Anyone tried Herbal supplements?

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Jenny S.
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   Posted 10/18/2007 6:28 AM (GMT -7)   
I am interested in learning more about herbal supplements that will help with Lupus symptoms.  Does anyone have any suggestions on what has worked for them? 
 

andrew1948
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   Posted 10/18/2007 6:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Jenny I have been taking herbal treatments for diabetes for seven years and basically considered cured now by my local doctor.

In researching lupus, it seems Omega 3 fish oils is recommended along with copper supplements.

There is also a product called MYCO which consist of plants from rain tree forest that has been very valuable in the treatment of lupus.

There are several alternative medicine sites that may provide you more information about herbal remedies.

Research and keep us posted on your results.
successful with herbal, vitamins and minerals


Lynnwood
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   Posted 10/18/2007 9:11 AM (GMT -7)   
Please be careful and check for drug interactions -- many times the advertisements and information of the herbals is misleading or incomplete.

For instance, things that "boost the immune system" sound like they would be good for lupus, when in reality it is quite the opposite.

One good place to look is at the "Drug Interactions" website referred to in my signature.

Good luck, hope you feel better soon,

Lynnwood, Co-Moderator: Lupus Forum
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Razzle
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   Posted 10/18/2007 9:41 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi,
 
I have found some herbal treatments that help.  There are essential oil products that also help.  I have used peppermint oil for pain and inflammation in my feet with some success.
 
I also discovered that homeopathy is very helpful and tends to interact far less with prescription drugs than herbs.  A remedy called Causticum has been wonderful for my joint pain and restless elbow joint - my experience with Causticum is that it has helped my joint pain far better than Hydroxychloroquin ever did, and I only need a dose of Causticum occasionally whereas the prescription hydroxychloroquin was a daily thing and it took about 4 months to tell whether it would even do anything for me.  And what little it did wasn't really worth the expense of the drug.
 
Yes, be careful about drug interactions with herbs.  Many prescription medications got their start from certain features of herbs - for example, white willow bark contains natural aspirin.
 
I'm still experimenting with other herbal and homeopathic treatments for my own issues.  I hope this is helpful.  Take care,
-Razzle
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Meds:  Pulmicort, Claritin, Injectable Vitamin B12, Herbs, Nutritional Supplements, Essential Oils, Homeopathy.

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