Lupus Erythematosus is described as an auto-immune disease – antibody to DNA. There are two kind: (1) discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE) and (2) systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). DLE occurs mostly in middle-aged women, but SLE in young women. The condition may evolve into rheumatic condition.
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. Anaemia, joint pains, enlarged spleen, heart disorders, and kidney weakness, with protein in the urine. Symptoms worsen 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.
Treatment: Anti-virals. Alteratives. Anti-inflammatories, anticoagulants.
Teas: Lime flowers, Gotu Kola, Boneset, Red Clover.
Decoctions: Burdock, Queen’s Delight, Helonias.
Tablets/capsules. Blue Flag root, Wild Yam.
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, Oil of Mullein, Castor oil packs.
Foods to avoids
All meat, dairy, gravy, fats, processed/junk food, fried food, alcohol, soft drinks, caffeine and salt.
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.
Bartram’s Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine. Thomas Bartram
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