Lupus, also called systemic lupus erythematosus is an autoimmune disease. This means the body’s natural defence system (immune system) attacks healthy parts of your body.

Symptoms include inflammation of different parts of the body including the lungs, heart, liver, joints and kidneys. It can also affect the skin on the face and neck, involving slightly raised red patches on the face, giving a characteristic butterfly appearance. Fatigue is also another common symptom of the disease. These symptoms are usually classified as mild, moderate or severe.

Generally, treatment consists of:

  • Anti-inflammatory medicines like ibuprofen
  • Hydroxychloroquine for fatigue and skin and joint problems
  • Steroid tablets, injections and creams for kidney inflammation and rashes.

Treating Lupus with TCM

Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can be used to combat muscle and joint pain and inflammation, as well as fatigue. Research into the use of acupuncture and Chinese medicine as possible treatments for Lupus is ongoing, and appears to suggest that it may be an affective treatment modality for use alongside conventional therapies.

This would potentially allow patients to reduce their dependence on steroid based medicines prescribed by doctors.

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