Systemic lupus erythematosus, (also known as lupus or SLE) ) is a systemic autoimmune condition where your own immune system attacks different organs in the body and causes inflammation where the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks its own healthy tissues and organs. Lupus is a chronic (long-term) condition that can affect many different parts of the body, including the joints, skin, heart, lungs and brain, causing pain and inflammation in the affected areas. It has been found that Natural Support, Healthy Lifestyle & Dietary Changes are of vital importance for Lupus Erythematosus: [Systemic Lupus] to prevent further health complications.
Systemic Lupus symptoms
The symptoms of lupus can vary considerably depending on the overall health of the person. The symptoms may come and go. Sometimes they are constant and they can be mild or severe. As with any area of ill-health symptoms can be exacerbated with stress, unhealthy lifestyle choices and unhealthy eating habits.
The signs and symptoms of lupus also vary depending on the part or parts of the body that are affected by the disease. It is rare that people with lupus will experience all of the symptoms, it is different for each person.
The most common signs and symptoms include:
- Joint pain, stiffness and swelling;
- ‘Butterfly rash’ – a skin rash on the face that is shaped like a butterfly and covers the cheeks and nose (also known as malar rash);
- Skin lesions or a skin rash that appears with sun exposure (also known as photosensitivity);
- Poor circulation in the fingers and toes (also known as Raynaud’s phenomenon): causes the fingers and toes to turn white or blue when exposed to cold or during times of stress;
- Shortness of breath;
- Chest pain, especially with deep breathing;
- Nose, mouth or throat sores;
- Dry eyes;
- Headaches, confusion and memory loss;
- Weight loss;
- Bald patches or hair loss.
Systemic Lupus Causative Factors
The exact cause of lupus is unknown. It most likely occurs due to a combination of factors both inside and outside the body. For example, many health professionals have found that some people have a higher risk of developing SLE because of their genes (a genetic predisposition). It may be triggered by something in the environment, like an illness or infection, that leads to the development of the disease in some people. Other triggers may include over exposure to sunlight, smoking, certain drugs or medications and hormonal changes that occur during puberty.
Why Natural Treatments
There is no known “cure”, however it has been found that Natural Support for Lupus Erythematosus: [Systemic Lupus] is important to prevent further health complications that may occur with conventional treatment of lupus which includes anti-inflammatory steroids and immunosuppressants.
It has been found that when Lupus erythematosus (lupus) is treated with conventional medicine symptoms often become worse, or little significant difference if founded. By supporting your Body’s own Healing Process with Natural Remedies, Lifestyle Changes and Healthy Nutrition is the best support to improve this condition.
Herbs that have been found to help
St John’s Wort (avoid however if you are on antidepressant medication) otherwise this is helpful in supporting immune function indirectly by supporting the nervous system.
Astragalus –supports the risk of infection
Turmeric – powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects
Withania – support sustainable energy to organs and tissue
Guaiacum – supporting healthy anti-inflammatory processes
Note: The herbal suggestions should be prescribed by a Qualified Naturopath or Herbalist
Getting out into the sunshine and fresh air every day for a minimum of 30 minutes, going for a walk.
A Methyl-activated B supplement and B12 spray
A Green Smoothie each day containing: Beets, Kale, Apple, Banana and a Kiwi fruit
Flaxseed & Omega 3 Fish Oil supplements
Foods to include: lean red meat 1- 2 x week: Organic Chicken 2 – 3 x week & Wild Caught Fish. Vegetables such as Sweet potato, pumpkin, carrots, parsnips, Kale, Beetroot & Beetroot greens.
Fruit: Red apples, Kiwi fruit, Grapefruit, Bananas, Pomegranate seeds, Mangoes, a Squeezed lemon in water every morning. Yogurt, nuts such as dry roasted almonds and walnuts.
Foods to avoid: Dairy (except organic Greek yogurt), Wheat, Gluten, Sugar, Alcohol, Coffee and Processed foods
Eliminate Negative Habits such as Smoking, Drugs and excessive consumption of alcohol, highly processed, packaged and junk foods.