Natural remedies for lupus, a life threatening disease, are made to effectively reduce symptoms and are not considered a cure. Lupus or systemic lupus erythematosus or SLE still has no cure that is why this disease can be fatal. Natural remedies are available but you still need to consult your doctor when making use of these remedies.
Natural remedies for lupus include Omega-3 fatty acids which are said to control inflammation due to lupus. Foods with omega-3 fatty acids are oil fish such as salmon and sardines as well as flaxseeds. The are also supplements containing omega-3 and can be taken daily. Omega3 does not only provide a therapeutic effect but also improves endothelial function while reducing oxidative stress. Omega3 also has cardiovascular benefits.
Herbal medicines are popular natural remedies for lupus but no studies have been done to prove their effectiveness in lupus patients. Anti-inflammatory herbs such as ginger and turmeric root that contain curcumin may be very helpful for lupus patients with symptoms of arthritis. Turmeric root has potential benefits for lupus nephritis.
Vitamin and mineral supplements such as vitamin D and calcium supplements can be taken by lupus patients who are subjected to corticosteriod treatment. Corticosteroid is an inflammation preventing drug that is used in lupus treatment but is known to make your bones thin and increase your risk of suffering from osteoporosis. Vitamin D is helpful to lupus patients who cannot be exposed to the sun.
Hypotherapy as well as guided imagery are kinds of mind-body techniques which may be used by lupus patients in reducing stress caused by having the lupus disease. However, having enough hours of sleep and regular exercise can supplement this mind-body techniques. The amount and type of exercise a lupus patient should be subjected into must be suggested by a healthcare provider.
Cordyceps mushroom which contain cordyceps sinensis and aremisinin is known to prevent the recurrence of lupus nephritis. DHEA hormone supplementations are said to improve the quality of life in glucocorticoid treated female sufferers with SLE. However, overdosing of DHEA should be prevented and the right dose of this lupus remedy should be advised by a healthcare provider. The patient must also be reminded that prolonged use of this hormone in high dosages might cause a lot of harm.
To sum it all, a healthy diet is the most sensible way of not aggravating the condition of a patient with lupus. Eating a lot of fish and vegetables is advised while reducing sugar and sweet intake. An appropriate daily exercise recommended by a health provider is also essential for improving the patient’s condition.