Ginger for Lupus

Home Remedies for Lupus

Lupus is an autoimmune disease which affects more women as compared to men. It is also a very difficult condition to diagnose as its symptoms mimic many other diseases.

The most distinctive symptom that appears on the majority of people but not all is a facial rash that appears like butterfly wings on each cheek.

In Lupus body's immune system attacks its own tissues and organs.Your blood cells, skin, joints, kidneys, heart, lungs, brain and all organs can get affected causing chronic inflammation and pain.

There is no cure for lupus, but the condition can be controlled with home remedies and certain medicines and lifestyle changes.

While lupus appears to be more of a genetic disorder, certain factors such as stress, chronic infections, exposure to sunlight and certain medication can trigger lupus.

 

Most people suffering from lupus can lead a normal life with certain precautions and medication to control their symptoms. These symptoms vary from person to person and from time to time.

Once you know that you have lupus, you need to control it well and you certainly can, if you take precautions. Uncontrolled lupus can lead to heart and kidney problems.

Your goal is to relieve the symptoms and reduce the frequency of flare ups. Your body will give warning signs of flare up.

These signs are:

  • feeling of chronic fatigue
  • increased joint pain
  • suddenly increased skin rashes or
  • fever

Therefore, if you make some significant lifestyle changes and use natural remedies to relieve symptoms of lupus, then you can avoid a lot of pain and inconvenience.

1. Manage Stress

Stress can flare up lupus symptoms. Make sure that you keep your stress levels low - as low as possible.

In order to manage stress in the least obstructive ways, you need to work on your mind and do the following things as a new habit. it may take some time but you will get used to the new habits easily.

Do the following:

  • Delegate work to others. Do not micromanage
  • Maintain a simple schedule for each day
  • Exercise daily for better blood circulation. A 45 minutes of brisk walk will be enough
  • Do yoga and other relaxation activities
  • Take enough rest
  • Sleep well, you may require to sleep 10-12 hours

In short, make you life more simple.

These practices will reduce stress and fatigue, which will reduce lupus flare ups.

2. Avoid The Sun

Sun exposure can trigger lupus. It is the ultraviolet rays (UVA and UVB) that are responsible for flare up of lupus symptoms or increase the severity of symptoms if the symptoms already exist.

  • Avoid going out when the sun rays are the strongest. In most cases it is between 10am to 4pm. Since you have lupus, find out the local timings of high ultraviolet radiation form the meteorological department.
  • Cover you skin while in the sun. So cover your hands and legs with clothing and and your head with a hat.
  • Apply sunscreen of 50SPF or above to protect your face from getting rashes.

3. Protect from Infections

Since your immunity is low due to lupus, you need to take extra precautions to ensure that you do not contract any infections. If you get an infection it will take ages to get rid of it and you may have to take heavy medications to treat it.

  • stay away from people with cough, cold, flu or any viral or bacterial infections that are contagious
  • maintain good hygiene
  • eat healthy and nutritional food

In addition to the above lifestyle changes, keep yourself regularly checked up to monitor your lupus

In most mild cases of lupus the following home remedies will be enough to maintain good health.

4. Yogurt Probiotics

Probiotics in yogurt are the good bacteria which fight the bad bacteria and are essential to improve immunity. Since you immunity is lowered by the lupus, these bacteria will help fight infections particularly arising in the guts.

Scientifically, the probiotic lactobacilli has been proven to control the progression of lupus.

  • Eat 250gm of yogurt with live culture daily
  • Find and eat other products such as kefir, miso and tempeh etc which are rich in probiotics.

5. Ginger

Ginger is great for joint pains due to its high anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory capabilities. People whose lupus affects their joint can significantly benefit from regular consumption of ginger.

Ginger will relieve you from swelling of joints and other joint pains.

  • add ginger to your daily diet though cooking
  • drink ginger tea 2-3 times daily. Add an inch of crushed ginger root to a glass of water and boil it to make ginger tea.

6. Turmeric

Turmeric is another spice with anti-inflammatory capabilities to treat many autoimmune diseases including lupus according to a recent scientific study. Its active ingredient curcumin helps to reduce some of the symptoms of lupus, such as fatigue.

  • add 1/2 teaspoon of honey in warm glass of milk and drink it 2 times a day
  • mix equal amount of honey and turmeric ( 1/2 teaspoon of each) and keep it your mouth
  • add turmeric in your daily cooking

Turmeric acts as a blood thinner so those who are taking blood thinners must monitor the use of turmeric.

7. Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 fatty acids have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. They help to improve body's immunity'.

Fish oil and flax seed oils are a great source of Omega-3 fatty acids whose component eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) has been found to reduce lupus symptoms.

We all lead a social life, which affects us in one way or the other. It is important that the people around you know what lupus is, and what are your limitations. This understanding among your loved ones and colleagues will create a stress and fatigue free ecosystem for you to live a better quality of life with lupus.