I have Lupus and need to relieve the pain in my legs. How do I do this?

Lupus is a complex autoimmune disorder which may lead to inflammation of the joints, kidneys, skin and other organs. 9 out of ten sufferers of lupus are women. There is no cure for lupus, however through medication and self care the symptoms can be managed to a considerable degree. Home remedies are not a substitute for medication in this case should be used to augment medical treatment, not to replace it.

Some natural remedies to help deal with the problem are:

  • Using an elastic bandage to brace painful joints
  • Soaking in a hot bath for 20-30 minutes every day before bedtime
  • In some cases cold compresses give relief and in some cases warm compresses do. You can try both and see what works for you. You can also try alternating a cold and warm compress
  • You may find that certain things trigger inflammation. Certain kinds of food or maybe exposure to the sun may make the problem worse. Try and identify and eliminate your triggers.
  • Lavender oil may be applied topically to ease inflammation

Some natural supplements that help with autoimmune disorders in general are listed below:

  • Omega 3 fatty acids, but the dosage should not exceed
  • Natural anti-inflammatory substances such as curcumin and Bromelain
  • Bioflavinoids and carotenoids abundant in colourful vegetables such as carrots, capsicum, spinach etc
  • Plant sterols and sterolins found in uncooked sprouts of lentils and sunflower seeds
  • Devil's claw
  • Antioxidants which may be found in colourful vegetables and Green tea and a host of other healthy foods. Vitamin C and E are also good antioxidants
  • Ginger may be taken as an infusion or as juice

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