Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is an autoimmune disease that can affect various body organs. Natural remedies for lupus consist of complementary treatments to help treat the symptoms of the disease.
Always consult your doctor before taking any new drugs or nutritional supplements.
If you feel that you have intolerance to some remedy, stop the treatment and consult a doctor.
SUMMARY TABLE: REMEDIES FOR LUPUS
- Supplements for pain and inflammation:
or fish oils
or evening primrose oil
or flaxseed oil
or plant "thunder god vine" (Tripterygium wilfordii)
- Supplements of vitamins for the skin:
or pantothenic acid
or folic acid
or vitamins A, D and E
or beta carotene
- Minerals for bone and fatigue:
Those taking corticosteroids should strengthen their bone health especially. Calcium is not necessary if it is a balanced diet. Magnesium supplements are recommended.
- DHEA or Dehydroepiandrosterone
SUPPLEMENTS AND HERBS FOR LUPUS
- Fish oil: Fish oils are rich in Omega 3, vitamin A and vitamin D. It has anti-inflammatory, for skin and for fixing calcium in bones. (Take 4-8 pearls of cod liver oil a day, with meals). Do not exceed the scheduled dose. An overdose of vitamin A can be toxic.
Scientific studies show that Omega 3 supplements are NOT effective if not accompanied by a balanced diet.
- Flaxseed: Flaxseed is a seed rich in Omega 3, a type of fat that provides anti-inflammatory properties. It is taken to reduce inflammation caused by lupus. (Take 1,500 to 2,000 mg. Pearl flax oil per day).
- Evening primrose oil: rich in Omega 3 supplement with outstanding anti-inflammatory properties. (Take 1,500 to 2,000 mg. Beads primrose oil per day).
- Pantothenic acid: the administration of this vitamin may improve symptoms of discoid lupus, which affects the skin.
- DHEA or Dehydroepiandrosterone: it is a hormone produced by the body. Some people with lupus have abnormally low levels of this hormone. Administration can reduce , in some cases, the dose of medication with corticosteroids.
A scientific study showed that administering 200mg. DHEA daily for 24 weeks significantly reduced the number of symptoms. A dose of 50mg. daily can cause acne. (The adequacy of hormone treatment and dose must be determined by the doctor. It requires prior analytics to determine the patient's DHEA levels)
- Calcium: main mineral constituent of bone. The vitamin and mineral supplements for bones are administered to counteract the effects of bone decalcification from having corticosteroid medication. It is important to follow a diet rich in calcium and minerals (increasing consumption of dried fruits, nuts and vegetables), in which case supplementation may not be necessary. (Take 250mg. Calcium three times a day)
* More information: Foods rich in calcium
Photography of Turmeric: Turmeric is a proper anti-inflammatory remedy
- Turmeric: It contains curcumin, initially effective anti-inflammatory to treat arthritis and inflammation. This supplement has been used in conjunction with bromelain, an enzyme found in pineapple, also with anti-inflammatory properties.
Scientific studies have shown that turmeric supplements may reduce symptoms of proteinuria, hematuria, and systolic blood pressure in patients suffering from lupus nephritis, being suitable as an adjuvant therapy for these patients. (Take 500mg. Turmeric (with 22.1 mg. Curcumin) three times a day. Taking turmeric in food).
- Spirulina: It is rich in magnesium, vitamin D and trace elements, they also help fight fatigue. Vitamins and mineral supplements for bones are administered to counteract the effects of bone decalcification having corticosteroid medication. (Take 6 capsules of 200mg. Daily)
- Magnesium: second constituent of bone mineral after calcium. It is a basifying mineral that prevent bone decalcification. Magnesium supplements are recommended in general for all autoimmune diseases. (Take supplements of 400 - 500mg. Twice a day).
- Pollen: is a supplement rich in carotenoids, which benefit the health of the skin and membranes. Its rich in antioxidants that prevent damage from inflammation and protect the digestive mucosa. (Take 4 tablespoons daily dessert, in yogurt, smoothies or juice)
- Vitamin A and beta-carotene (provitamin A): Scientific studies have shown that people with lupus have abnormally low levels of vitamin A. These vitamins protect cells and stabilize cell membranes, protecting them from damage caused by inflammation. High doses of vitamin A can be toxic.
- Vitamin D helps calcium to be fixed in the bone tissue preventing osteoporosis. The vitamin and mineral supplements for bones are administered to counteract the effects of bone decalcification from having corticosteroid medication.
- Vitamin E is a vitamin that protects cell membranes and also can exert an antiinflammatory effect on them. Scientific studies have shown that people with lupus have abnormally low levels of this vitamin. A German study on patients with rheumatoid arthritis showed that administering 1,500 IU of this vitamin reduced stiffness and joint pain. (Take 1,500 IU of vitamin E per day. After a week, reducing to 1000 IU per day.)
- Thunder god vine (Tripterygium wilfordii) is a climbing plant native to Asia that is used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat lupus, but is little known in the West. Scientific studies have shown that the plant has immunosuppressive and anti-inflammatory effects, which result beneficial to avoid symptoms of lupus and rheumatoid arthritis