Lupus (also known as systemic lupus erythematosus) is an autoimmune disease affecting millions of people worldwide. Lupus is an autoimmune disease that causes the human bodies immune system to turn against its own tissues and organs throughout the body.
Known to trigger major health problems (including kidney disease, neurological dysfunction, and rheumatoid arthritis), lupus can set off inflammation and can cause severe and permanent damage in the heart, lungs, blood vessels, brain, joints, skin, kidneys, and other parts of the body.
While complications and serious medical conditions arising from lupus can be fatal, the disease often goes into remission, which can sometimes last for years.
Natural Treatments and Home Remedies for Lupus:
1) Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Shown to curb inflammation, omega-3 fatty acids have been found to improve symptoms in lupus patients in several studies. You can increase your omega-3 intake by eating oily fish (such as salmon and sardines) or flaxseeds, or by taking a daily omega-3 supplement.
Learn more about omega-3 fatty acids.
Research suggests that dehydroepiandrosterone (or DHEA, a steroid hormone essential to the production of estrogen and testosterone) may enhance quality-of-life for people with lupus.
While DHEA shows promise as a complementary treatment for lupus, regular use of DHEA supplements could raise your risk of heart attack and some types of cancer.
Therefore, it’s critical to use DHEA only under the supervision of your primary care provider.
More Herbal Home Remedies for Treating Lupus
- Astragalus root tea
- Chamomile tea
- Feverfew tea, tincture
- Anti-inflammatories: Lupus is a disease process with marked inflammation. Bupleurum, a Chinese herbal is used as an anti-inflammatory. Other anti-inflammatory herbal remedies showing some success in treating lupus include curcumin, an extract of turmeric, and bromelain, a pineapple enzyme.
- Demulcents: demulcent to help with the associated chest pain and cough, and to assist the expectorant action.
- Nervines: to help the body cope with the overall effects of such a stressful illness. Also to address the insomnia and itching on an as needed basis.
- Anti-rheumatics: to ease the joint pain and stiffness involved.
- Diuretics: as needed to help alleviate the edema associated with the use of steroid therapy.
- EFA: Flaxseed, the richest plant source of linoleic acid (ALA), an essential omega-3 fatty acid, showed positive effects on lupus in studies. A diet rich in omega-3 acids is a good idea for those with a chronic inflammatory condition.
Choosing to treat Lupus Using Natural Remedies
Lupus is a very serious disease. If you’re considering the use of alternative medicine, talk with your primary care provider first. Self-treating a condition and avoiding or delaying standard care may have serious consequences.
If you choose to use prescription medications or you choose natural home remedies for treating lupus, consulting your doctor first is absolutely essential and the first step to treating the disease.
It’s encouraging and helpful to know that including an anti-inflammatory foods in your diet, exercising regularly, using select essential oils for pain management and stress reduction, can all help manage and even reduce the common symptoms and prevent further disease development.