Lupus Treatments

Lupus Diet Recommendations

Patients diagnosed with lupus have to make significant changes in their lives to cope with the disease. To make useful nutritional changes, they often need lupus diet recommendations: a list of foods and food preparation techniques that will help strengthen their bodies and minimize their lupus symptoms.

Lupus is an inflammatory disease. Hence, the list of lupus diet recommendations should include foods that would typically form part of an anti-inflammatory diet. In general, minimally processed foods and fresh fruits and vegetables are ideal. Lupus patients should also have good dietary sources of protein. Eggs, fish, chicken, turkey, and lamb are excellent choices. They tend to be healthier than beef and pork. Fish is very easy to digest. Hence, it is often the ideal choice for those who have tummy troubles (which are not unusual with lupus). Eggs are very highly nutritious: They include important nutrients and micronutrients.

 

Lupus Diet Recommendations for Carbohydrates and Fats

 

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Alternative Medicine and Lupus: Reiki

Various non-conventional medical approaches have been used in the treatment of lupus. Reiki, one of them, is promoted by some as a complementary form of treatment: one that is intended to be used in tandem with conventional medication and treatment plans.

Reiki is a Japanese treatment to minimize stress and pain, and to facilitate relaxation. It could be described as a form of spiritual healing as it is comes out of a philosophy that emphasizes the existence of a higher power and human possession of life-force energy. Not surprisingly, this has led   practitioners of some religious traditions to question Reiki. They believe that they cannot practice it as doing so would contradict their own religions.

However, Reiki is not attached to a specific religious dogma: Patients do not have to adopt a new set of beliefs in order to benefit from it. They may choose to view its healing capacity as coming from whichever deity they believe in. And …


Lupus Chiropractic Treatment

For patients with lupus, chiropractic care is one of the complementary and alternative medical practices that they can turn to for relief from some of their symptoms.

If you are living with lupus, chiropractic care may offer some answers to your struggles with joint pain, joint stiffness, muscular pain, and fatigue. Chiropractic is a field of medical practice that focuses on the neuromusculoskeletal system. The idea is that disorders affecting this bodily system have the capacity, not only to cause much pain and discomfort to patients, but also to trigger broader health issues. Thus, chiropractic treatment seeks to correct these disorders and to thereby minimize the patients’ symptoms and improve their overall health.

Chiropractic medicine is not just sought after as a treatment option by lupus patients. It is actually a popular medical approach: third in popularity after conventional medicine and dentistry. Even though there is some controversy among conventional medical practitioners as to the effectiveness of this alternative medical …


Treating Lupus Naturally

A growing number of people are interested in finding information about treating lupus naturally. Some of them have already been exposed to non-conventional forms of medicine, so they are open to considering them. Others start out with unquestioning faith in conventional medicine, but having experienced its debilitating side effects, they seek gentler forms of treatment. Both groups of people are likely to be drawn to the different forms of treatment available to them through alternative or complementary medicine.

 

Some Insights into Treating Lupus Naturally

 

Treating lupus naturally is not something that any patient should take lightly. Even with natural forms of treatment such as herbs and nutritional supplements, there are such things as side effects and interactions to worry about. Doctors and pharmacists are in the best position to talk to patients about the pros and cons of using these substances to treat their lupus symptoms.

Some popular medicinal herbs are ginger and turmeric, which can simply …


Lupus Dietary Restrictions

For those living with lupus, dietary restrictions may be necessary to minimize discomfort and pain. Overall, dietary restrictions are advisable because, when done correctly, they help to promote overall health.

It is always possible to draw direct correlations between one’s diet and one’s health. Different people face different health challenges. Depending on what those challenges are, a given diet is bound to be more ideal than another. Thus, for instance, an individual suffering from a form of immune deficiency would thrive on a diet designed to strengthen his or her immune system. Along the same lines, an individual suffering from an autoimmune inflammatory disease like lupus would do well on a diet designed to minimize inflammation and autoimmunity.

 

Examples of Lupus Dietary Restrictions

 

Lupus dietary restrictions are often extended to highly processed meats because the additives used to cure the meat are known to trigger lupus flare-ups. Examples of such meats include hot dogs and luncheon meats.

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Lupus Meditation

Among the alternative approaches adopted in the treatment of lupus, meditation is increasingly being accepted by the general public. This should not come as a surprise. Many are aware that the mind plays an important role in our capacity to cope with disease and pain. Thus, practices that help to relax and soothe the mind such as meditation and prayer are now thought of with respect by those in the medical field. In another era, many would have been quick to dismiss these practices.

It is worth pointing out that the words “meditation” and “prayer” are often used differently by different groups of people. Some forms of prayer actually cause excitement or agitation on the part of the person doing the praying. These would certainly not help a lupus patient to soothe his or her mind. As for meditation, if practiced intensively, it can pose risks for patients, especially if they are living with some forms of mental illness. Such …


Lupus (SLE) Rehabilitation

For those living with lupus, rehabilitation is one of the major approaches to treatment. Debilitation and disability may come with SLE. Rehabilitation is, therefore, an important way of ensuring that patients overcome some of these challenges and work their way around others.

Lupus is a disease with far-reaching effects. It can affect patients physically, mentally, and emotionally. This is because the autoimmunity and inflammation associated with lupus can affect virtually any of the body’s organ systems.

Among the well-known symptoms of lupus are muscle weakness, muscle inflammation, muscle pain, and fatigue. Joint and tendon pain and inflammation are also potential lupus symptoms. Various forms of neuralgia (nerve pain) also come with lupus. Because of these symptoms, patients may find that their mobility is significantly affected.

If this were a short-term problem, there would be no need for great concern. However, it typically plays out as a long-term problem, as a result of which patients no longer have the capacity to …


How to Manage Lupus

Many people live with lupus today. It is also more widely spoken about and understood than it was 50 years ago. Thus, learning how to manage lupus is well within the reach of those who have access to internet resources, caring family and friends, and competent medical professionals.

There are some recommendations for living with lupus that one could call “common sense recommendations” for the simple reason that they don’t require specialized knowledge. One of them has to do with nutrition.

Because the foods we eat today are often highly processed, they tend to contain high numbers of chemicals that have a negative cumulative effect on our health. Highly-refined, cereal-based foods are low in nutrients and fiber. As for canned vegetables and fruits, they are typically deprived of their nutritional goodness by processing techniques.

They often have additives such as salt, sugar, artificial sweeteners, and preservatives. Some of these additives are quite harmless when taken in moderation, but others are …


How to Get Rid of Lupus

Depending on who you talk to, you will get different responses to the question of how to get rid of lupus. Some may argue that it is impossible to get rid oflupus completely, and that the most that one can do is to manage its symptoms. Others may argue that answering the question of how to get rid of lupus lies within the reach of alternative or complementary medicine. Yet others may suggest that science is still advancing and that a conventional medical cure for lupus may one day be developed in a medical research laboratory.

 

Can You Get Rid of Lupus?

 

Whatever your personal thoughts on how to get rid of lupus, it is worthwhile learning what each of these ideas “brings to the table.”

Alternative and complementary medical approaches such as nutritional therapy, acupuncture, and meditation can radically improve lupus patients’ health in the long term. Some claim to have been cured by these techniques, …


Lupus Treatment Diet

A lupus treatment diet is a diet designed to help lupus patients better manage their symptoms and health complications. Ultimately, the appropriate medication and exercises, together with the ideal lupus treatment diet, can significantly enhance the quality of life enjoyed by lupus patients.

The dietary options for people living with lupus are those containing fresh foods and minimally processed foods. They may include eggs, fish, chicken, turkey and lamb. They should certainly include fresh fruits and vegetables.

Gluten can be problematic to those living with lupus. They may have celiac disease and, therefore, be predisposed towards developing inflammation when they consume gluten-containing foods. Wholegrain alternatives with zero gluten content should therefore be used instead. In addition, various nuts and seeds are a good source of various nutrients, and are also gluten free. This makes them ideal.

All of the above foods should be sourced from organic farms where possible, because it is important for lupus patients to avoid many of …


Canine Lupus Treatment

It is easy for some to forget that animals can develop diseases that are remarkably similar to human diseases. The websites that discuss canine lupus treatment are a reminder that dogs can and do develop lupus, and that treating this condition can pose a tremendous challenge to experienced veterinarians.

Like lupus in humans, canine lupus takes different forms. They include systemic lupus erythematosus and discoid lupus erythematosus. The former tends to affect the skin, more specifically the facial skin. As for the latter, it can affect multiple bodily systems.

Some of the symptoms of systemic lupus erythematosus in dogs follow: arthritis, a stiff gait, depression, fatigue, anemia, muscle wasting, neurological symptoms, spleen enlargement, liver enlargement, hair loss, photosensitivity, skin lesions, secondary bacterial infections, and ulcers on the foot pads. These symptoms do not all appear simultaneously. In fact, a given dog may only suffer from some of them and not from the others. It is often the case that dogs’ …


Ganoderma- Lupus Treatment

One traditional Chinese remedy is the mushroom known as Ganoderma. Lupus patients sometimes use this as a treatment for the disease.

In truth, Ganoderma is a genus of mushrooms. So any conversation about Ganoderma is likely to be referring to one or more of the approximately 80 species of mushrooms in this genus. Of these, a number are believed to have medicinal properties, and are consequently used in the treatment of various illnesses. According to various sources, at least one autoimmune disease can be treated using the Ganoderma: Lupus.

Thanks to ongoing “conversations” between conventional medicine and alternative medicine, Westerners are becoming increasingly aware of these therapeutic mushroom species and their potential benefit. Some are willing to try them out to determine how effective they are. Others are more cautious, preferring to wait until studies have been carried out by scientists. Once the mushrooms have been analyzed and their pharmacological properties determined, they will decide whether to adopt them for …


How to Treat Lupus Naturally

The conventional treatment for lupus can be daunting. So it should not come as a surprise that some patients are interested in learning how to treat lupus naturally.

As can be expected, this is a controversial issue. Many question alternative approaches to medicine, convinced that the only legitimate form of medicine is conventional medicine: that which is taught in Western schools of medicine. They think that those who claim to know how to treat lupus naturally are wrong.

However, the truth of the matter is that many non-conventional forms of medical treatment have thrived over the centuries in different cultures because they have worked consistently. Acupuncture is one such form of treatment. Many will attest that it has helped them to manage the worst of their pain, even though they started out as skeptics.

Western science may not understand why these methods work, but that doesn’t render them illegitimate. It simply means that time and effort has to be …


Lupus Pain Management

For those living with lupus, pain management is an essential part of treatment. This is because lupus, being a systemic disease, comes with a wide range of symptoms, including different types of pain.

Different conditions associated with lupus tend to be accompanied by pain. These include arthritis, a condition characterized by the inflammation of the joints. Not only does this inflammation occasion stiffness, but it also comes with pain and discomfort. Lupus patients with arthritis experience pain whenever they try to use the affected joints.

This pain can be immobilizing. As their arthritis worsens, a number of patients stop engaging in tasks that involve the use of the affected joints. If they had previously exercised regularly, they stop exercising. Those living with other inflammatory issues due to lupus are similarly affected. So are those with painful conditions such as neuralgia and fibromyalgia. Because intermittent or constant pain has a negative impact on health and quality of life, action must be …


Treating Lupus (SLE): Ayurveda

Ayurveda is an Indian traditional system of medicine. When treating lupus, ayurveda is one of the alternative medical approaches considered. For sufferers of SLE, ayurveda may offer hope: It is a complex system of medicine, incorporating eight different components or fields, and is more than 3,000 years old. So it stands to reason that ayurvedic medications and techniques have something to offer to patients suffering from a variety of diseases.

 

Lupus, Ayurveda, and Some Medicinal Plants

 

To treat lupus, ayurveda offers a variety of drugs made from medicinal plants. These include immunomodulatory drugs based on Rubea cordifolia, Withania somnifera, Piper longum, and Tinospora cordifolia among others. Phyllanthus emblica, Picrorhiza  kurroa, and Balsamodendron mukul are among the plants that can be used to create medication for skin problems. For the neuropsychiatric problems associated with lupus, drugs made from Raulwofia serpentia, Bacopa monnieri, and Nardostachys jatamansi may be used.

 

SLE, Ayurveda, and Some Concerns

 

The biggest concern …


Lupus, AIDS: Are They Connected?

Some people hold on to the belief that great advances in science will cure all disease. However, the persistence of diseases such as lupus, AIDS pose a challenge to that belief. Both diseases are chronic, and, to different extents, they are terminal. Are they connected to each other, and if so, in what ways?

 

Some Possible Lupus-AIDS connections

 

One would be hard-put to trace a direct lupus-AIDS connection. What the two diseases have in common is the fact that they affect the immune system. However, they do so in different ways. Lupus triggers higher than normal immune-system sensitivity: Instead of limiting its attacks to foreign bodies, the immune system attacks the body’s normal cells as well. As for AIDS, it impairs the capacity of the immune system to function. Thus, the body no longer has ample protection when it is exposed to pathogens. Without assistance, the body succumbs to infection and to certain forms of cancer.

Does this …


Lupus Anticoagulant Treatment

Lupus anticoagulant treatment is a form of treatment which some lupus patients undergo when they are demonstrated to be at high risk of developing blood clots.

The term “lupus anticoagulant” can be misleading because it implies that patients with lupus are at risk of developing higher than normal levels of an anticoagulant in their blood. In fact, it is not an anticoagulant that accumulates in their blood. Rather, it is an immunoglobin which promotes coagulation. This causes increased blood clotting.

The reason for the misnomer can be attributed to the fact that, when the immunoglobin’s chemical properties were first tested in a test tube, it had the effect of preventing coagulation. It turned out that the immunoglobin had the exact opposite effect within the body: It increased the likelihood of thrombosis.

It is important to note that, while lupus patients have a higher than normal risk of developing this condition, most patients with the condition do not have lupus. In …


Lupus and Yoga

Various alternative and complementary approaches to healthcare have been suggested for the treatment of lupus, and yoga is among the more popular ones.

 

Yoga, Lupus, and Rheumatoid Arthritis

 

Yoga has been recommended for those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis. Like lupus, rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory and autoimmune disease. In addition, joint inflammation, which is the primary symptom of rheumatoid arthritis, is often a symptom experienced by lupus patients. The latter condition has aptly been referred to as lupus arthritis. So it is not unusual that yoga, which has proven effective in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, should be similarly effective in the treatment of lupus.

 

The Benefits of Yoga for Lupus Patients

 

Many complications affect those living with lupus, and yoga is a practice well placed to deal with these complications. For one, lupus can be a tremendously painful condition. Lupus patients often have to live with different forms of pain, which may be related directly …


How to Detect Lupus

Because lupus can be a debilitating disease if left untreated for long, early diagnosis is ideal. Knowing how to detect lupus is critical as it can ensure that a patient gets the appropriate treatment when it is most likely to be effective.

Lupus is one of several inflammatory autoimmune diseases. Not surprisingly, its symptoms can be similar to the symptoms of other diseases. So it is possible for a doctor to misdiagnose it: Without an in depth understanding of how to detect lupus, a doctor may miss a critical step and mistake lupus for another disease.

For this reason, the diagnosis of lupus is not based solely on a review of one’s physical symptoms. The diagnostic process has several steps, each of which should ideally rule out a number of conditions. A doctor who follows each of these steps carefully and keeps an eye out for possible errors (such as false positives or false negatives on tests) is likely to …


Acupuncture and Lupus

Discussions of the effectiveness of alternative medicine often touch on acupuncture, and lupus is among the diseases that are cited in such discussions. This makes sense. Acupuncture falls under the umbrella of complementary and alternative medicine, but it is also widely recognized by the general public. In fact, many people think of it as a legitimate form of treatment for a wide variety of ailments, especially those that involve pain. Lupus happens to be one such disease.

Chinese medicine is the field of knowledge that has given us acupuncture, and lupus happens to be one of the diseases for which Chinese medicine is said to be particularly effective. Chinese medicine has a different understanding of the human body from conventional Western medicine. For this reason, practitioners of acupuncture usually explain how the technique works using the Chinese medical frame of reference. The fact that acupuncture seems to work for many people suggests that we have much to learn from cultures …


Homeopathy for Lupus

Using homeopathy for lupus is one form of alternative medicine. Homeopathy is a form of medical practice that originated in Germany in the 18th century. It grows out of the idea that a disease such as lupus can be cured by administering a substance that would cause similar symptoms in a healthy person. The substance tends to be administered in highly diluted form so that its active ingredient will not harm the patient.

 

The Controversy Surrounding the Use of Homeopathy for Lupus

 

Homeopathy is a controversial form of treatment. Its effectiveness has been challenged by those who point out that it does not follow some fundamental physics and chemistry concepts. To cut a long story short, it is challenging, at best, to explain how homeopathic remedies work using science. The remedies are so highly diluted that one would be hard-put to explain how using homeopathy for lupus could have any effect on the patient’s condition.

Homeopathic remedies …


Lupus Assistance

Many lupus patients suffer from some form of disability: mild or extensive. Fortunately for these men and women with lupus, assistance is available in the forms of occupational and physical therapy.

Occupational and physical therapy are a very important part of medical practice. This is because they play an important role in helping patients regain ability in the aftermath of an accident or a debilitating disease. Because they work closely with their patients, occupational and physical therapists gain a good sense of their struggles and of the challenges that they face.

For those with lupus, assistance in the form of rehabilitation can be a lifesaver. These patients have to deal with physical, mental and emotional challenges and their cumulative impact on their body systems. Learning to make do in spite of these symptoms is critical if they are to lead full lives.

 

Lupus Assistance from Physical and Occupational Therapists

 

So, for instance, a patient whose mobility is limited …


Lupus Physician Selection

In some ways, lupus is a little-understood disease. This is why it is important for patients to seek the advice of a lupus physician, a medical professional who is specialized in treating lupus and has years of experience under his or her wings.

Many lupus patients have a difficult time getting diagnosed in the first place, and even after diagnosis, it can be tricky for them to manage the disease well. This is because some medical professionals misdiagnose it, attributing the patients’ symptoms to another disease (whose treatment may be drastically different). If this happens, the disease may advance and do great harm to the patient before the mistake is caught.

Even when medical professionals manage to narrow the diagnosis down to lupus, there is still a risk that they will face challenges prescribing the appropriate mode of treatment for the patients’ symptoms. This is because some lupus symptoms may be attributable to different causes. For instance, pain in …


Lupus (SLE), Stem Cell Transplant

For people living with lupus, stem cell transplant is one possible form of treatment. This is one of the more complicated forms of treatment currently being developed for SLE. Stem cell transplant is also expensive, and potentially dangerous. Furthermore, even when it is successful, patients may ultimately relapse.

 

Stem Cell Transplant for Lupus: What It Involves

 

It must be pointed out that, while a lot of resources have been devoted to research on this treatment for lupus, stem cell transplant is still a long way from becoming a regular treatment for the average lupus patient. It is possible that, some day, advances in technology and in our understanding of the immune system will minimize the risks associated with stem cell transplant. But it seems more likely that it will remain a form of treatment for the minority, most likely for those for whom other forms of treatment have failed.

It is often the case that early diagnosis and …


A Lupus Database Helps Scientific Study

So what does it mean, when scientists say they are studying lupus? In many cases, it means they are analyzing a lupus database – a collection of statistics about the disease. A “database” is simply a group of facts organized in a particular way; you don’t need a computer to have a database, although computers certainly make organizing faster and easier. The type of database depends on the study. For example, a study about women with lupus symptoms would require a lupus database that only contained information about women: it might include ages, racial heritage, economic status and perhaps family or medical history. It would not include any information gathered from men and children, as this “data” would not be useful for the study.

Databases of this type are not like medical records; they do not include personal names or home addresses. Sometimes region can be a significant factor, or economic status – but in most cases, general information is …


Closer Than Ever To Curing Lupus, Naturally & Allopathically

At this time, it cannot be said that curing lupus, naturally or traditionally, is possible for everyone with lupus all the time, no matter what. Every person is unique, and lupus is different for every person. That said, the current advances in medical research have given doctors a whole new understanding of the underlying causes of the disease, which means the days of simply treating symptoms and hoping for the best are over. And although a universal cure isn’t quite available yet, remission of symptoms is a very attainable goal.

Any treatment for lupus should have the approval of a qualified physician, but not every treatment must necessarily include only traditional (allopathic) treatment approaches. Mainstream medicine advocates drug regimens to control lupus symptoms, and additional drugs to control the side effects of the lupus drugs. It’s a vicious cycle that takes a toll on the body.

The homeopathic approach to disease treatment looks at root cause, symptoms, family and medical …


Alternative Treatment for Lupus: CAM Therapies

Alternative treatment for lupus has become widely popular because of the serious side effects that conventional medication often causes. The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) is a subdivision of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). It describes CAM as “a group of diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not presently considered to be part of conventional medicine.” (Lupus Foundation of America, 2005)

CAM is designed to enhance the benefits of conventional medicine. Acupuncture, for example, may be used to treat acute pain if prescription drugs are causing a great deal of complications. Those patients who decide to go with CAM, it becomes important to find a physician who has a favorable attitude toward these methods, and also to seek professional, licensed CAM practitioners. CAM therapies are generally based on a holistic view of medicine and integrate various methods for optimum results. Practitioners traditionally view disease as an imbalance of the physical, social, …


Defeating Lupus: Breakthrough Discoveries, Better Medicine

Although effective treatment can tame lupus in many patients, some still struggle daily with the disease. Yet, there is hope for anyone with lupus: breakthrough advances in medical and scientific study have given doctors a better understanding of the disease, and new methods to treat it.

Current drug treatments for lupus are so hard on the body it can sometimes seem as though the cure is no better than the disease. However, scientists are working on several different approaches to drug therapy in order to reduce side effects as much as possible. The focus is mainly on two types of white blood cells: B cells – produced in bone marrow – and T cells, which begin growth in the marrow and mature in a gland in the chest called the thymus. In healthy people, B cells and T cells work together to produce the antibody proteins that fight disease and infection. Scientists have discovered that in lupus patients, B cells …


Methods for Detecting Lupus

Because lupus is different for everyone, it isn’t always easy to diagnose. Doctors rely heavily on patients’ descriptions of symptoms; detecting lupus before symptoms appear is not yet possible – although, as scientists continue to study the disease, better means of detection and treatment will be discovered.

For a diagnosis of systemic lupus, a patient must display at least four of the eleven total symptoms outlined by the American College of Rheumatology (although it is possible for a patient to have lupus with fewer than four symptoms in evidence.) Based on the patient’s self-report, the doctor will run a series of tests, to determine whether an autoimmune disease is actually present, and if so, what type. Other tests determine which areas of the body show the highest concentrations of autoantibody (autoimmune) cells.

The eleven symptoms include: several types of skin rashes, especially a malar or “butterfly” rash over the nose and cheekbones; photosensitivity (sensitivity to light); mouth or nasal sores; …


Reversing Lupus Osteoporosis & Relieving Rheumatoid Arthritis

Although reversing lupus itself is perhaps too lofty a goal – at least for now – secondary diseases that commonly develop in conjunction with lupus, such as osteoporosis and rheumatoid arthritis, will not necessarily leave the patient permanently incapacitated. Current advances in medical treatments mean doctors have many types of tools to combat and even undo damage caused by secondary (also called “overlap”) conditions.
Osteoporosis can develop for several different reasons, but when it appears together with lupus, it is usually the result of long-term corticosteroid use. Steroids like Prednisone are prescribed to halt the autoimmune antibody attacks on healthy tissue, but they interfere with the natural process by which the body re-grows lost bone cells, leaving the bones weak and brittle. Lupus antibodies may also attack bone cells directly. And the fatigue that many lupus patients experience can lead to a sedentary lifestyle, which also weakens bone structure and leads to bone loss.

Rheumatoid Arthritis is considered an autoimmune …


Lupus, Reflexology and Mood: Comfort As a Cure

Though it isn’t a cure for lupus, reflexology can aid the healing process for lupus patients, as it relies on soothing, comforting contact – perhaps the oldest and most fundamental form of medicine. Physical symptoms aren’t the only complications, with lupus; mood disorders, especially depression, develop in about 60% of lupus patients.

This is partly due to the physical changes that the most common immunosuppressant medications can cause: weight gain, swelling around the face, a buildup of fluid in the limbs and hair loss are among the most common. However, episodes of low mood or anxiety can also result from chronic pain or illness, or from sleep disturbances. Because long periods of deep depression can cause patients to withdraw, stop taking proper care of their bodies or even consider self-harm, physicians take mood disorders very seriously.

Though more research is needed before alternative medicine will be universally accepted as a legitimate approach to physical healing, there is little doubt in the …


Controlling Lupus: If At First, You Don’t Succeed…

Every lupus patient is unique, and controlling lupus isn’t a matter of finding a “one size fits all” remedy. Symptoms vary depending on family history, medical history and individual genetic makeup. Some have great difficulty with pain, some struggle with chronic fatigue – and some face serious medical complications with major organs like the heart and kidneys, or with the nervous system.

That’s why open communication with the primary caregiver is so important. Lupus cycles between flares and periods of remission, and symptoms – or their level of severity – can change as the disease progresses. Controlling lupus is much easier when patient and doctor become adept at recognizing and addressing new developments early on.

Methods depend on symptoms, but also on the physician’s preferred method of treatment and on the patient’s preferences. Generally, lupus autoimmune antibodies are treated with a combination of corticosteroids or immunosuppressants and ibuprofen or acetaminophen-based anti-inflammatories (also called NSAIDs, or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.) While this …


Lupus, Pilates and the Benefits of Strength and Flexibility

Moderate forms of exercise are best for lupus, pilates in particular. It combines strength training with stretching and fluid, smooth movements; each exercise engages several muscle groups at once, but does not place undue strain on bones or joints. As many secondary diseases associated with lupus can weaken these areas of the body, the pilates method is in many ways an ideal approach to fitness for the lupus patient.

Pilates was developed by Joseph Pilates, who suffered from a number of chronic ailments in childhood, including asthma, rickets and rheumatic fever. He improved his own health by designing a fitness regimen that utilized resistance in combination with rhythmic, body-conscious motions. Pilates is intended for all fitness levels and can be modified to accommodate limited mobility; soldiers, ballet dancers and people in wheelchairs have all used it to improve strength and endurance and correct problems with posture and body mechanics. Best of all, the level of intensity for each exercise is …


Taming Lupus: Massage Therapy Eases Pain and Distress

Although it is a type of therapy dating back thousands of years, it is still an effective treatment for lupus: massage therapy, the most popular type of alternative care in the United States, can relieve a surprising number of immune-related symptoms.

There are about 80 different styles of massage practiced today. The most commonly used are:

  1. Swedish massage, which uses smooth strokes to prepare the body for massage, squeezing and circular pressure to release tension and break up scar tissue and light tapping with the hands or fingers.
  2. Neuromuscular massage, which works on key “trigger points” in the body to relieve nerve pressure and improve circulation and posture.
  3. Deep-tissue massage, a series of slow, heavy-pressure strokes designed to release chronic tension and pain in the muscles. It can also be effective treatment for some muscle injuries, such as sprains.
  4. Sports massage, which employs a variety of techniques to increase athletic performance and aid flexibility. Sports massage can also be

Benefitting From Lupus (SLE) Physiotherapy

Unlike drug treatments, lupus physiotherapy treatments utilize direct, “hands-on” methods to heal. Especially in the case of SLE physiotherapy, which might require multi-faceted plan designed to address a variety of disease symptoms, treatments could include exercise, massage, heat and cold, stretching and nerve stimulation.

Physiotherapy doesn’t target the autoimmune deficiency that causes tissue damage. Instead, it strengthens the healthy tissues and bones to protect them from further injury and eases pain and stiffness in damaged muscles and joints. Often, this strengthening process is a group effort, with a doctor specializing in physical medicine (a physiatrist) supervising a team including physical therapists and other specialists in rehabilitation medicine. At other times, the patient’s primary physician will simply write a referral to a certified physical therapist. Treatment can happen in a doctor’s office or rehabilitation clinic, or may depend mostly on a set of instructions for the patient to follow at home, designed specifically for the patient by the physical therapist …


Tumid Lupus Symptoms in Discoid and SLE Patients

Patients with tumid lupus symptoms do not necessarily have systemic lupus erythematosis; tumid lupus, a form of lupus specific to the skin, is more often associated with discoid lupus, also a skin disease. The difference between skin-related lupus types lies in their symptoms and severity – although the classifications are, admittedly, a matter of debate.

Some doctors think of tumid lupus as another kind of cutaneous (skin) lupus, but many others believe it to be a separate disease in its own right. At any rate, it is the mildest of several possible chronic skin disorders that, taken together, are observed in about 15% – 20% of lupus patients.

Unlike discoid lupus, which forms scaly patches and clogs hair follicles, or the “butterfly rash” that is often the first sign of systemic lupus, patients with tumid lupus have red or purplish patches under the skin that remain smooth and soft to the touch. The patches, or lesions, are actually deposits of a …


Lupus, Dating and Intimacy

For people with lupus, dating can seem like nothing but potential hazards, with little chance of finding that certain person who makes it all worthwhile. The thing to keep in mind is that lupus will never be more important than the person who has it. As much as is possible, people with lupus should stay actively engaged with life – that includes social situations and yes, even the pursuit of love.

There are some undeniable physical concerns. Chronic fatigue, a symptom that develops in about eighty percent of lupus patients, makes it difficult to muster the energy to go out, and is often associated with mild to severe depression – not an ideal state of mind for someone planning a date. Certain lupus medications can also result in a lack of desire for intimacy, or have side effects that cause exhaustion or nausea.

A good ninety-five percent of lupus patients experience joint pain. When any movement is painful, dating doesn’t …


Important Steps for Preventing Lupus Nephritis

Over one-third of patients develop nephritis, a form of kidney disease, within the first five years of a lupus diagnosis. Preventing lupus nephritis entirely is perhaps too much to ask – nephritis doesn’t always have visible or painful symptoms in the beginning, and isn’t always recognized before it becomes serious. But there are steps a person with lupus can take to protect the kidneys and keep them as healthy and disease-free as possible.

The kidneys work as a filter system for the body, absorbing nutrients, screening out toxins, maintaining proper types and amounts of vital bodily fluids and regulating blood pressure. The structures in the kidneys that do the filtering are called nephrons; when lupus causes inflammation in the nephrons, they are unable to remove wastes from the blood, and swelling (edema) in the limbs. Left untreated, nephritis can lead to total kidney failure and leave the lupus patient dependant on dialysis.

The typical solution to nephritis is prescription medication. …


Fighting Lupus In All Stages Of Life

Although it is most likely to develop between the ages of fifteen and forty-five, lupus can happen at any age. Fighting lupus at ten, however, is a different matter than fighting it at sixty. Young bodies and older bodies have different needs, and lupus can show itself in very different ways, depending on age of onset.

For children, there are two main difficulties: first, the length of time it can take for a correct diagnosis to be made, and secondly, the dangerous effects of immunosuppressive medications on growing bodies. Lupus isn’t easily recognized in children; it can seem like the flu, or have no obvious outward symptoms at all, at least at first. This means that, by the time the doctor recognizes the true problem, the disease has progressed to a severe level, and heavy doses of drugs are required to halt autoimmune activity. And immunosuppressants, unfortunately, are hard on children’s bodies. They interfere with proper growth, cause acne and …


Reverse Lupus Damage and Restore Health

Lupus can attack any system in the body, and the damage might not show, at first. The good news is that it’s possible to reverse lupus damage and minimize or even prevent flares that would otherwise inflame tissues and weaken the body again.

One of the earliest signs of lupus is skin damage, the classic butterfly rash over the nose and cheekbones, scaly, irritated patches of skin, little purplish spots caused by autoimmune damage to the blood vessels. Joint and muscle pain may develop, and a sensitivity to sunlight that results in rashes and can trigger symptom flares.

A far more serious kind of lupus damage, nephritis, occurs when autoimmune cells destroy the kidneys’ ability to filter wastes from the blood. Left untreated, the buildup of toxins in the body can become fatal. Also common for lupus patients is osteoporosis, a condition wherein the bones become brittle due to rapid cell deterioration.

Women with lupus are at risk to develop …


Don’t Give Up – Learn How To Fight Lupus

As the symptoms persist and the body grows sore and weary, it’s natural to wonder how to fight lupus – or to wonder whether the disease can be fought at all. Maybe it seems like lupus wins, no matter what. The good news is, there are lots of ways to fight, both at home and as part of a greater community.

Although a guaranteed, 100% effective cure for lupus doesn’t yet exist, current treatment methods do control symptoms and keep the body from harming itself, and doctors and scientists are finding new and better treatments all the time. The latest drug approved by the FDA, called “Benlysta,” is reported to lower the number of autoimmune antibodies in the bloodstream. It reduces the need for high amounts of steroid suppressants, and it seems to have fewer side effects than other traditional medications.

Alternative medicine is also growing in popularity among lupus patients, as it provides relief without the side effects and …


Studies For Treatment And Prevention Of Lupus (SLE)

So far, there are no clear answers regarding prevention of lupus. The body of scientific information mainly concerns drug studies for sle; of prevention, less is said, as doctors do not have a full understanding of the underlying causes of the disease. However, medical science continues to study lupus and seek new and better treatments for lupus symptoms. Eventually, as the results of these studies give scientists a clearer picture of the disease, lupus prevention will become possible.

In the meantime, new, more effective treatment methods are also being explored. Genes in DNA that may act as predictors of a person’s susceptibility to lupus are under study, as are biomarkers, molecules that act a certain way in the blood or tissue, indicating the presence of specific diseases in the body.

A more invasive treatment called immunoablation is also under study, although the procedure is extremely dangerous and would only be used as a last resort. With immunoablation, strong drugs …


Healthy Choices: How To Prevent Lupus Disease Flare-Ups

The underlying cause of lupus isn’t entirely clear. The question of how to prevent lupus disease flare-ups, however, can be answered definitively: keep the body in good overall health, and learn effective ways to deal with stress. Understanding flares and their causes is a good way to begin.

A “lupus flare” is a sudden increase in symptoms after a period of remission. Photosensitivity – an extreme reaction to sunlight – is a very common trigger for lupus flares. Medications can bring on an increase in lupus symptoms, as can an extended period of emotional stress. Smoking is almost guaranteed to bring on flares.

The signs a flare is coming are much like the initial indicators of the disease: fever, joint pain, headache, dizziness, rashes and stomach problems. Although it is not always possible to prevent lupus flares entirely, if the patient is in good physical health while in remission, this lessens the chances of flare-up and helps control any symptoms …


Lupus (SLE) Disease Treatment Options

There are two schools of thought on lupus disease treatment. Traditionally in the United States, systemic lupus is treated with prescription medications. However, alternative sle disease treatment methods involving naturopathy, homeopathy and other alternative medical disciplines are also gaining a following in the US.

Drug therapy is straightforward: it uses NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) such as aspirin and Tylenol to control inflammation, and immunosuppressive drugs such as corticosteroids or anti-malarials to halt immune system activity and prevent further tissue damage. Although relief from symptoms is important both to ease patient discomfort and prevent serious damage to major organs, immunosuppresives do make patients vulnerable to infections, and can have a number of serious side effects that worsen with long-term use. Nonetheless, most doctors will recommend a drug regimen for the treatment of lupus disease, as scientific studies have, until recently, focused mainly on pharmaceutical cures.

 

Alternative Treatment for Lupus Disease

 

While medication is the primary tool in traditional …


Healing Lupus (SLE) Naturally Through Alternative Medicine

Patients who find traditional medical treatments ineffective might consider healing lupus naturally. As systemic lupus symptoms vary, healing SLE naturally requires a combination of methods and medicines specific to the patient, just as traditional medicine does. However, traditional treatment utilizes very powerful drugs that not only suppress the body’s immune system, leaving it vulnerable to viral and bacterial infection, but also have serious side effects and can damage the major organs with long-term use.

Alternative treatments for lupus aren’t necessarily new or radical. Chinese medicine, for example, has a number of traditional and very complex herbal remedies for a variety of lupus symptoms ranging from inflammation and rash to digestive and heart complaints. There are also national and international organizations devoted to natural medicine, including the Bastyr Center for Natural Health and the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. In addition to providing online access to current information about medicines and medical techniques, these institutions fund research and …


With Alternative Medicine, Lupus Patients See Hope

With alternative medicine, lupus sees potential doorways to a host of effective treatments that ease or eradicate symptoms. Lupus is an autoimmune disease that is often difficult to treat and a mystery to manage. It affects people in very different ways, and so the treatment for each patient must also be carefully personalized.

Lupus is a multi-faceted disease that is triggered by an overactive response by a person’s immune system. Although lupus can affect any part of the body, the organs that are hardest hit include the skin, kidney, joints, and liver.

 

With Lupus, Alternative Medicine Breaks Through Symptoms

 

There is solid evidence that DHEA benefits Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE). (Mayo Clinic, 2011) The body makes DHEA, which is a hormone that breaks down into sex hormones, androgen and estrogen. The body is able to produce less as it ages. It is also depleted with the use of certain drugs.

Thundergod vine is a perrenial that has been …


Alternative Therapies For Lupus: Controlling An Immune System in Panic

With lupus, alternative therapies show great promise in complementing a medical treatment and in prevention of relapse. Lupus is an autoimmune disease that is triggered by an immune system that suddenly fails to function, turning against the body that it frantically tries to defend. When the immune system goes haywire, lupus can manifest in any organ, especially the skin, joints, and kidneys.

Lupus medications include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, antimalarial drugs, and corticosteroids. These often have unpleasant and sometime very dangerous side effects. Many patients are turning to natural therapies to counteract these effects and to improve quality of life.  Boswellia (Indian frankincense) is an herb that may be effective in moderating the human system. Thundergod vine has been used in Chinese medicine for 400 years to treat disorders, including those of the immune system. The US Dept. of Health & Human Services acknowledges these herbs as potential alternatives to treating lupus, but it also strongly recommends caution and expert guidance.…


The Ultimate Question: Can Lupus Kill You?

Have you been diagnosed with lupus? You may be find yourself thinking ‘Can lupus kill you?’ Some studies show that between 10 – 15% percent of people diagnosed with lupus will die prematurely from complications of lupus (Lupus Foundation of America, 2011). However, according to The John Hopkins Arthritis Center (2007), although the course of lupus varies from person to person, overall, the life expectancy is quite normal.

 

Does Lupus Kill You?

 

Does lupus kill? Back in 2002, The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported an increase of death among African American women between ages 45-64, but it was not clear whether this was due to more accurate diagnosis and reporting or to the disease itself. In the 1950’s, 50% of lupus patients lived more than 4 years after being diagnosed – now, 80-90% are living over 10 years past diagnosis (Cureforlupus.org, 2011).

Approximately 37% of SLE deaths occur between the ages of 15 and …


Lupus Nutrition That Works

Lupus nutrition is an important part of the healing process. Your diet should include foods that help calm inflammation and not aggravate symptoms or trigger flare-ups. With lupus, the immune system is impaired and over-reacts when it comes in contact with contaminants. It is an autoimmune disorder that often affects the skin, joints, kidneys, liver and lungs. The inflammation can also affect the nervous system in more serious cases.

Fat, salt, and animal protein should be limited. This may help to control the immune response. Steer clear of dairy products and sugary foods especially when you have an infection as these make it worse. Other things to avoid include alfalfa sprouts and nightshade vegetables like eggplants and potatoes, which contain chemicals that may worsen pain.

Great foods to add to your menu include salmon, mackerel, and sardines, which are abundant in Omega-3s, which keep inflammation in check. Try supplementing if you don’t have much of a taste for fish. Studies …


Is Lupus Curable Today?

The first question that comes to mind when you’ve just been diagnosed with lupus is ‘Is lupus curable?’ The medical definition of ‘cure’ is ‘restoration to health of a person afflicted with a disease or other disorder…the favorable outcome of the treatment of a disease or other disorder…a course of therapy, a medication, a therapeutic measure, or another remedy used in treatment of a medical problem…’ (Mosby’s Medical Dictionary, 2009)

Medical literature considers lupus an ‘incurable’ illness but patients are living symptom-free lives. According to the medical definition, these patients, who have undergone some treatment, have had favorable outcome, and have experienced a ‘restoration to health’, have indeed been cured. The patient may fall into relapse…or they may remain symptom-free for the rest of their lives.

 

Treatments That May Make Lupus Curable In The Future

 

Some health experts do believe that lupus, curable or not, can be managed to a point where patients live as though …


Lupus Homeopathic Treatment: What It Is

Lupus homeopathic treatment has been used for hundreds of years. Homeopathy is a healing method which as been used since the days of Hippocrates, the first known physician. Homeopathic medicines work by stimulating the body’s natural healing system. It was discovered by a German doctor, Samuel Hahnemann, who saw that medical treatments could harm patients as much as help them, with serious side effects. He found that homeopathic formulas were more potent in low doses.

Lupus is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks the body itself, causing damage to organs such as the skin, joints, kidneys, lungs, and liver. Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is the most common form of lupus. More than 90% of people with lupus have skin rashes, often triggered by exposure to the sun, and about half have kidney and lung problems. SLE is marked often by extreme fatigue, arthritic conditions, muscle pain and stiffness, nausea, and depression.

 

Lupus Homeopathic Medicine

 

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New Treatments for Lupus Already Being Used

New treatments for lupus are giving lupus patients new hope and excitement. Benlysta, also known as ‘belimumab’, was approved just last March approved by the FDA, to specifically treat lupus. However, Benlysta, as with any synthetic drug, still comes with side effects that are sometimes severe enough to trigger a whole new set of symptoms, including depression, cancer, infections, and suicidal tendencies. The benefits are reported to be ‘marginal’ (New York Times, Nov. 2011). With any new pharmaceutical drug, patients should be optimistic about its effectiveness, but also watchful, in how it personally affects them.

Stem Cell Therapy is considered relatively new, although it has been used in Europe and in the United States for some time now, to treat autoimmune disorders that have not been helped by more conventional methods.

Tacrolimus (Protopic) and pimecrolimus (Elidel) are a new class of drugs created to treat the skin rashes and lesions that may accompany lupus, without the more serious …


Lupus Herbal Cure: Medicinal Plants

A Lupus herbal cure is not officially recognized in American medicine, however, many patients who suffer from diseases such as lupus or SLE, are turning to herbal treatments to either prevent re-occurrences or to treat existing symptoms.

Many of the symptoms that result from the onset of lupus are related to inflammation. In lupus, the immune system goes into overdrive and ends up attacking the body it tries to defend. Many of the herbs used to treat lupus address the overactive immune system and the inflammation it causes. 

Thundergod vine is one herb that shows promise as a possible base for future lupus medicine. The Chinese have used it since ancient times to treat a variety of disorders including inflammation. It appears to relax the immune system and improve symptoms such as arthritis. Green tea contains polyphenols, chemicals known to control inflammation. Turmeric contains curcumin, which can also reduce inflammation as well as helping with digestion. Boswellia, also known …


Chemo For Lupus: How Safe Is It?

Chemo for lupus is generally reserved for severe organ malfunction. Inflammation is a major symptom of lupus so treatment is aimed at calming down it down. There are four classes of medications used in the treatment of lupus: (1) NSAIDs (Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) such as ibufprofen and naproxen; (2) corticosteroids such as predisone; (3) anti-malarials; and (4) immunosuppresants/ chemotherapy.

Chemotherapy is more widely known as a cancer treatment but it works for lupus because it controls the overactive immune system, although lupus is not a form of cancer. Because of the possible complications of chemo, it is used after all else has failed.

What is chemotherapy? It is the use of various chemicals to treat disease, most typically, cancer. Chemotherapy started back in World War II when sailors were found to have very low white blood cell counts after being exposed to mustard seed gas. Scientists wondered if this affect cancer cells in the same way. Sure enough, it did. …


Diets For Lupus: The Do’s And Don’ts

Diets for lupus should be well balanced and sprinkled with a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and oily fish The Lupus Foundation of America (2011) Poultry is fine but organic may be better since these are free from hormones and antibiotics. Eat red meat only in moderation and again, choose organic and avoid potentially aggravating toxins.

DO…eat oily fish! The omega-3 fatty acids in fish oils have been found to help reduce inflammation, lessen the risk of coronary artery disease, and lower blood pressure. It is especially important for women with lupus because they have a much higher risk for heart disease.

DON’T…eat alfalfa. It contains the amino acid, L-canavanine which may actually trigger lupus-like symptoms because it stimulates the immune system. DO…WITH CAUTION…add herbs, dietary supplements, or vitamins to your diet but be sure to consult with your doctor since supplements may interact with lupus medications. DON’T…drink alcohol unless you can do so in moderation. It …


How To Prevent Lupus If It Runs In Your Family

How to prevent lupus, when you know that a family member has it, is really a quest for optimum health. Lupus is partially hereditary. There have been genes associated with the likelihood someone may get it, but environmental factors also play a part in whether it manifests in one’s health or not.

If you know that lupus runs in your family, you’re first priority is prevention. This means staying on top of your health at all times and making wise lifestyle choices. If you smoke cigarettes, it’s time to let it go.  If you drink alcohol and cannot drink moderately, it’s time to eliminate alcoholic beverages completely. Red wine, however, may be an exception – but again, only in moderation. Excessive drinking can increase the risk for liver disease, high blood pressure, and certain cancers. Reservatrol, found in the skin of red grapes and red wine, is a powerful antioxidants that defend against the effects of toxins in the …


Lupus and Neuropathy

Lupus, and neuropathy that may result from SLE, is a complex challenge in medicine. Lupus is an autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system goes against itself, causing damage to organs, particularly, the skin, kidneys, liver, and lungs. Some patients also experience nerve distress and/ or damage. This is referred to as ‘neuropathy.’ The nerves become inflamed due to symptoms associated with the disease or as an effect of certain medications. When inflammation affects the brain, spinal cord, and nerves, it interferes with the Central Nervous System and consequently affects other parts of the body. This is called ‘peripheral neuropathy.’ About 10-15% of lupus patients develop peripheral neuropathy. If not addressed early, it can lead to psychosis, coma, transverse myelitis, meningitis, cognitive impairment, mental changes, seizures, and stroke.

Symptoms of peripheral neuropathy may be mild to more severe. There may be pain, numbness, or burning sensation in the hands, feet, legs and arms. There could …


Lupus Inhibitor: Belimumab

Lupus inhibitor, Belimumbab, has been approved by the FDA as a treatment for lupus. It works by inhibiting a protein called BLyS, which increases the cells that cause the immune system to go haywire. Belimumab (marketed under ‘Benlysta’) is a human antibody that mimics the ones naturally made by the immune system.

Lupus is an autoimmune disease that marks the malfunction of the immune system which over-reacts in defense of the body. The result is that it attacks itself in the process and causes a host of damage to different organs, mainly the skin, joints, and kidneys.

Researchers have found that belimumab reduced lupus symptoms and flare-ups as well decreasing the need for steroids (Lupus Alliance of America, Mar 2011.) However, the FDA also reports that there are likely side effects with Benlysta, such as headache, muscle pain, infection, and the flu. It is also important to note that suicidal tendencies were higher among groups taking Benlysta. All in …


Natural Healing In Ancient Times

Natural healing is not new, but rather, very old. Long before pharmaceuticals and hi-tech medical equipment, and even nutritional supplements, people relied on plant sources and natural methods to treat health problems. The ancient Mayans, for example, believed that health was a “balance”, and illness, therefore, was an “imbalance”. There were factors that influenced balance such as the seasons, one’s age, gender, and personality. Environmental factors such as extreme temperatures and diet also played a part in achieving balance.

The Mayans used several plants such a the Ek’ Balam shrub to heal damaged blood vessels, the bakalche tree to close wounds, and chaya, the Mayan spinach, for its high nutritional content of protein, calcium, iron and vitamins.

The Mayan’s form of physical therapy included the use of stones such as ‘piedra de ijada’ or known to us as ‘jade.’ Jade was recognized to have healing benefits to the kidneys. In fact, the stone was also named ‘lapis nephriticus’ and this …


Lupus Recovery After A Flare-up

Lupus recovery may happen quickly or slowly depending on your diet, health habits, lifestyle choices, and mental outlook and emotional attitude. Recovering from the havocs of lupus can be difficult and challenging because lupus can produces such a wide range of symptoms throughout many different parts of the body. Heavy medication used to treat lupus often treats but at the same time, causes additional side effects, further stressing the already fragile condition of the body in other ways.

Lupus is a disorder of the immune system. The body turns against itself in actually trying to defend itself from contaminants, causing damage to different organs, most commonly the skin, joints, kidneys, and liver.

A recovery plan should aim to prevent future flare-ups. That means revamping your diet and lifestyle to achieve top health at all times. Keeping a journal and recording your experiences with medications and other treatments will help to tailor a health plan that will keep you from having …


Lupus Relief From Pain: Prescription and OTC Painkillers

Lupus relief is often illusive because it is a chronic disorder that can affect multiple parts of the body. Oftentimes, the medical drugs used to alleviate pain end up causing other complications, especially when taken for a long period of time.

Lupus is marked by an overactive and inappropriate immune response. The body comes in contact with a contaminant and the immune system ‘panics’, tries to destroy it, and ends up attacking itself. Lupus often targets the joints, skin, kidneys, and liver but may affect any part of the body. The inflammation that accompanies lupus often causes pain that may range from mild to intolerable.

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDs, are available over-the-counter and may be used to treat pain and fever associated with lupus. These include naproxen (Aleve) and ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin.) When needed, stronger versions of these are available by prescription. Follow the indications on the label carefully and don’t stay on these pills for longer than suggested. …


Remission From Lupus

Remission from lupus may happen quickly or slowly depending on your diet, health habits, lifestyle choices, and mental outlook and emotional attitude. Recovering from the havocs of lupus can be difficult and challenging because lupus can produces such a wide range of symptoms throughout many different parts of the body. Heavy medication used to treat lupus often treats but at the same time, causes additional side effects, further stressing the already fragile condition of the body in other ways.

Lupus is a disorder of the immune system. The body turns against itself in actually trying to defend itself from contaminants, causing damage to different organs, including the skin, joints, kidneys, and blood cells (Mayo Clinic, Aug 2011).

A recovery plan should aim to prevent future flare-ups. That means revamping your diet and lifestyle to achieve top health at all times. Keeping a journal and recording your experiences with medications and other treatments will help to tailor a health plan that …


Treating Lupus Naturally: Lifestyle

Treating lupus naturally can be effective, especially in the long term. It is the best method for prevention of flare-ups. Sometimes, the simplest changes you make to your daily living can make the biggest difference in your healing.

Diet is the basis for good health and quick healing. In almost any case of illness, a person most often will intuitively make dietary changes. Plan well-balanced meals that includes fresh fruits, vegetables that are grown organically. This will lessen the chances of harmful contaminants triggering your immune system to go into panic mode. A flare-up occurs when your immune system perceives a substance to be potentially harmful and goes out of control in trying to attack it. It eventually ends up doing the opposite, and instead, destroys itself.

Lupus can produce mild to severe symptoms. It is a chronic disorder of the immune system that may attack the skin, liver, kidney, and lungs, although it can affect just about any organ …


Chemotherapy For Lupus

Chemotherapy for lupus in high doses for four days has been shown to be effective in treating some patients. The chemicals suppress and rebalance the immune system. Since it is short-term, it does not cause infertility, as it may a cancer treatment. (John Hopkins Lupus Center, 2003)

Chemotherapy is the use of a variety of chemicals to treat a disease. It is most widely known as a cancer treatment but also works for lupus because it can work to suppress an overactive immune system. Because of the side effects associated with chemotherapy, it is often used as a last resort medical treatment.

Chemotherapy agent, Cyclophosphamide is a drug generally used to treat different types of cancer but is also used for lupus, especially for severe organ damage. It can be taken orally or intravenously to reduce the chances of bladder and oral complication. It is necessary to drink plenty of fluids so that the chemicals do not remain concentrated in …


Curing Lupus When You’re Told It Can’t Be Done

Curing lupus may be challenging but it is not impossible. If we take the definition of ‘cure’ to be ‘recover or relief from a particular disease’ (Miriam-Webster Dictionary, 2011), then each time a patient goes into a ‘remission’, that person is, then technically ‘cured.’ An illness is essentially only an illness if it manifests in symptoms that have a destructive effect on the body.

Lupus is a chronic disorder of the immune system when one’s immune system becomes hyperactive and turns against itself, damaging organs such as the skin, joints, kidneys, and liver. It is a complex disease that manifests differently from patient to patient.

The medical society does not acknowledge a ‘cure’ for lupus because its causes are not yet known. Research shows that there is an inherited predisposition that may make it likely for one to get lupus; however, other factors seem to play a part, such as environmental factors and stress.

 

Curing Lupus Naturally

 

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New Treatment For Lupus: Benlysta

A new treatment for lupus became available to patients last March. Belimumab, also known as LymphoStat-B, and marketed under the trade name ‘Benlysta’ is the first drug in many decades to be approved by the FDA as a treatment for lupus.

Lupus is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system turns on itself, causing destruction to the skin, joints, kidneys, lungs, and just about any part of the body. Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is the active form of lupus. More than 90% of people with lupus have skin rashes, often triggered by exposure to the sun, and about half have kidney and lung problems. SLE may be accompanied by extreme fatigue, arthritic conditions, muscle pain and stiffness, nausea, and depression.

 

New Lupus Treatment: Possible Side Effects

 

New lupus treatments, as with any new medication, should be carefully monitored for possible side effects. Belimumab may cause the following in some patients: nausea, diarrhea, headaches, and sinus congestion. The …


Alternative Treatments for Lupus

Alternative treatments for lupus range from nutritional therapy to biofeedback. The most common reason why lupus patients turn to alternative therapies is that they may be experiencing severe side effects from their medication.

Lupus drugs include Benlysta, anti-malarial agents, corticosteroids, and a variety of painkillers, including opioids. Since lupus is a chronic disorder, a patient may likely remain on these medications for long periods of time, increasing the chances of suffering from side effects which can range from mild to severe.

Benlysta has been recently approved to treat lupus and some of the side effects that have been reported are nausea, diarrhea, fever, and depression. Anatamalarial drugs such as hydroxychloroquine may cause skin rashes, dry skin, stomach upset, and loss of appetite (John Hopkins Lupus Center, 2011).   Painkillers such as opioids may cause constipation, drowsiness, nausea, and confusion or delirium. Over the counter pain medication such as Aleve or Motrin may cause ulcers, kidney or liver problems if taken beyond …


Exercise and Lupus

Exercise – and lupus symptoms may ease up. Studies show that exercise may help with fatigue, heart health, and muscle and bone strength. (American College of Rheumatology, May 2001).

Lupus is classified as an autoimmune disorder. It is a chronic condition that is often debilitating because it wreaks havoc to major organs such as the skin, kidneys, joints, and liver. It also leads to depression in many patients. The Lupus Foundation of America (2008) reported that exercise is recommended to help with depression in lupus. Exercise raises endorphin levels and elevates mood. Depression associated with lupus does not necessarily come from the disease itself, but also as a side effect of some prescription medications such as Benlysta.

Moderate exercise, such as walking, has also been shown to help those with slow healing wounds (Science Daily, Nov 2007) and with infection (New York Times, Oct 2009). However, this applies to a gradual return to exercise and not a sudden overtaking of …


Lupus Herbal Cure: Medicinal Plants

A Lupus herbal cure is not officially recognized in American medicine, however, many patients who suffer from diseases such as lupus or SLE, are turning to herbal treatments to either prevent re-occurrences or to treat existing symptoms.

Many of the symptoms that result from the onset of lupus are related to inflammation. In lupus, the immune system goes into overdrive and ends up attacking the body it tries to defend. Many of the herbs used to treat lupus address the overactive immune system and the inflammation it causes.

Thundergod vine is one herb that shows promise as a possible base for future lupus medicine. The Chinese have used it since ancient times to treat a variety of disorders including inflammation. It appears to relax the immune system and improve symptoms such as arthritis. Green tea contains polyphenols, chemicals known to control inflammation. Turmeric contains curcumin, which can also reduce inflammation as well as helping with digestion. Boswellia, also known …


Lupus Herbal Remedies That Work

Lupus herbal remedies may work well to ease chronic symptoms. An herb is simply a plant that may be used as a spice, as fragrance, or as medicine. One or more parts of the plant, including stems, leaves, roots, and flowers may be used. When using herbs for medicinal purposes, you may drink it as tea, or use a liquid extract form. Simply sprinkling it on your cooked foods will not give you any significant healing benefits, although regular use of a certain herb in cooking may offer health benefits in the long run.

Yucca may work well to help with joint problems associated with lupus while Milk Thistle may offer some protection for the liver. Licorice has immunosuppressive qualities similar to those found in the steroidal drugs used to treat lupus. However, don’t use it for longer than seven days in a row as it does elevate blood pressure. Try alfalfa sprout capsules or tablets – these contain important …


Lupus Herbal Treatments That May Help

Lupus herbal treatments are becoming more popular because of their power to treat a variety of symptoms without the high risk of serious side effects that may come with conventional medication. Herbal treatments may also be very effective in preventing flare-ups.

Lupus is an autoimmune disorder in which the immune system goes out of control and attacks the body itself, affecting major organs such as the skin, joints, kidneys, nerves, and liver. The inflammation that accompanies lupus may cause a great deal of pain and discomfort.

An herb is a plant that is used for a specific application, whether as a spice, scent, or remedy. Any part of the plant may be used in different forms, depending on how it will be applied. Medicinal herbs may be consumed as tea, as a liquid extract form, or in a capsule.

Try Yucca arthritic conditions associated with lupus. If you have liver problems, Milk Thistle may offer some benefits, and to control …


SLE Medical Diagnosis: What Causes Lupus

SLE, Medical Disorder of the immune system is also known more commonly as ‘lupus.’ It is when one’s immune system fails to properly react to a foreign substance that has come in contact with the body. In a sense, it goes into ‘overdrive’ mode and does not stop. As a result, it ends up attacking the body it relentlessly tried to defend.

What causes lupus? The exact causes have not been pinned down; however recent research shows that it has a genetic link. If you have a family member who has been diagnosed with lupus, there is a chance that you have a predisposition to the disease but it does not mean that you are certain to get it, even if you have inherited the lupus-associated gene set. You may develop full-blown lupus if you are predisposed and if you come in contact with an environmental trigger (Mayo Clinic, Aug 2011); however the potential triggers are different for each person.…


Control Lupus By Using The Power of The Mind

Control lupus by tapping into the power of mind-over-body. This concept is not new. Although biofeedback devices were first used in the 1970’s, the mind-body connection has been recognized for over 3,000 years.

Biofeedback uses a high-tech monitoring device that allows you to see your physiological processes in action. This includes your heart rate, perspiration, muscle tension, muscle activity, and even your nervous system. Electrodes are attached to areas of the body being monitored. Through these electrodes, you can control the processes that you see or hear, usually with moderate effort and also watch the changes taking place right before you.

Lupus is an autoimmune disease that can trigger a wide range of symptoms from skin ailments to kidney damage. Biofeedback may offer pain relief from the inflammation that typically accompanies lupus. The patient is trained to control brainwaves that are associated with the pain that they experience (ABC News, Aug 2008). Electro-magnetic Pulsed Biofeedback Therapy allows a patient to …


Food For Lupus: Planning Meals For Health

Foods for lupus patients should be low in fat, salt, and animal protein. This type of diet keeps the immune system in check. When cooking, use canola and olive oil. Sardines, salmon, and mackerel are good sources of EFAs (Essential Fatty Acids), which are good for inflammation. Sulfur is an important mineral in healing and can be found in food such as eggs, garlic, and onions. It improves bone and cartilage strength.

Use cooking methods that retain nutrients in foods. Broil, bake, and steam rather than fry your foods. Use spices such as garlic, turmeric, and oregano, which have natural anti-inflammatory properties.

Lupus is an autoimmune disorder that often causes damage to the skin, joints, kidneys, lungs, and liver. It is a chronic disease that can be helped with the right diet and a healthy lifestyle. Medication, alone, is not effective in treating all of the complications that may arise from lupus. Without improving nutrition and health choices, even …


Natural Cures For Lupus: An Answer to Side Effects

Natural cures for lupus are becoming more appealing today largely because of the threatening side effects of pharmaceutical drugs used to treat lupus symptoms. These include immunosuppressive agents such as steroids and belimumab, anti-inflammatory drugs such as hydroxychloroquine, and pain medicine such as opioids.

Steroids such as prednisone may cause weight-gain, acne, diabetes, elevated blood pressure, digestive upsets, cataracts, glaucoma, and osteoporosis. Belimumab, marketed as Benlysta, suppresses the immune system and may bring on fever, flu-like symptoms, night sweats, shortness of breath, and pain and tenderness. It is also linked to depression and higher suicide rates.

 

Lupus Natural Cures For Long-term Health

 

Lupus natural cures or treatments are comparably safer for the long-term management of lupus.  However, no single treatment can tackle a complex disorder such as lupus and just because natural treatments are ‘natural’ or ‘nature-based’, this does not mean they are completely safe. Any treatment used for a serious disease such as lupus, whether natural or …


Methods of SLE (lupus) examination

There is no single test to diagnose lupus. 3 types of sle examination are frequently used. These 3 forms of sle examination are: physical examination, chemical analysis, and microscopic analysis.

Physical examination is the most common type of examination. In this portion of the examination the color, clarity, and concentration of the urine are evaluated. Abnormal colors can result from disease, certain foods, or contamination, so the physical examination is generally viewed as a crude assessment. sle examination also includes specific gravity which measures the concentration of the urine sample. Specific gravity compares the concentration of urine to that of water (1.000). Usually it is better for the urine given in a sample to be more concentrated; this allows the laboratory to more accurately detect substances being excreted by your body.

The chemical lupus examination measures several features of the urine. Most laboratories use chemical test strips that change colors when dipped into the urine. Either the laboratory technician or …


What a doctor uses for diagnosing lupus (sle)

Diagnosing lupus involves a doctor examining a patient for the fulfillment of 11 criteria of body condition. If even a few of these criteria for diagnosing sle are shown by the patient, the doctor may conclude with lupus diagnosing in the patient, and start treatments for lupus.

The doctor will check for (1.) Rashes on the face, (2.) Sores in the mouth, (3.) Rashes with patchiness, (4.) Rashes due to sun exposure, (5.) Problems with internal linings of the body, such as swelling, around the heart, lungs, (6.) Kidneys, and, (7.) Joints, (8.) Problems with the central nervous system or psychological characteristics of the patient, (9.) Abnormalities of the blood such as low amounts of various components, or, (10.) Antibody levels, and, (11.) Abnormal immune levels.

Usually, if 4 or so of these 11 criteria for diagnosing lupus are sufficiently abnormal, then the doctor may be comfortable in diagnosing lupus. Any of these criteria may increase in severity, such as …


Natural Treatments for Lupus (SLE)

Natural treatments for lupus are often more effective than medical treatments alone because natural treatments for SLE treat the whole body, rather than just the symptoms. By treating the source of the problem, the body is able to heal itself naturally. This is why many people are turning to complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) as a means of treating their lupus.

According to Lupus Now magazine (2005) it never should replace conventional forms of medicine, but rather be used together with conventional treatment. However, they go on to say “there is some high-quality scientific evidence of [CAM] safety and effectiveness” when combined with mainstream medicine. The article goes on to say that for those that are interested in natural treatments for lupus “it’s important to find a physician who is open and willing to discuss these therapies”.

Natural lupus therapies are gaining interest. According to a study conducted by the NCCAM in 2002, of patients over 18 that were surveyed, …


Natural Cures for Lupus (SLE)

There are many people who have found natural cures for lupus.  There are many various websites where you can find natural cures for SLE and stories of how people’s lupus became in remission by using them. This article will take a look at some of the most popular alternative treatments that have been found.

Lupus natural cures commonly deal with treating the body and not the symptoms. A balanced diet is probably the most important way to keep your body healthy. According to Everydayhealth.com, people with an autoimmune diet should eat whole foods rather than processed foods.  Preserved meats and foods that are full of additives and preservatives should be avoided. Lupus patients should also not eat a lot of protein although it is healthy to eat some. Lamb, chicken, turkey, or fish with low mercury content are good for your lupus diet.

Exercise and stress management is also a big part of natural cures for lupus. One …


Lupus (SLE) Specialists

The type of lupus specialists that you see will depend upon the types of symptoms you have. Rheumatologist and dermatologists are normally considered the specialists for lupus. However, multiple SLE specialists are usually seen by people with lupus. For example, if a person has kidney problems they will see a nephrologist. They may also have heart problems, so they will see a cardiologist as well. Many times lupus patients will have a health care team to manage their treatment. This way all of the lupus specialists are able to coordinate treatment and medications.

According to Skincareguide.com, patients should seek medical advice as soon as the symptoms are noticed. Lupus must be diagnosed before treatment can begin. Mild cases of lupus can usually be treated by a rheumatologist or immunologist, along with your family doctor. More severe cases should be treated by a rheumatologist with other specialist providing medical advice and treatment where needed.

When choosing lupus specialists, make sure they …


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