LUPUS: When Your Body Rejects You
Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM)
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE), or lupus in short, is one of the many autoimmune diseases that plague humanity. It is a disease wherein the body produces autoantibodies that attack its healthy tissues. Lupus can affect multiple organ systems, including the skin, eyes, heart, lungs, blood vessels, kidney, and brain. In the United States, 10-400 per 100,000 people are found with SLE. SLE affects people of all genders, ages, and ethnic groups are susceptible with the highest prevalence are found in African American women and the lowest is found in White American men. 90% of patients diagnosed with SLE are women of childbearing age.
While the exact cause for SLE is not yet identified, many researchers attribute the pathogenesis of SLE as multifactorial in origin. In a genome-wide association analysis in Northern European whites, the proponents have listed genes confirmed to increase an individual’s susceptibility to SLE. These genes are triggered by environmental factors such as UV light, gender, EBV infection, silica dust, and smoking, just to name a few. The gene-environment interactions result in abnormal immune responses that produce autoantibodies and immune complexes, which deposit on, attack and destroy healthy tissue and causes inflammation. With increasing severity and chronicity, these events eventually lead to irreversible organ damage.
Open Your Clinical Eye: Watch Out For SLE!
The diagnosis of SLE is based on the characteristic clinical feature and detection of autoantibodies. According to the criteria published by Tan et al., at least 4 out of 11 clinical manifestations should be present at any time in a patient’s history to determine if the patient more likely has SLE:
• Malar rash
• Discoid rash
• Oral ulcers
• Renal disorder
• Presence of seizures or psychosis without other causes
• Hematologic disorders
• Presence of Anti-dsDNA, anti-Sm, and/or anti-phospholipid antibodies
• Presence of antinuclear antibodies (ANA)
Because lupus affects multiorgan systems over time, additional manifestations may occur which can range with relatively mild conditions to those that are more life threatening. Most patients experience periods when the disease is a dreadful nightmare interspersed with periods when they feel that they are clinically “okay.” However, permanent remissions are very rare.
Does Lupus affect the JOINTS?
Most people with lupus have the polyarthritis, a condition where there is swelling and soreness in joints. The most common joint pains are in hands, wrists, and knees. Usually, the disease is nondestructive and non-deforming. However, in about 10% of patients with long-standing diseases, deformities without bone erosion may develop.
How does Lupus affect the SKIN?
While most have joint manifestations, patients with lupus may also complain of skin lesions. Lupus dermatitis can be classified as systemic rash, discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE), subacute lupus erythematosus (SCLE), or “other.”
The most common SLE rash is a photosensitive and slightly raised reddish scaly lesion. When the rash occurs on the face, it is normally on the cheeks and nose and is referred to as the “butterfly” rash. It can also occur on the V region of the neck and chest, chin, ears, upper back, and extensor surfaces of the arms. When the rash is severe, it is often indicative of a flare of systemic disease. Discoid lesions are reddish circular raised patches with adherent scaling. They can be disfiguring, particularly on the face and scalp. Only 5% of people with DLE have SLE; however, about 20% of SLE patients have DLE. Other patients may manifest with psoriasis-like or circular flat red-rimmed lesions. These patients have SCLE, and they are highly photosensitive. In addition to those previously mentioned, generalized or focal alopecia is common during the active phase of SLE. Panniculitis causes subcutaneous nodular lesions, which are sometimes referred to as lupus panniculitis or profundus. Pink violaceous urticarial non-scarring plaques and/or nodules characterize lupus erythematosus timidus. Chilblain lupus is normally tender and has a bright red to reddish blue bulges that occur on extremities (e.g. Toes, fingers, nose, or ears) in cold weather.
How does Lupus affect the KIDNEYS?
The most serious manifestation of SLE is nephritis because it is the leading cause of death in the first decade of the disease. There is an ongoing destruction of the kidneys, with lupus flares requiring retreatment or intensification of treatment over many years in order to prevent further damage. For patients with lupus nephritis, accelerated atherosclerosis formation becomes important for increased risk of stroke and myocardial infarction. Attention must be given to control systemic inflammation, blood pressure, hyperlipidemia, and hyperglycemia. Overall, African Americans are more likely to develop end-stage renal disease (ESRD), even with the most current therapies.
How does Lupus affect the CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEM?
There is an increased risk for vascular events of about seven- to tenfold overall, and is higher in women.
How does Lupus affect the HEART?
Pericarditis is the most frequent cardiac manifestation. However, if the disease is poorly managed, it could worsen into myocarditis and fibrinous endocarditis of Libman-Sacks. Cardiac involvement can lead to valvular insufficiencies, most commonly of the mitral and aortic valves, or to embolic events. Patients with SLE are at an increased risk for myocardial infarction. This is usually due to accelerated atherosclerosis, which probably a result from chronic inflammation, immune attack, and/or chronic oxidative damage to the arteries.
How does Lupus affect the LUNGS?
The most typical pulmonary manifestation of SLE is pleuritis sometimes with pleural effusion. Pulmonary infiltrates occurs as a symptom of active SLE and are challenging to distinguish from infection. Life-threatening pulmonary manifestations include interstitial swelling leading to shrinking lung syndrome, fibrosis, and intra-alveolar hemorrhage.
How does Lupus affect the INTESTINES?
GASTROINTESTINAL. In the flare, lupus patients may experience nausea, sometimes with vomiting and diarrhea. Diffuse abdominal pain is probably caused by autoimmune peritonitis and/or intestinal vasculitis. Vasculitis involving the intestines may be life threatening as it may further complicate into perforation, ischemia, bleeding and sepsis. Rise in serum aspartate aminotransferase (AST) and alanine aminotransferase (ALT) are common with active disease.
How does Lupus affect the NERVOUS SYSTEM?
There are many neurologic manifestations of lupus. The most common symptom of a diffuse lupus of the central nervous system (CNS) includes patients with memory gaps and impaired reasoning. Headaches are also common, and when are severe it indicates SLE flare. Seizure of any type may also be caused by lupus while psychosis can be a dominant manifestation of SLE.
How does Lupus affect the BLOOD?
Due to chronic illness, patients with SLE present with anemia. Anemia is the most common hematologic manifestation. There are many cases with leukopenia, and they usually consist of lymphopenia. Thrombocytopenia, or low platelet count, may be a recurring problem.
How does Lupus affect the EYES?
While vision is rarely threatened in lupus, Sicca syndrome and the nonspecific conjunctivitis are common. Serious issues include retinal vasculitis and optic neuritis. Without control and treatment of the disease, blindness can develop in a span of days to weeks.
I am a big believer in Natural Alternatives to primarily prevent and treat health issues. There are some health issues that need to be treated using both Western and Eastern medicine. Lupus is one of the autoimmune diseases that will need both. If you have just been diagnosed with Lupus you should organize a team with your natural health provider and your medical physician so they will be completely informed.
Please Consult Your Doctor
Each lupus patient manifests differently, thus requiring varying treatment options. Treatment algorithm also depends on the signs and symptoms that present. Because of their variability, it is important to understand that the protocol may change during a patient’s lifetime. In managing the disease, the physician and the patient’s goals are to prevent flares and to minimize organ damage and their complications. There should be a regular reevaluation between the doctor and the patient to ensure it is effective.
These are useful analgesics/anti-inflammatories, particularly for people with joint or chest pain and/or fever. These drugs can be taken alone to treat a mild flare, or in combination with other prescribed medications. However, two major issues currently indicate caution when using these drugs. First, SLE patients with organ impairment are at an increased risk for complications with NSAID use such as stomach bleeding and kidney problems. Second, all NSADIs may increase the risk for myocardial infarction. It is important to have a regular checkup with a physician to control the use of these drugs.
Antimalarials for Lupus
Antimalarials, specifically hydroxychloroquine, used alone or in combination with other drugs, are used to treat skin rashes, joint pain, fatigue, and lung inflammation. Clinical studies have found that constant treatment with these drugs may prevent flares from recurring. However, a randomized, placebo-controlled, prospective trial has shown that withdrawal of hydroxychloroquine results in an increased amount of disease flares. Because of possible retinal toxicity, patients receiving antimalarials need to have annual ophthalmologic examinations.
Some patients have highly complicated SLE that predisposes them to organ failure or to life-threatening conditions. The mainstay of therapeutic management for these patients, in addition to those previously mentioned, are more potent drugs that target the immune system and inflammatory cascade.
Glucocorticoids for Lupus.
Prednisone and other types of corticosteroids are the drugs of choice that can counter the inflammation of lupus. These are highly potent and rapidly suppresses symptoms of swelling, warmth, pain, and tenderness. Steroids are the most common medicines used to treat flares. Steroids are normally prescribed in the lowest effective dosage because of they are often accompanied by many side effects. Currently, high doses are recommended for a short period and tapered down as rapidly as clinical situation permits, usually to a low maintenance dose. The use of glucocorticoids should be tempered by safety precautions because patients with prolong use of corticosteroids are much more prone to developing infection, hyperglycemia, hypertension, osteoporosis, and the likes.
Immunosuppressive drugs for Lupus
These drugs restrain the overactive immune system by blocking the production of the immune cells that are essentially destroying the healthy tissues. Either cyclophosphamide or mycophenolate mofetil is an acceptable choice to improve the condition of severely ill patients. Therapeutic responses to these drugs begin 3-16 weeks after initiation of treatment. Regarding toxicity, diarrhea is more common with mycophenolate, while herpetic infections, amenorrhea, and leukopenia are more common with cyclophosphamide. The US FDA has recently approved belimumab, a biological directed against B cells for active SLE. However, the use of this drug is still under intense study. Side effects can include fatigue, nausea, diarrhea, and mild pain in the arms and/or legs.
With the use of more potent drugs, the lupus patient may become immunocompromised. They are more prone to developing infections that are normally not acquired by a relatively healthy patient. Thus, it is important to know that the prevention of complications of SLE and its therapy include providing appropriate vaccinations, such as pneumococcal and influenza vaccines, and suppressing recurrent urinary tract infections. This can also be accomplished with natural alternatives and should be discussed with your natural health provider.
In addition to these strategies, osteoporosis should be prevented in patients who are required long-term glucocorticoid therapy and/or with other predisposing factors since these drugs stimulate the body to break down calcium deposits in the bones. It is advised to take calcium supplements, and consume a healthy diet. The control of hypertension and other prevention strategies for atherosclerosis, including monitoring and treatment of deranged lipid levels, management of hyperglycemia, and obesity, are also recommended.
Thinking outside of the Box: A Take On Complementary Alternative Medicine
Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), as defined by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), is a group of diverse medical and health care systems, practices and products. CAMs are not generally considered part of conventional medicine. In patients with SLE, it is recognized that there are alternative treatments to conventional drugs.
CAM can be of assistance for both controlling the symptoms of lupus and boosting the immune system. Alternative therapies can be of benefit and are often used in conjunction with traditional medications. There is a wide range of complimentary medications that are shown to benefit lupus patients. However, despite the variety of choices presented to the patients, it is still important to discuss these options with the doctor as they may interfere or adversely react with conventional medications.
In the updated review by Greco et al., it was estimated that about 50% of lupus patients have utilized CAM treatments to reduce symptoms and manage their health. Among the long list of potential therapies for SLE, recent studies indicate that vitamin supplements show some promise for reducing SLE disease activity.
Is Vitamin D good for Lupus?
If you have Lupus, you have probably already been directed to avoid sun exposure. Photosensitivity can trigger symptoms that range from skin rash to serious internal organ damage. Because you must avoid, the sun chances are you may be Vitamin D deficient. It is crucial to have your Vitamin D levels checks regularly. New research is also suggesting that low Vitamin D levels have an association with Cancer.
Vitamin D deficiency has an effect on your immune response. The connection of Vitamin D receptor in cells associated in immune response and the discovery that dendritic cells that produce vitamin D hormone suggested that this vitamin could exert immunoregulatory effects. Studies have found that SLE patients have multiple risk factors for Vitamin D deficiency. The severity of Lupus conditions seems to correlate with low vitamin D serum levels. A preliminary study by Terrier et al. exhibits promising results and suggests the beneficial role of Vitamin D supplementation in patients with SLE. However, their findings need to be validated in larger randomized controlled trials.
Is Vitamin A good for Lupus?
The metabolites of vitamin A, such as retinoids, inhibit the formation of proinflammatory cells and promote the production of anti-inflammatory cells. Kinoshitak et al. have shown that patients treated with retinoids improved their proteinuria with no side effects. Proteinuria is their high levels of anti-dsDNA, and low titers of complements. This finding suggests that retinoids can be a promising treatment of lupus nephritis. Vitamin A deficiency has shown greater severity of in experimental models of SLE.
The supplementation of Vitamin A can be indicated at a dose 100, 000 IU for two weeks that proves to be beneficial for the lupus patient. However, consumption of extremely high doses of vitamin A can result in symptoms such as anemia, headache, dry skin, alopecia, nausea, anorexia, pseudohydrocephalus, and death. So always keep in mind that too much or too little of something is never good.
Vitamin A can be found in Sweet Potatoes, Carrots, dark leafy green vegetable (Spinach, Swiss Chard and Kale), Squash, Pumpkin, Lettuce, Dried Apricots, Prunes, Dried Peaches, Cantaloupe, Sweet Red Peppers, Green Peppers, Yellow Peppers, Bluefin Tuna Fish, Sturgeon, Mackerel and Mangoes.
Is Magnesium supplements good for Lupus?
Magnesium has a crucial role in the health of your digestive system and kidneys. Magnesium also has an inverse relationship between inflammatory response and magnesium levels. Maybe autoimmune diseases involve inflammation. Therefore, it is a good idea to have your magnesium levels tested to determine if they are low.
Magnesium can be found in dark leafy green vegetable (Spinach, Swiss Chard and Kale), Nuts and Seeds, Fish, Beans, Lentils, Brown Rice, Quinoa, Millet, Avocados, Low-Fat Daily, Cheese, Bananas, Dried Figs, Prunes, Apricots, Dates, Raisins and Dark Chocolate.
Can Vitamin B12 help my Lupus?
Vitamin B12 deficiencies are often neglected. You should ask your health provider to test your Vitamin B12 levels if you are feeling tired and fatigued. Vitamin B12 helps your body produce red-blood cells, in addition Vitamin B12 and B Vitamin in general helps the body produce energy from food. If you have a Vitamin B12 deficiency, you will experience weakness, fatigue and a general lack of energy. Having good Vitamin B12 levels will eliminate fatigue by increasing oxygenated blood in your body (tissues and body organs).
Vitamin B12 can be found in shellfish (clams, Oysters, Mussels, Crabs), Fish, Liver, Red Meat, Eggs, fortified Soy products, fortified Cereal, Milk and cheese.
Is Essential Fatty Acids good for Lupus?
Omega-3 fatty acids, namely the eicosapentaenoic (EPA) and deocosahexaenoic (DHA) unsaturated fatty acids inhibit the production of proinflammatory compounds. Some studies have reported that EPA can exert protective mechanisms against cardiovascular and inflammatory diseases, such as SLE. Examples of omega-3 fatty acids that are being used as complementary medications in SLE include fish oil and flaxseed oil.
Fish oil, a known major source of omega-3 fatty acid, has both anti-inflammatory and anti-autoimmune (due to inhibition of immune cells) effects. It has been shown to be significantly helpful to the immune, and biochemical status in animal and human models of SLE. Supplementation with fish oil has shown protective effects against kidney damage.
Flaxseed oil contains 70% omega-3 fatty acids and has been shown to have a direct effect on the antibody profile of SLE patients. It reduces kidney damage by suppressing autoantibodies and the deposition of immune complexes on tissues. It also inhibits platelet activation, which is commonly elevated in an inflammatory response in lupus patients. Further studies have also demonstrated that flaxseed oil has another protective component that is not completely identified. A daily dosage of 30 g was well tolerated and conferred the most benefit without side effects in terms of kidney/renal function, atherogenic mechanisms, and inflammation in the pathogenesis of lupus nephritis. However, despite these findings, patients should be cautioned about the possibility of allergic reactions to flaxseed.
Foods that contain Omega-3 fatty acids are grass-fed Meats, Omega-3 enriched Dairy Food (Organic, grass-fed cows), Omega-3 enriched Eggs, Edamame, Wild Rice, Walnuts, Canola Oil, Flaxseed, Chia Seed and Beans.
Can DHEA supplements help Lupus?
Several studies indicate that DHEA significantly reduces inflammation, flares and pain relating to Lupus. There is no good dietary source for DHEA; we continue to lose it as we age. By the time, you reach 70 years old you will have lost 80% of your DHEA. DHEA is the hormone that is produced by your adrenals. DHEA is a precursor for hormones (testosterone, progesterone and estrogen). Consult your physician before starting DHEA supplements. They can be bought almost everywhere, there is also a bioidentical DHEA cream called Twist 25, which has great reviews.
Essential Oils for the treatment of Lupus
Copaiba Essential Oil for Lupus
Are you aware that copaiba essential oil is one the best oils to use as an antiinflammatory because of it has one of the highest levels of beta-caryophyllene on earth? Yes, it continues to be recorded to include 50 percent beta-caryophyllene. Clove essential oils, which can be recommended for their antiinflammatory compounds and Helichrysum, have 5 percent! Because of its amazing effect on inflammation, it remarkably reduces pain. Disorder linked to inflammation including Lupus, Fibromyalgia, arthritis and MS react perfectly to Copaiba use. If your mission is to reduce inflammation with essential oils try Copaiba.
Frankincense Essential Oil for Lupus
Francincense essential oils are efective at reducing inflammation and also stops immune reactions associated with lulpus. You can apply a few drops of oils to each foot. Also, you can consume certain essential oils if they are 100% pure/organic therapeutic essential oils.
Lemon Oil Essential Oil for Lupus
Add 1-3 drops to every glass of water you drink throughout the day, the oil should be 100% pure/organic therapeutic essential oils. Additionally, make sure you drink a lot of water-use only glass containers. Lemon oil is very good for inflammation as well as cleansing.
Hilichrysum Essential Oil for Lupus:
Hilichrysum essential oils support the nervous system and can also reverse autoimmune reactions. Hilichrysum can be applied to feet or rubbed on neck area.
Are Herbs good for Lupus?
During the past 30 years, thousands of patients suffering from autoimmune diseases have claimed to be cured by taking a herb named tripterygium wilfordii hook F (TwHF). It was found to inhibit proinflammatory chemicals in the body. In 5 open a total of 249 patients, patients treated with this herb showed clinical improvement from lupus manifestations such as fatigue, arthralgia, fever, skin rash, hepatomegaly, and laboratory abnormalities. In another study, TwHF treatment reduced the use of prednisone. The results suggest that TwHF might be an alternative or additional drug for those SLE patients in whom steroid therapy is insufficiently effective or contraindicated. The most common side effects of this herb are dryness of mouth, headaches, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, hair loss, leukopenia, low platelet count, rash, skin pigmentation, oral ulcers, gastritis, abdominal pain, weight loss, diastolic hypertension, and vaginal spotting.
Lupus patients can also benefits from mind-body methods such as consuming a healthy diet, cognitive-behavioral therapy, massage, and other counseling interventions. Reducing stress when dealing with an autoimmune disease or any chronic illness is extremely important for the patient’s health. These suggestions can be incorporated into the treatment plan, always discuss CAMs with your physician. Here are some of the mind-body methods used by lupus patients:
Is Diet important for Lupus?
A patient’s dietary status is extremely important to the immune system. A good diet plays a fundamental role in maintaining good health, especially individuals living with SLE. Weight that deviates from the ideal (low weight or overweight) can be harmful to health, depending on the duration and severity. Body weight deviations could make the patient more susceptible to infections and other complications. Because of their harmful effects on the immune function, these disorders should be addressed, aiming to improve the quality of life.
The modifications in their diet should help them reduce inflammation and swelling, prevent nutrient deficiencies, maintain strong bones and muscles combat therapeutic side effects, and reduce the risk of heart disease.
Caloric restriction was associated with delayed onset of glomerulonephritis associated with lower levels of proinflammatory cytokines and immune complexes. Low fat and protein diet decreases lipid levels, hence reduces the patient’s chance for cardiovascular events.
Foods to Avoid: It is suggested to avoid sugar, corn syrup, artificial sweeteners, white flour, white bread, white pasta, margarine, alfalfa sprouts, onions, vegetable oil, night shades, processed food, coffee, alcohol, red fatty meats, and just try to avoid anything artificial. It is also crucial to avoid any food that you have an allergy to, for instance, milk, nuts and glutens. If you suspect a food allergy, speak to your health care provider about running food allergy tests.
Foods to Enjoy: Eat clean whole foods which include Berries, beans, cherries, pomegranates, fruits, vegetables (especially leafy greens) and healthy oils.
Consuming Baking Soda for Lupus.
Many people have good results drinking 1/2 tablespoon of baking soda dissolved in water two times a day. Baking soda helps alkalize the body and helps reduce the reactivity of the body’s immune system. Caution: Baking Soda is high in sodium. Therefore, if you have high blood pressure do not consume baking soda.
Can Borax Help Lupus?
Caution: DO NOT confuse Borax with Boric Acid! NEVER consume Boric Acid. Boric Acid is toxic.
Borax has many health benefits include rosacea, interstitial cystitis plasmodium parasites, thrush, candida, arthritis, gout, fibromyalgia, fungal infections, pneumonia, mycoplasma found in Lupus, preventing the accumulation of fluoride in the body, skin mites, dog mange, normalizes hormones and removing parasites, bacteria, fungi and heavy metals from the body.
Borax Internally: Another word of caution: DO NOT USER BORIC ACID. BORIC ACID IS TOXIC. Concentrated Recipe: 1 teaspoon of borax mix with 1 quart of water. Consume 1 teaspoon of this concentrate twice a day with meals. You only need to consume a very SMALL amount of borax daily for optimal health. Taking more than the suggested does can create boron toxicity.
Borax External: If you are experiencing a Lupus related rash, you can create a paste using 1/2 teaspoon Borax, 1 teaspoon baking soda and enough water to create a paste. Stir completely until you create an even consistency for the paste. This concoction will dry out your hands. You can wear gloves to apply the paste to all areas with the rash. Before applying it to all areas with a rash, you should test a small section of your skin to make sure you do not get irritated from the paste.
Are Massages helpful for Lupus?
Regular massage therapy can be beneficial and therapeutic to those with chronic joint and muscle pain due to lupus. This can improve circulation and help relieve joint stiffness. However, if you have any skin manifestations occurring you will be more susceptible to bleeding or bruising. It is important to seek the services by a licensed massage therapist. If possible, seek a therapist that is familiar with lupus if you decide to incorporate professional massage as part of the disease management.
Is Dry Body Brushing good for Lupus?
Dry Body Brushing is INCREDIBLE! Your lymphatic system is very important for good health and is often ignored. Your lymphatic system does not move on its own; it needs you to move to get it running optimally. Even though, it is not exactly known what causes Lupus, it is suggested that having a clogged lymphatic system can be a main contributor to autoimmune diseases including Lupus. The skin is the largest organ in your body and works as a third kidney when functioning properly. The organs that are constantly working to detoxify our bodies are the skin, kidneys, liver, lungs and colon. Do your body a big favor and try to incorporate some of these into your life: Body brushing, exercising, lymphatic drainage, rebounding, (near and far) infrared saunas or detox baths, they all can all help take the burden off of the main detoxifying organs.
Is Lymphatic Drainage good for Lupus?
Lymphatic drainage is beneficial to all autoimmune diseases. Lymphatic drainage helps eliminate stored bacteria, viruses, proteins, cancer cells, and harmful substance in your body. This results in less burden on major organs such as your liver and kidney which allows these organs to heal and work more efficiently to restore your health. Lymphatic drainage also helps reduce pain, improve joint mobility, reduce swelling and inflammation.
Can cupping, fire cupping or wet cupping (Hijama) help my Lupus?
All types of cupping are helpful for almost any ailments. Cupping is touted to be one of the best remedies for Lupus. It helps control blood cells, eliminates pain, activates the lymphatic system, improves circulation, helps clear any colon blockage, releases toxins, activates and clears veins and activates the skin.
Reduction of pain
Cupping improves blood flow in the body, the muscles become more elastic and flexible and hence a reduction in pain. In this way very quickly, since the therapy is short, you can remove the pain in the back and neck. However, cupping can be applied to the joints, increasing circulation around the joints and synovial fluid flow. And that affects mobility and reduce pain in the joints.
Resolve digestive problems
Cupping treatment can resolve many digestive problems. It is a way to increase the secretion of gastric acid, way to improve digestion, strengthen the stomach, and to get better mobility of the intestine.
Increases Blood Flow and Circulation
Better circulation strengthens immunity and therefore allows the body to fight intruders successfully and filter out toxins more efficiently. INcrease blood flow allows the area being treated to heal quickly. In the past, fire cupping was the method used in the treatment of tuberculosis.
Detoxification is one of the benefits of the cupping. By increasing blood circulation, and especially the circulation of the lymph which collects waste material from our body, filters the waste and speeds up the removal of toxins from the body.
Wet Cupping (Hijama) for Lupus:
Wet cupping should be performed by a skilled practitioner. Wet cupping is an amazing complementary method in combination with other traditional and complementary medication in the treatment of difficult diseases for which drugs do not help much, which include autoimmune diseases. It is effective in the treatment of lupus, multiple sclerosis, psoriasis, Parkinson’s disease, migraine, pain in the upper back and neck pain, joint pain, digestive problems, high blood pressure, insomnia, mental disorders, diabetes, eczema, lack of ovulation, menstrual and other female problems, involuntary urination, arthritis, gout, etc.
Is Acupuncture helpful for Lupus?
Acupuncture works by stimulating small diameter nerves in the muscles. This stimulates the nerves and sends impulses to the spinal cord, hence activating the brain. As a result, endorphins, which are the body’s natural painkillers, are released. This therapy may be useful in alleviating pain associated with lupus. A study by Greco et al. on the usefulness and safety of acupuncture therapy on SLE patients concluded that majority of the patients can endure the procedure and that 40% claimed improvement on standard measures of pain. There is limited data, but some data suggests and patients proclaim that acupuncture can help in treating lupus symptoms.
A diagnosis may have an important effect in the caliber of life, such as the capacity to work. Regardless of the possible negative effects of treatment as well as the indications of lupus, SLE patients can keep the life that is high quality complete.
It is extremely essential the patient understand the illness and its particular impact. One has to know about the warning signs so that you can take the things to do that are required to decrease the outward symptoms. An open conversation involving physician and the individual concerning the accessible choices for the direction permits the individual to make an educated choice about treatment choices.
Lupus can limit your ability to work based on your job duties. However, with proper treatment and leading a healthier life an SLE patient can maintain a high high-quality life overall.
Lupus patients must understand their body and understand the early warning signs of a flare to take the important steps to reduce the symptoms. It is crucial not to neglect regular health care or treatment of serious symptoms. You must constantly communicate with your doctor regarding the available options and treatments for managing your lupus and symptoms.
If you have lupus, you can still live a good quality of life by first and foremost living a healthy life. If you are living with lupus or any autoimmune disease, it is very difficult to get through the days. It is very important that you can mentally except that you have Lupus, try to make positive changes in your life and try to think of it as a blessing. It can be considered a blessing to you health because in order for you to feel healthy and lead a normal life you must eat as clean as possible. Avoid stress, get plenty of rest, eat an abundance of fruits and vegetables, drink green juice, wheatgrass, drink plenty of water, keep active, try to avoid sugar, alcohol and processed foods. This lifestyle will inhibit cancer and allow for longevity. With research advancements and a greater knowledge of lupus, lupus patients will have a better prognosis than there was in the past. There is continued hope for new treatments, improvement in the personal and social aspect of the patient’s life, and, ultimately, a way to prevent or cure the disease.
There are several other Lupus related natural health alternatives which I will be adding in future posts.
You should always consult your Doctor or Naturopathic Physician before starting any complementary or alternative medicine (CAM).
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