinner.

2. Ginger

Ginger is another wonder spice useful in treating lupus with arthritic symptoms. It has potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that help relieve joint pain and swelling.

  • Include ginger in your diet by using it in your cooking. You can also juice a 1-inch piece of fresh ginger root and add it to fresh fruit and vegetable juices.
  • Another option is to take ginger supplements. For proper dosage and suitability, consult your doctor.

3. Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Some small studies have found that the eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) in omega-3 fatty acids can help improve lupus symptoms, thanks to their anti-inflammatory effects.

A 2008 study published in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases found that study participants who took 3 grams of omega-3 fish oil supplements containing 1,200 mg DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and 1,800 mg EPA daily for six months showed improvement in their lupus symptoms compared to the placebo group.

They also showed improvement in their blood flow and blood vessel function. This indicates that fish oil can also exhibit potential cardioprotective effects.

  • Include foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids in your diet. Some such foods are cold-water fish like salmon, sardines, mackerel, tuna and herring; ground flaxseeds; chia seeds; and walnuts.
  • You can also take fish oil supplements after consulting your doctor.

4. Probiotics

Probiotics are beneficial gut bacteria that play an important role in the immune system development. They help extend the length of lupus remission and reduce flare-up frequency.

According to a 2009 study published in The Journal of Immunology, probiotic lactobacilli can help control the development and progression of lupus through the induction of regulatory cells and production of IL-10, a cytokine with anti-inflammatory properties.

  • Eat cultured and fermented foods like yogurt with live cultures, acidophilus milk, kefir, miso, tempeh and sauerkraut as they are rich in probiotics.
  • You can also take probiotic supplements after consulting your doctor.

5. Exercise

Exercise plays an important role in improving health, especially for lupus patients. Regular moderate exercise helps prevent fatigue and joint stiffness.

A small pilot study published in 2000 in the journal Arthritis Care and Research found that aerobics and gentle range-of-motion exercises help improve fatigue, muscle strength and cardiovascular health in people suffering from lupus without worsening their condition.

Exercise also helps reduce the negative effects of steroids and other medications prescribed to treat lupus. Plus, it has a positive impact on your mood and improves overall quality of life.

  • Do low-impact exercises like walking, swimming, cycling, gentle range-of-motion exercises, stretching, low-impact aerobics or water aerobics daily. They are not likely to put pressure on your joints.
  • You can also try tai chi.

Note: Start slowly and pay attention to your body’s response to exercise so that you do not over-exert yourself. It is best to plan your exercise routine with your physician or physical therapist.

6. Vitamin D

Low levels of vitamin D3 have been associated with autoimmune diseases including rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis and lupus.

Preliminary research presented at the American College of Rheumatology annual meeting in 2011 suggests that vitamin D supplementation can play a beneficial role in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) as it helps modulate the immune system.

  • Eat foods rich in vitamin D like fortified milk and cereals, salmon and other fatty fish, cheese, egg yolks, mushrooms and tofu.
  • Take vitamin D3 supplements. Consult your doctor for the correct dosage.

Note: Soaking in the sun to get the sunshine vitamin is good for many conditions, but it is advised against for this population because almost two out of three people suffering from lupus are ultraviolet light sensitive.

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8 thoughts on “Medic for Lupus”

  1. Thank you for the tips…I usually drink garlic in tea…now I know it’s not best to….since I’m a lupus patient….. I’ll continue to drink my ginger and turmeric like you said…. I’m already on the other supplements for quite a while…..I’ll definitely keep up….:)

  2. I have been suffering from lupus for about 6 yrs. The pain was so bad i was getting cortisone shots every three months. What a shock when i starting drinking apple cider vinegar , honey , and cinnamon . It was light night and day. I couldn’t sleep due to moving in bed, the severe stiffness and joint pain was crippling. This drink work , with D vitamin supplement i am well on my way to feeling my age 50. Alive and free of the suppressing depressing way i was feeling. I am taking many steps to improve my quality of life, this drink has allowed me to have hope that i can heal myself better than the heavy , sickening feeling i was having on medication treatment. Try it all you have to lose is all that pain.

  3. Hi. In February this year, I noticed/felt a small dent in my head tissue…a couple of days later I had a larger dent on my left of my head. a biopsy was done and following blood tests, i was diagnosed with SLE lupus. The waiting list for an appointment to see an Rhemulogist in approx. 6 months. I had other symptoms that flare up now and again…. dry eyes (tearing of the cornea), mouth ulcers, candida. so, in the mean time…waiting to see the doctor, I have read up and educated myself on how to treat lupus naturally. It has been now a week, that I have been drinking kefir – the milk as well as the ginger kefir water. increase my ginger intake (ginger and lemon water), upped my Vit D and included more turmeric in my meals. I am also going to focus more on salmon, tuna, walnuts, coconut oil, avo and fish oil Omega 3 intake. i also drink apple cider vinegar 2 x day.
    I found an for Iridology and Live Blood Analysis, which I would like to do as well.
    I am 51 years old….. in gym every day – box 2 times a week and run my 5 – 10km races a week as well. I have never felt ill, so only these little indents on my head got me on this lupus journey.
    for personal reasons only i have committed to this home remedy program…. will be interesting too see the end result.

  4. Would like to get more feedback on natural remedies from people suffering from lupus. I was diagnosed about 2mnths ago, though have been having wrist pains and finger pains just 2 mnths after i gave birth to my child. I really hope and pray this remedies help because I don’t want to stay long on my medications

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