Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is an autoimmune disease that causes many symptoms and complications on an individual and their family.The cause of this disease is unknown and its course often varies from patient to patient. It is an inflammatory auto-immune disease of connective tissue (which forms the skin, joints and muscles), where the immune system is overactive.

Conventional treatment aims at various pathways to block immune system. This treatment is often necessary to get the disease process under control so that the patient can function. The treatment of lupus with Naturopathic medicine involves evaluation of the whole body, including how it is affected by inflammation. Naturopathic treatment of lupus may involve the use of acupuncture, homeopathy, lifestyle and stress counselling, and herbal therapies to address immune system over-activation. Often there is alternative and integrative testing that may be performed to assist with the treatment approach. 

As you might have guessed, the treatment possibilities for Lupus are numerous. This myriad of options allows for patients to help direct their treatment and try several therapies until they are feeling comfortable.