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Lupus (Erythematosus)

Auto-immune disease – antibody to DNA. Non-tubercula. Two kinds: (1) discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE) and (2) systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). DLE occurs mostly in middle-aged women, but SLE in young women. Activity may be followed by period of remission. The condition may evolve into rheumatic disease.

Symptoms (SLE)

Loss of appetite, fever. Weight loss, weakness. Thickened scaly red patches on face (butterfly rash). May invade scalp and cause loss of hair. Sunlight worsens. Anaemia. Joint pains. Enlarged spleen. Heart disorders. Kidney weakness, with protein in the urine. Symptoms worse on exposure to sunlight. Low white blood cell count. Many patients may also present with Raynaud’s phenomenon while some women with silicone breast implants may develop lupus.


Anti-virals. Alteratives. Anti-inflammatories, anticoagulants.

Teas: Lime flowers, Gotu Kola, Ginkgo, Boneset.

Decoctions: Burdock, Queen’s Delight, Helonias.

Tablets/capsules: Blue Flag root, Wild Yam, Ginkgo.

Formula: Dandelion 1; Black Haw 1; Wild Yam half; Poke root half. Dose: Liquid Extracts: one 5ml teaspoon. Tinctures: two 5ml teaspoons.

Powders: 500mg (two 00 capsules or one-third teaspoon). Thrice daily.

Topical: Horsetail poultice, Castor oil packs.

Note: The disorder is frequently misdiagnosed as rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis or ME. Lupus antibodies have been linked with premature heart disease in women and transient strokes.

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