Lupus and alternative therapy

Gomez, aged 23, has been in the public eye for much of her adult life, however the recent diagnosis is forcing her to take a break from performing to focus on maintaining her health.

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Lupus is an autoimmune illness commonly found in women, although symptoms of the illness can sometimes appear in men and children. Treatment for lupus commonly involves reducing inflammation and immune-suppressing medication, which can cause side effects.

There are many alternative therapies that are thought to help people living with lupus, these can include:

Yoga – This ancient practice is a popular therapy for people with lupus as regular practise can help keep the joints mobile and cope with stress. Stress can be a harmful enemy to people with lupus as it can increase pain and inflammation.

Meditation – Another traditional practice, meditation aims to make full use of the mind’s ability to control the body. It is a popular lupus treatment as it is thought to control pain, reduce anxiety and improve well-being.

Massage – This can be beneficial to people suffering chronic joint and muscle pain as a result of lupus. Massage can help to relieve stiffness in the joints and improve circulation.

Acupuncture – Studies suggest acupuncture as an effective treatment for lupus. While evidence is limited, data has shown acupuncture to help alleviate pain linked with lupus sufferers.

Chiropractic care – While the effectiveness of chiropractic therapy for treating lupus is controversial, many have found relief through this form of therapy. Chiropractic care aims to improve joint mobility and reduce pain.

Other common alternative therapies for lupus can include, hypnotherapy, spiritual support, energy healing, hydrotherapy, Traditional Chinese Medicine and herbal medicine.

People with lupus may also be advised a diet change and to include supplements. While there is little evidence that diet has a direct effect on reducing lupus symptoms, research suggests that certain vitamins can help reduce inflammation. These vitamins can include vitamin D, omega-3 oils and herbs such as ginger and turmeric.

If you are considering alternative lupus treatment, please consult your GP or qualified medical professional first.

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Written by Ellen Lees
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Written by Ellen Lees

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