Lupus is an auto-immune disease, which in this instance causes round red patches of skin rash (discoid lupus) or alternatively may cause inflammation in the tendons, joints, other organs and connective tissue (systemic lupus).
It mainly affects women between late teens and 30s and the conventional treatment is steroids to prevent the body’s immune system from attacking itself.
There is very often a genetic reason for this disease but it can also be triggered by pollution from the atmosphere. Other factors include asthma, irregular periods and low levels of vitamin A and E. Strangely the initial trigger in most sufferers of discoid lupus is exposure to excessive sunlight.
In order to treat the condition the sufferer should firstly examine their diet. As extreme as it may seem a vegetarian diet has shown to afford great improvements by initially removing foods high in phenylalanine and tyrosine. This means removing from the diet apples, chicken, peanuts, chocolate, dairy products, and oats. Foods that you should include are those high in omega-3 fatty acids such as fish and flaxseed oils which will reduce lupus inflammation.
Massage using essential oils can play a part in fighting the problem. Black Pepper, Peppermint, Ti-tree, Ginger blended into Rose Hip or Argan carrier oil will help reduce the pain and improve the skin.Be very careful not to use photosensitising oils as they react to sunlight (one of the triggers for lupus) and other forms of UV light including sun beds. The main culprits are bergamot, angelica, grapefruit, lemon, lime, mandarin, orange, verbena and tagetes.
Smoking will increase the risk but alcohol will reduce it (please don’t use excess drinking as an excuse !)
As mentioned above increasing the intake of omega-3 fatty acids will help and in addition to diet a good quality supplement (preferably flaxseed) should be taken.
Selenium will help clear lupus and the discoid form is helped by vitamin E
Significant improvement was noted in a clinical trial of 67 people with discoid lupus by taking 10-15mg of vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid) and 1500-3000iu of vitamin E each day. The improvement was slow and took around 18-20 months.
Herbal remedies have helped and clivers and yellow dock have been found to improve the lymphatic system and assist the liver and kidneys in removing waste from the body.
Under no circumstances take alfalfa which will worsen the condition as it contains L-canavanine which will trigger an auto-immune response.
Lupus is a condition that can react positively to Reiki and I would recommend investing in a treatment course with a bona-fide practitioner.
Lupus may also result in a condition known as madarosis where some or all of your eyelashes fall out. These will re-grow normally once the disease is under control.
Lupus is a serious condition which may be life-threatening if not treated. Please ensure your doctor is aware of any of the supplemental treatments you are taking. If any of the above seems to make the condition worse or if you experience any unusual reactions or irritations you should seek medical advice immediately.
Aching muscles and joints
- Aching Muscles and Joints - problems explained and how to gain relief
Modern life leaves many of us with aching muscles and joints and this is especially so as we get older. This blend of essential oils will help to relieve this condition. In addition dietary and herbs can help.
© 2012 Peter Geekie
Tina on April 20, 2020:
Lupus is an autoimmune disease that affects people in different ways
Iktis on November 11, 2019:
Can anyone please help with some more understanding of auto immune lupus thank you
Peter Geekie (author) from Sittingbourne on June 22, 2012:
Thank you all to mecheshier, Joyce, Angie and yoginjoy,
I must apologise for not having responded sooner but we have just lost a much loved aged aunt (who was like a mother to my dear wife, who's mum died much too early)
I'm glad the article was of some help or interest as this is a nasty disease.
Kind regards Peter
yoginijoy from Mid-Atlantic, USA on June 19, 2012:
Very informative hub. Thanks for the explanations and suggestions for treatment.
Angie Jardine from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ... on June 17, 2012:
Hi Peter ... I have recently been wondering if I have lupus. I don’t know why I thought I had it except that I seem to lack energy most of the time and for some reason I believed that was a symptom.
Needless to say I don’t have it, your description of the symptoms is very clear. Many thanks.
Clear, concise and useful hub ... bless you!
Joyce Haragsim from Southern Nevada on June 17, 2012:
You have writter a great hub to help people with this miserable disease Lupus.
Voted up useful and interesting, Joyce
mecheshier on June 17, 2012:
Great article. I have a friend that has Lupus and I will definitely pass this article on to her. Thank you. Voted up for Very useful.