Lupus

In Blog, Health, Podcasts by Wendy Christien

The most distinctive characteristic of Lupus is a butterfly shaped rash on the face which usually spans across both cheeks, but this doesn’t happen with everyone.

Like other autoimmune diseases, the inflammation caused by Lupus can impact various systems and organs in the body such as the blood cells, joints, brain, skin, lungs, and heart.

Infections, medications, and sunlight can trigger Lupus in genetically susceptible individuals.

 

Signs, symptoms, and severity vary from person to person and people can experience episodes or flare-up’s as with other autoimmune diseases. The most common symptoms include:

  • Butterfly-shaped rash on the face
  • Joint pain, swelling and stiffness
  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Poor blood flow to the hands and feet if stressed or exposed to cold temperatures
  • Sun sensitivity causing lesions on the skin
  • Dry eyes
  • Headaches
  • Breathlessness
  • Memory and cognitive issues

Natural remedies that can be useful to alleviate the symptoms related to Lupus include:

Curcumin

The active ingredient in turmeric, which is known as curcumin, has anti-inflammatory benefits. Turmeric can easily be added to meals, or it can be taken as a warm drink by adding a teaspoon to coconut milk or another milk of your choice.

Ginger

Ginger contains antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties so can be useful for joint inflammation and pain. Ginger can be consumed as a tea or can be used to infuse water. It can also be added to your cooking to enhance the flavor of your food.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Many people are deficient in stomach acid so using a teaspoon of raw apple cider vinegar in warm water about half an hour before a meal can enhance the production of stomach acid necessary to break down your food and improve digestion.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil modulates the immune response, and it is also beneficial for keeping cholesterol and blood sugar levels healthy.

Epsom Salts

Epsom salts baths are a wonderful way of detoxifying the body and reducing inflammation and pain. Epsom salts are a form of magnesium which is easily absorbed through the skin. Add 1 cup to a warm bath and essential oils such as lavender or rosemary can also be very relaxing and soothing for the nervous system.

Basil

Basil is an herb than can be used to reduce stress and inflammation. It too can be added to salads and other meals to promote wellbeing. Alternatively, some fresh or dry leaves can be steeped in warm water to make a delicious tea.

Flaxseeds or Fatty Fish

Both of these are rich sources of Omega 3 fatty acids which are vital to reduce inflammation. A tablespoon of flaxseeds or regular consumption of fatty fish will help to ensure you reach your dietary requirements for omega 3 fatty acids. These can also be consumed in supplement form if you are not able to get enough from your diet.

Listen to my interview with Brad Kirsten from Radio Cape Pulpit on16 December 2021 to learn more. Listen to my next interview on Thursday at 7.45am