Natural Treatments for Lupus

Alternative Home Remedies for Lupus

Lupus is a chronic pain disorder that is an inflammatory disease. It occurs when the human body’s immune system attacks its own organs and tissues. Lupus is one of those highly inscrutable diseases that is difficult to diagnose because its symptoms resemble those of other disorders. Lupus afflicts at least 1.5 million Americans.

The most common symptom of Lupus is a facial rash that looks like butterfly wings unfolding across both of an individual’s cheeks. This unfortunate symptom occurs in many but not all Lupus sufferers.

There is no known cure for Lupus, but there are some interesting alternative treatments that might be worth trying if you were suffering from this chronic pain disorder.

Make sure that you discuss any alternative medicine you decide to try with your physician before starting them. Your physician will be able to help you assess the pros and cons of these alternative remedies. While alternative treatments typically have the benefit of being primarily side-effect free, that is not always the case. In some instances, alternative remedies can interact with medications you are already taking- so that is why we always advise our readers to check with their physicians before starting any new alternative regimen.

 In some instances, alternative remedies can interact with medications you are already taking- so that is why we always advise our readers to check with their physicians before starting any new alternative regimen.  

Let’s take a look at some interesting alternative remedies for lupus:

Natural Lupus Supplements

  • [easyazon_link keywords=”Fish oil” locale=”US” tag=”chronic0e-20″]Fish oil[/easyazon_link]: taking fish oil supplements that contain omega-3 fatty acids can be of some benefit for lupus sufferers. A recent study demonstrated that individuals who consume 3 grams of fish oil supplements once a day for six months indicated improvements in their lupus symptoms. They displayed improvement in their blood vessel function as well as decreases in oxidative stress.
  • [easyazon_link keywords=”Vitamin D” locale=”US” tag=”chronic0e-20″]Vitamin D[/easyazon_link]: research studies have demonstrated that high doses of vitamin D was able to reduce some of the terrible immune system activities that it is believed are the cause of lupus.
  • [easyazon_link keywords=”Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA)” locale=”US” tag=”chronic0e-20″]Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA)[/easyazon_link]: taking these supplements can help lupus sufferers decrease the amount of steroids needed to stabilize their lupus symptoms.
  • One of our favorite natural remedy sites has an active discussion thread on lupus. Users there have had success using [easyazon_link keywords=”aloe vera juice” locale=”US” tag=”chronic0e-20″]aloe vera juice[/easyazon_link], [easyazon_link keywords=”apple cider vinegar” locale=”US” tag=”chronic0e-20″]apple cider vinegar[/easyazon_link], baking soda, [easyazon_link keywords=”coconut oil” locale=”US” tag=”chronic0e-20″]coconut oil[/easyazon_link] and a variety of other natural treatment options to help manage her symptoms and increase their energy.
  • Responses to the different natural treatments will vary, of course, depending on your own condition. However, if you are interested in investigating natural alternatives for lupus treatment, is a great place to check out.

What causes lupus?

It is posited that lupus occurs because of a combination of environmental and genetic factors. Sometimes the people that have a genetic predisposition to lupus will acquire the disease when something in their environment triggers it.

Let’s take a look at some of the most common triggers of lupus

Common Lupus Triggers

  • Medications: anti-seizure medications are implicated in triggering lupus.
  • As well, antibiotics and blood pressure medications are also indicated as likely factors in triggering the development of the disorder. Sometimes individuals that have contracted lupus because of their drugs can see the disease disappear once they stop taking the offending medication.
  • Sunlight: genetically susceptible individuals can trigger lupus when sunlight triggers lupus skin lesions and of their internal body responses.
  • Infections: sometimes an infection can trigger lupus or even cause relapses in people that have had lupus.

What are the risk factors for lupus?

Lupus occurs more commonly in women. As well, it is most frequently diagnosed in individuals between the ages of 15 and 40. Interestingly, lupus is seen more frequently in Asians, Hispanics, and African-Americans.

Final thoughts

If you are afflicted by lupus one of the best things you can do is to read as much information as possible about this autoimmune disorder. One of our primary recommendations is to consider natural and alternative treatment options. Consider eating anti-inflammatory foods and herbs to help manage your symptoms. Be sure to consult with your physician prior to making any drastic changes in diet.