Living with Lupus is a lifelong, uphill battle. Those that have been affected by this disease, are all to familiar with the struggles that this disease presents. With no cure in sight, know that the symptoms of lupus can be managed with the help of herbs.
These natural treatments for lupus, are accessible and can effectively lessen the symptoms of flare-ups.
Curcumin, an extract of Turmeric, is a powerhouse of health benefits. In lupus patients, it may reduce overall activity of the disease.
A daily dose of 1000mg of Curcumin daily was used in clinical trials and found to reduce inflammation substantially.
Reducing inflammation can help ease joint pain, and prevent damage to organ tissues, especially kidneys.
Considered very safe, curcumin is usually tolerated well, with little or no side effects. However, if you are taking blood thinners, or have an iron deficiency do not begin a curcumin regimen.
Early studies suggest that curcumin may also prevent some types of cancer cells from growing. Lupus sufferers have an increased risk of developing cancer, so taking curcumin may benefit them in more ways than one.
As with any new supplement regimen, consult a health professional before beginning treatment.
Flax Seed or Fish Oil
Both flax seed, and fish oil are abundant in Omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids can help reduce inflammation associated with lupus.
These particular fatty acids are also known to support healthy brain function and can help with some forms of memory loss.
There are many ways to incorporate flax seed into your diet. For whole flax seed, you may sprinkle on salads, add to cereal, or incorporate it into sauces, to name a few methods. Try getting 30 to 45 grams of seed daily incorporated into your diet for best results.
If using ground flax seed, you can stir it into yogurt, dressings, smoothies, oatmeal and more. 4 tablespoons daily of ground flax seed is ideal. You may space this out throughout the day into your meals and snacks.
Fish oil supplements are available at many retailers that carry supplements. Package dosage directions should be followed.
Flax seed and fish oil come with the same warning as curcumin. Do not consume either of these, if you are on blood thinners.
Calcium and Vitamin D
Corticosteriods are commonly prescribed by physicians to treat lupus. Long term use of corticosteriods can cause loss of bone density due to calcium depletion.
What do we need to help absorb calcium? Vitamin D. As you probably know, Vitamin D is received by our bodies naturally through sunlight. However, lupus is aggravated by extended exposure to sunlight.
To combat the potential damage to your bones caused by corticosteriods, be sure to take a daily calcium and Vitamin D supplement.
Follow package instructions for dosage.
Evening primrose oil is claimed by some lupus sufferers to improve overall quality of life.
Not many human trials have been conducted, but extended life expectancy has been documented in animals given evening primrose extract.
Follow package instructions for dosage, if you would like to try this remedy.
Free radicals are known to wreak havoc on the bodies of lupus patients. Green tea, is rich in antioxidants.
Antioxidants are the natural clean up crew of free radicals. Consuming green tea daily is advisable to enjoy its antioxidant benefits.
There are many other food sources rich in antioxidants. Kale, spinach, red grapes, blue berries, strawberries, artichokes, and pecans are just a few of these antioxidant sources that can easily be incorporated into your diet.
Balance Is Key
The key to improving overall health and combating disease is finding balance between healthy diet, emotional well-being, and actual treatment.
Stress is the enemy of physical and mental wellness. Be sure to protect your peace. Look for the beauty in life and avoid negativity in your thinking.
When searching for a treatment that, do not be deterred if the first supplement you try does not work. Give it time. Be patient and find the solution that works for your body.
Do not begin any treatment without consulting a medical professional. You must inquire about possible drug interactions and/or possible allergies to any herbal supplement just as you would a pharmaceutical.
Most of all think positive! Believe in the gifts that the earth has given you. Trust that you will find your natural remedy.
And as always! Happy Healing!