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Of all the autoimmune diseases Lupus is one of the closest to my heart. My mother has suffered from Lupus since she was a teenager and my son was diagnosed with Lupus in his early 20s. When I started studying natural health, food and herbs I discovered that there is a lot you can do to help all autoimmune diseases.
So what is Lupus?
Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissues and organs. This can lead to inflammation and damage to various parts of the body, including the skin, joints, kidneys, heart, lungs, brain, and blood cells.
Lupus can cause a wide range of symptoms, such as fatigue, joint pain, skin rashes, and organ failure, and can be difficult to diagnose due to the variability of its symptoms and the fact that they mimic those of other conditions. There is currently no cure for lupus, but treatment can help manage symptoms and prevent or reduce the risk of complications. More than 17,000 Australians are believed to have Lupus. Studies do indicate more people probably have lupus but have been misdiagnosed.
Lupus symptoms can be confused with other autoimmune conditions:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Rosacea and skin rashes
- Undifferentiated connective tissue disease
- Hashimotos disease
- Sjǒgrens syndrome
There are 4 different types of lupus.
- SLE Systemic lupus erythematosus which is the most common
- Cutaneous lupus which is limited to the skin
- Drug-induced lupus, which is caused by certain prescription drugs and will self-regulate after ceasing those drugs
- Neonatal lupus is very rare, affecting the infants of women with lupus
Signs and symptoms of lupus
Lupus can attack any connective tissue it is a chronic (long-term) systemic (whole-body) disease that can cause various symptoms in patients but usually are inflammation, swelling and damage to the joints, heart, lungs, kidneys, skin and blood and photosensitivity. Flare-ups can make the symptoms worse for periods of time and then improve again even to the point of having no symptoms at all.
Lupus is an Autoimmune disease which means your immune system is impaired.
A normal healthy immune system protects the body by fighting of viruses, bacteria, germs or antigens. When you have an autoimmune disease such as lupus your immune system produces antibodies that attack its normal healthy tissues as well as the antigens. This may cause tissue damage, swelling and pain.
ANA or antinuclear antibody is a common type of autoantibody in people with lupus. ANA reacts with the command centre or nucleus of the cell. ANA circulates in the blood and is able to permeate some organ’s cell walls and allow the ANA to attack the DNA in the nucleus of these cells. This is why lupus affects some organs and not others
Treatment for lupus
While there is no cure for lupus, medical treatment can help manage symptoms and reduce the risk of complications. However, many people with lupus are seeking alternative approaches to managing their condition, and that’s where naturopathic medicine comes in.
What are Naturopath Lupus treatments ?
Naturopathic medicine is a holistic approach to health that emphasizes the use of natural remedies, such as herbs, nutrition, and lifestyle changes, to support your body’s healing processes. Naturopathic doctors like Leah are trained to identify the root cause of illness and use natural treatments to address the underlying problem, rather than just treating symptoms.
Why See a Naturopath for Lupus?
Personalised Approach: Naturopath Leah will take the time to understand your individual health history, symptoms, and lifestyle to develop a personalised treatment plan that is tailored to your unique needs.
Focus on Whole-Body Health: Naturopathic medicine looks at the whole person, not just the disease, and seeks to address any imbalances or underlying conditions that may be contributing to the development of lupus.
Safe and Effective Natural Remedies: Leah use natural remedies that have been shown to be safe and effective for managing symptoms associated with lupus. These remedies can also help to reduce the side effects associated with conventional medications.
Support for Lifestyle Changes: Lupus can be a challenging condition to manage, but lifestyle changes, such as a healthy diet, exercise, and stress management, can have a significant impact on overall health and well-being. Leah can provide guidance and support for making these changes.
Improved Quality of Life: The goal of naturopathic medicine is to support your body’s natural healing processes, improve overall health, and enhance the quality of your life. By working with Leah, many people with lupus find that they are better able to manage their symptoms and improve their overall well-being.
Lupus is a complex condition that requires a comprehensive approach to treatment. While conventional medical treatment of lupus can be effective in managing symptoms, many people with lupus are seeking a more holistic approach that addresses the whole person, not just the disease.
By working with a naturopath doctor like Leah, people with lupus can find safe and effective natural remedies, support for lifestyle changes, and improved quality of life.
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