Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks the body’s own healthy tissue and organs. It causes high levels of persistent inflammation, which can negatively affect nearly every part of the body: the heart, joints, brain, kidneys, lungs and endocrine glands, for example.
Medical studies have not yet revealed the true cause of lupus but doctors believe that genetics may have an important role to play. The symptoms of lupus are typically swollen joints along with pain, headaches, rashes on cheeks and nose, lethargy, loss of hair and reduction in red blood cells count. Certain herbs can be used in the treatment of lupus.
Symptom Of Lupus
- Chronic fatigue
- Joint pains
- Muscle aches
- Stiffness, swelling and edema
- Shortness of breath and chest pains
- Skin rashes and sunburns
- Depression and anxiety
- Blurred vision and dry eyes
- Mouth and nose sores and ulcers
- Anemia and weakness
- Memory loss and confusion
Herbal Remedies For Lupus
Yucca is commonly used in the treatment of lupus and its related symptom such as swelling and pain in the joints. People suffering from lupus also exhibit arthritis-like symptoms that can be controlled with use of yucca herbal medication. It is the roots of the herb that are known for their anti-inflammatory actions and the medications are prepared using the extract of the herb. Check with your doctor about the dosage as well as possible side effects of yucca.
Ginger is another wonder spice useful in treating lupus with arthritic symptoms. It has potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that help relieve joint pain and swelling. Include ginger in your diet by using it in your cooking. You can also juice a 1-inch piece of fresh ginger root and add it to fresh fruit and vegetable juices.
Valerian is a common perennial herb of the Europe and is found growing in abundance in the marsh grasslands. The root of the valerian is well known for its medicinal effects and is used or treating various medical disorders including lupus. The herb relieves pain and inflammation and relaxes the mind and body. It also has mild sedative effects that help one sleep better at night. Drink three cups of valerian tea daily to keep the symptoms of lupus at bay.
Holy basil or tulsi is a well known adatogenic herb and is widely used in Indian herbal medicine. The herb has anti-inflammatory effects and is considered beneficial in the treatment of skin inflammations disorders. Tulsi also has anti-stress agents that help treat anxiety, depression and tension. The herb has been used in the treatment of lupus as well; drink three cups of tulsi tea (prepared using fresh tulsi leaves) daily for treating lupus and for preventing manifestation of its symptoms.
Cat’s claw is a popular vine in the South and Central America and is commonly used for treating inflammation of the skin and other organs. Many people prefer using the herb for treatment of lupus, arthritic pain, abdominal cramps and joint pain. The herbal supplements of cat’s claw can be brought from a drug store or an online herbal store. Treat lupus symptoms by consuming 100 mg of lupus capsules daily. Discuss with your doctor about the possible side effects of the herb.
This Chinese herb has been used since ancient times because it has immune building effect on the body. In many cases of lupus the immune system starts functioning in an abnormal manner and starts attacking the cells in the body. Use of Astragalus can curb this attack by the immune system on its own organs. The herb is considered safe for use but should be used only under medical supervision and should not be mixed with immunosuppressant medications.