Lupus and Diet and Alternative Therapies

Lupus is a systemic autoimmune inflammatory disease potentially affecting many parts of the body.  Once the antibodies directed at a person’s body tissues and chemicals start to become active, they can cause damage and produce inflammation.  Inflammation is visible when you have a splinter in your finger and the finger gets tender, red, and painful.  That occurs in internal organs, but we don’t generally feel the internal organs, although inflammation causes pain in the joints or pleurisy when it hurts to take a deep breath and there is fluid in the space just outside the lungs.

Potent medications, including corticosteroids such as prednisone, and strong immunosuppressants that are used not only for lupus but sometimes for kidney, heart, and liver transplants to suppress the immune system, are effective for lupus. 

So, what role does diet and alternative therapy play in treating lupus? Read more.

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