I believe in both natural therapies and in modern medicine. I believe modern medicine is necessary to get flares and acute issues under control. But for true long term management, you need to make you body healthier from the cellular level. I have had lupus since 2007, started off on prednisone, plaquenil and Cellcept. And struggled. I switched my diet to Mediterranean, avoid red meat, drink green tea daily, take DHEA supplement (people with lupus are deficient in DHEA hormone, I take 25 mg daily, helps with energy), and take omega fatty acids, mostly 3 (fish oils, they are naturally anti-inflammatory). I also focused on sleep, exercise and stress control. All of these things were recommended by my rheumatologist. I started a supplement called Zyflamend, it is an herbal blend that helps with pain and inflammation. They all helped, but I still was not feeling as good as I wanted to.
Then I started a new supplement almost 2 years ago, called Vector 450
with Muno IGY. Since starting it, I have been able to wean off all my medications (off all meds in 6 months!). I have much better energy levels, and only occasional joint and muscle pain. I do yoga and exercise daily, which helps. But this supplement has been a Godsend! The best part is that it is not an herb, so there is no worry of interaction with your prescript
ion medications. And it is not an immune booster, so it won't make the lupus flare. It helps with energy, has an anti-inflammatory effect, and helps fight infections and viruses! I got over the flu and strep throat with it last winter! And it has also helped with my allergies and asthma, I don't need my asthma inhalers anymore!
Oh, and I do accupunture sometimes too, that is good for symptom control, but does not get to the root of the problem.
Check it out!
All supplements I take:
Vitamin C 1-2 gms daily (lots of water!)
Vitamin E 400 iu daily
Vitamin A (helps with skin issues!)
Vitamin B-100 is a must!! (energy, brain function)
Calcium with D
Omega FA/Fish oil/Krill oil
Pro-biotics. You gut health is important! The steroids affects the normal bacteria in your gut, you need to replace it.
Sam-E (helps with joint pain and mood)
Coenzyme CQ10 very helpful!
NAC-N-Acetyl-L-CysteineVector 450 with Muno IgY
All of these supplements have been approved by my doctors, and most of them have been recommended by my rheumatologist!
Hope this helps
Post Edited (Beating Lupus) : 2/6/2014 10:20:53 PM (GMT-7)