What We Know About Lupus
As an autoimmune disease, Lupus is something generally viewed as incurable by most medical doctors. Autoimmune diseases occur when the body attacks itself in error, as though its own tissues are a threat. Lupus occurs mostly in women during childbearing years, while only 10% of men are diagnosed overall. Ethnic women are also more likely to struggle with this autoimmune disease than their caucasian counterparts.
There are two types of Lupus. Discoid Lupus Erythematosus (DLE) is not considered as serious ad Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) due to the symptoms that come with both. The only commonality the two types share is how the symptoms will often go through continuous cycles of remission and activation.
Symptoms of DLE:
A facial rash shaped like a butterfly (usually on the cheeks) that may spread from the to the forehead or scalp. This rash usually comes and goes in cycles, however every case is different. The rash is sometimes triggered by sunlight.
Symptoms of SLE:
- Facial Rash
- Fatigue and Malaise
- Joint and Muscle Pain
- Hair Loss
- Weight Loss
- Sensitivity to the sun
- Mouth Sores
- Vulnerability to Illness
- Enlarged Lymph Nodes
- Constipation or diarrhea
- Recurring bladder infections
- Presence of Lupus antibodies in the blood
What Conventional Doctors are Saying:
Because stress and lifestyle have an impact on the condition, doctors recommend finding ways to reduce daily stressors and attend relaxation therapies. According to Web MD , majority of the medication prescribed to lupus patients will be used to “control symptoms, and slow damages to organs.” Many of these prescriptions also come with possible side effects. Be sure that your doctor speaks with you about these possibilities. The treatments for Lupus include:
What Holistic Doctors are Saying:
We all know that a healthy diet is key to keeping illnesses away. The problem arises when we don’t know what diet is right for us. Holistic Doctors recommend staying away from saturated fats, hydrogenated fats, and partially hydrogenated fats. They also suggest drastically limiting sugar, refined carbs, alcohol, caffeine and eggs. These products weaken the immune system, causing damage that could leave the body vulnerable to illness and infection. Because food allergies often mimic lupus, doctors also recommended to trying the elimination method.
Now that we know what not to eat, what can we have? We know you don’t want to hear raw vegetables and fruit, but…raw vegetables and fruit are the way to go. They will balance your system and return it to an alkaline state (rather than an acidic one). The high amounts of fiber will aid with digestion while the antioxidants counter inflammation. Foods high in sulfur (onions, garlic, asparagus), can aid in repairing some of the damage done to cartilage as a result of flare ups. Natural Cranberry juice works wonders for bladder infections. Holistic Doctors also recommend that patients stay on top of their water intake to keep joints lubricated and the body running as smooth as possible.
Useful Herbs & Natural Supplements to speak with your doctor about:
- Fish Oil
- Plant Sterols and sterolins (Balancing effect on the immune system)
- DHEA (For Women)
- Gentian Root (Digestive Function)
- Methylsulfonylmethane or “MSM” (Anti-inflammatory Properties)
- Enzymes (For Digestion)
- Boswellia or “Boswellia Serrata” (Powerful Anti-inflammatory Properties)
(Recommendations of James F. Balch, M.D. and Mark Stengler, N.D.)
What do you think?
So we are left with the big question. Can holistic medicine cure lupus? Although more holistic doctors are standing behind this philosophy, there is no concrete evidence proving lupus can be cured naturally at this time. However, treating your body kindly, while it is under attack, is a great place to start. Ensuring that the body has all the nutrients, energy and resources that it needs to function (and encourage healing) is the next best thing!
Disclaimer: Always consult your doctor before making medical decisions. Mystic Culture does not have a medical license and cannot give medical advice. We are not responsible for any medical decisions that you make.
- Balch, James & Stengler, Mark. Perscription for Natural Cures. (2004).
- Lupus Overview. Web MD. (2018). Retrieved from https://www.webmd.com/lupus/guide/arthritis-lupus#1