Lupus

Lupus is an autoimmune disease in which the body’s own immune system attacks its own connective tissue and causes inflammation. Lupus is more likely to affect women rather than men. There are two types: 1) systemic lupus erythematosus, which attacks the organs and joints of the body, and 2) discoid lupus erythematosus, which affects the skin and a butterfly-pattern rash forms over the nose and cheeks.

Suggested Products: 

Herbal Medicine- 

Feverfew Leaf
Goldenseal Root
Daily Health Tea – pau d’arco
Turmeric Root
Bosewellia
 

Are just a few of the helpful herbs one can use, please consult your physician before adding any of these supplements as they may interfere with your other medications or have unwanted effects. *Echinacea should be avoided as it is primarily used to boost the immune system. In lupus patients, the immune system is over-active and taking this supplement could cause flares in disease activity.

 

6606 Flaxseed Oil1 tablespoon, 2 times/day.
Flaxseed:  Flaxseed contains a fatty acid called alpha-linolenic acid, which may decrease inflammation in the body. Some studies have found that kidney function may improve in lupus patients who have kidney problems, such as like lupus nephritis.  Abdominal pain and bloating can be side effects of taking flaxseed.

SeabuckWonders Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil 100% Certified Organic 1oz.
Fish Oil:  Fish oil supplements that contain the Omega-3 fatty acid, may be beneficial for people with lupus.  Preliminary studies have shown some promise but more study is still needed.  Nausea, belching, and a fish taste in the mouth are some side effects you may experience while taking fish oil supplements. Read more about this topic in our blog, The Lupus and Diet Dilemma.


Vitamin A (10,000 IU)
As directed on label.
Vitamin A: Vitamin A is an antioxidant and is commonly found in whole milk, liver, and some fortified foods. Beta-carotene is a pro-vitamin found in carrots and many colorful vegetables that are then converted to vitamin A in the body.  Vitamin A protects against free radicals (harmful substances in your body) which can damage DNA and lead to cancer and other diseases, and has anti-inflammatory effects. 

A lack of enough vitamin A has been linked to inflammation in the intestines, lungs, and skin. For some people, taking vitamin A supplements could reduce the inflammation that contributes to conditions like inflammatory bowel disease, acne, and lung disease.

Everyday Liquid Sunshine – Vitamin D3 Drops – As directed on label.
Vitamin D:  People with lupus have shown some benefits from taking Vitamin D supplements   In recent testing, high doses of vitamin D were safe and appeared to temper some of the destructive immune system responses believed to cause lupus. Research is pointing to an immune-regulating role for vitamin D.*


Vitamin E
Vitamin E: This vitamin supplement comes in several different forms. The alpha-tocopherol type of Vitamin E may help prevent heart disease by slowing the release of inflammatory substances that damage the heart.* Alpha-tocopherol also might be effective for easing lung inflammation related to allergies. However, because studies were conducted on animals, it’s not yet clear whether the results will translate to humans.

Borage Oil 1000mg
(Stronger than Evening Primrose Oil)
Evening primrose oil and Borage Oil: Used to treat inflammation,Borage oil oil is associated with alleviating rheumatoid arthritis.

8965 Grape Seed Extract—100 mg (1 tablet), 1 time/day
http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/benefits-of-grapefruit-seed-extract/

3600 Supergreen Food Veggie Powder—1/4 teaspoon, 1 time/day.
Green foods can support most bodily functions, boost energy levels, and eliminate toxins such as heavy metals, which can weaken our tissues and lead to disease over time.
Common ingredients in green foods include blue green algae, chlorella, wheat grass, barley grass, kelp, dulse, and spirulina.

Green foods supplements can support most bodily functions, boost energy levels, and eliminate toxins such as heavy metals, which can weaken our tissues and lead to disease over time.

Studies have also shown the antioxidant-rich chlorella to help reduce high blood pressure, lower LDL or “bad” cholesterol, accelerate wound healing, improve general immune functions, and help with colitis and fibromyalgia.

There are other nutritional benefits of green foods, as well. They have been shown to support cellular metabolism, and because they are naturally alkaline, they help to neutralize excess acidity which is a common problem with the standard American diet.

Aesthetically, green foods provide benefits such as better looking skin, hair and nails. Some research suggests that green foods can even delay the natural effects of aging.

Although the last decade has seen a lot of green foods supplements enter into the market, we have found certain criteria that we feel are very important in making an educated decision when choosing a greens product.

First and foremost, the product should be organic if possible. Also, excessive heat can degrade a product, so it is important to get your greens in a raw or un-processed state. Many people may also wish to choose a formula that is vegetarian. This may be difficult to find, since some manufacturers use spirulina that is actually fed animal products. Lastly, watch out for products made with fillers and binders. These things have nothing to do with greens and are often used because they are less expensive. Fillers include such things as flax meal, apple pectin fiber, soy lecithin, and rice bran.

Another notable benefit of green foods has to do with digestion. When taken regularly, they have been shown to improve the way in which we process all the foods we eat. Good digestion and absorption of nutrients is necessary in order for nutrients to be absorbed into our blood stream and then delivered to our cells. This is key in achieving optimum health. The digestive enzymes and other nutrients often found in green foods help this process by increasing regularity and keeping our digestive tract operating efficiently.

Optimum health involves providing our bodies with the best possible nutrients for maintaining cellular wellness and function. Greens products should be part of everyone’s foundation for good health, and come in a variety of sources for multiple use. They can be mixed with juices, water, or blended into a smoothie with other things such as apples, bananas, berries, and/or protein powders for a complete meal replacement.

1058 Liver Formula—12 drops, 2 times/day.

1033 Detoxifier Formula—12 drops, 2 times/day.

2302 IntraMAX Liquid Organic Multi-Vita —1/2 capful AM & PM, 2 timesday.

2277 Good C 500 w/bioflavinoids—500 mg (3 tablets), 3 times/day.

1043 Joint Care—1 tsp 2 -3  times/day. Is 68 herbs focused on pain and inflammation

1059 Kidney/Bladder Formula—15 drops, 3 times/day.

3323 Kava Kava Root—30 drops, 1 time/day bed time.

1012 Nerves and Tension Formula—15 drops, 2 times/day.

3203 Yellow Dock (herb)—12 drops, 2x day.Is 40% natural iron.

3119 Dandelion Root (herb)—12 drops, 2x day.

3259 Violet Leaves (herb)—6 drops, 2 times/day.

1252 Lower Bowel Tonic—18 drops, 2 times/day.

4576 Colloidal Silver Water Generator (silver water)—64oz or more per/day for 10 days and rest 10 days and repeat for 90 days.
Every rest day take 4675 Acidophilus powder—1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon, 2 times/day. And Colostrum 1/2 teaspoon, 2 times/day.

Diet:  Some of the most important issues that specifically relate to lupus patients in regard to diet and nutrition are: reduction of inflammation and swelling, prevention of nutrient deficiencies, maintaining strong bones and muscles, combating medication side-effects, reachng or maintaining a desired body weight, and reducing the risk of heart disease. Read more about some anti-inflammatory diets in our blog: The Paleo and Anti-Inflammatory Diets: What you should know.
Massage: Massage can be beneficial and therapeutic to those with chronic joint and muscle pain due to lupus. Massage can improve circulation and help relieve joint stiffness. However, if you have cutaneous lupus, or lupus primarily affecting the skin, then you may want to avoid intense massage that can lead to bruising or even bleeding underneath the skin. Be sure to use a licensed massage therapist and, if possible, one familiar with lupus if you do decide to try professional massage as part of your lupus treatment and management.
 
Chiropractic care is the manipulation of your spine and other connective tissue, to improve the mobility of joints and reduce pain. Practitioners are required to go through extensive training and licensing exams, and chiropractic care is often covered by insurance. The effectiveness of chiropractic therapy for lupus remains controversial, although many have found relief with this type of therapy.
 
Acupuncture: Data suggests that acupuncture may help in treating lupus symptoms, although evidence is limited. Studies have shown that acupuncture may be useful in alleviating pain associated with lupus.
 
Yoga: The ancient practice of yoga can help people with lupus maintain limber joints and help alleviate stress. Stress is the enemy of lupus sufferers as it can increase inflammation and therefore increase pain. Before starting a class, talk to the instructor about any special restrictions you may have because of your joint symptoms.
 
Meditation and Prayer: Also an ancient practice, meditation makes use of the mind’s ability to control the body and can be used in lupus treatment to control pain, reduce stress, and improve your sense of well-being.
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