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 history, lifestyle and diet – in other words, it considers all possible factors that contribute to the illness. CAM, or complimentary alternative medicine, utilizes herbal and physical/manipulative treatment methods cooperatively with allopathic medicine to strengthen the body’s natural defenses and guide it back into a state of homeostasis, or proper balance.
Good Health Is a Matter of Good Sense
Not surprisingly, vitamins, antioxidants and Omega 3 fatty acids are receiving more attention than ever from the medical community – it’s logical to assume that good health begins with a healthy diet. Vitamin D, especially, seems to be very beneficial for lupus patients when administered in large doses. Omega 3 acids are very effective protection against heart and kidney disease, and antioxidants protect the body against tissue damage and inflammation. Fish is always an excellent source of Omega 3 acids; flaxseed, also, has high concentrations of Omega 3 acids, and provides other nutrients as well.
Chinese medicine has a number of herbal cures dating back hundreds of years; one herbal remedy in particular, from a plant called thunder god vine, has a similar suppressive effect on lupus autoantibodies as that produced by steroids and other immunosuppressant medications – but the side effects associated with thunder god vine are far less severe. Ginseng is also a common lupus treatment in Chinese medicine for nerve health and cognitive function, and to lower blood pressure.
Massage, chiropractic, acupuncture and other physical medicine disciplines are gaining popularity in the lupus community, and more support from the allopathic community. The benefits these types of treatments have on patients’ mood and self-image are undeniable, and evidence is mounting to support their effectiveness with physical symptoms, as well.
In the end, a common-sense approach to health is the quickest way to a cure, for people with lupus. Regular exercise, quality rest, a healthy diet and a commitment to stick to a treatment plan help the body fight autoantibody attacks and strengthen it so it can begin to heal itself. Regular check-ups and good communication with a physician ensures that the healing continues. As the patient’s health improves, remission will likely occur; from there, a cure is the next logical step, and not beyond the realm of possibility.