Lupus is a condition that occurs when the immune system of your body becomes very hyperactive and starts attacking the healthy tissues. This autoimmune disease is known as the “disease of 1000 faces” because of its complex nature. According to the Lupus Foundation of America, more than 1.5 million people are suffering from this condition and every year more than 16,000 new cases are being reported.
It is important to note that lupus is not contagious. However, a cure for lupus has not been found yet.
Natural Remedies For Lupus
You should remember that there is no scientific evidence to claim that any form of natural treatment will help in curing lupus. However, a few studies show that some natural remedies could give you relief from the symptoms of this autoimmune disease.
There are several studies proving that herbs like turmeric and ginger possess anti-inflammatory properties that can help in reducing the inflammation in your joints. This may be very beneficial for people suffering from lupus and arthritis. However, there are no specific studies that looked into the effects of these herbs on lupus patients.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Several studies around the world have found evidence for the ability of omega-3 fatty acids to reduce inflammation and improve the symptoms of lupus. Doctors often recommend the intake of oily fish or flaxseeds for reducing inflammation because they are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Salmon and sardines are the two most common oily fishes.
Doctors usually prescribe inflammation-fighting drugs known as corticosteroids for the treatment of lupus. However, these drugs have many side effects and often increases the risk of developing osteoporosis and such health issues. Therefore, you have to keep your bone strong while taking corticosteroids and for that, you can have vitamin D and calcium supplements daily.
According to some of the recent studies, a steroid hormone called dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) is effective for lupus treatment. DHEA will help in the production of testosterone and estrogen and helps to give relief from lupus symptoms. It is important to note that DHEA supplements should only be taken under supervision because it could increase the risk of a heart attack.
Hypnotherapy and guided imagery are believed to be very effective in dealing with the stress caused by lupus. Moreover, you have to exercise regularly and get enough sleep for coping with the stress caused by lupus.
To know more about the causes and risk factors associated with lupus, visit the website of CCCHC.