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Lupus and Herbal Remedies

Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disorder that can cause inflammation and damage to various parts of the body, including the skin, joints, and organs. While conventional treatment for lupus typically involves the use of immunosuppressive drugs, herbal therapy can also be a beneficial complement to treatment.

Some of the herbs that have been studied for the treatment of lupus include turmeric, ginger, and feverfew. Turmeric, which contains a compound called curcumin, is a well-known anti-inflammatory agent and has been shown to be effective in reducing joint pain and inflammation associated with lupus. Ginger, which also has anti-inflammatory properties, has been used to reduce joint pain and stiffness. Feverfew, an herb traditionally used to treat headaches, has also been found to have anti-inflammatory properties and may be helpful in reducing joint pain and stiffness associated with lupus.

It is important to note that while some herbs have been found to be beneficial for lupus, they should not be used as a substitute for conventional medical treatment. Herbs can interact with other medications and have side effects, so it is important to consult a healthcare professional before starting any herbal therapy. Additionally, it is important to make sure that the herbs are of high quality and purity, and to inform your healthcare provider if you decide to take any herbal supplement.

Meet the Author

Dr. Matz DC

Dr. Jeffrey E. Matz, DC, MS, is a Board Certified Chiropractic Physician. He is licensed to practice in SC, NC, and GA. Dr. Matz is passionate about functional medicine and strives to help patients achieve optimal health. His focus is on helping our members with hormone imbalances, autoimmune conditions, chronic pain conditions, and diabetes. Among the thousands of people Dr. Matz has treated include Carolina Panthers football players, PGA Tour and Champions Tour golfers, collegiate athletes, and local and international celebrities. Dr. Matz was a semiprofessional cyclist, and has competed in triathlons for the last 7 years, including completing an IRONMAN triathlon.

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