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Systemic Lupus Erythematosus


Yesheen (dr.) Singh Medical Doctor View profile

Dear T

Thank you for your reply. It sounds like you've been on quite a journey with your health over this past while. From my understanding an imbalance of IgG1 is related to the healthy of your adaptive immune system, moderated by helper-T-Cell-1 (Th1) in your body. In western medicine it is still quite challenging to pinpoint exactly where in the cycle the imbalance occurs and so doctors often resort to simply topping the patient up with Polygam in the hope that it acts as a band aid and contains the problem.

This does nothing to change the underlying issue, and in more holistic therapies there is often a lack of emphasis on the specific faulty step in the immune pathway, with more emphasis being placed on improving your immunity in general. Steps to this regard include a diet free of any foods that stoke the immunity fire, whether it is in an obvious allergic reaction or a more subtle immune response. Common foods to eliminate include meat, especially red meat, wheat and other gluten-containing grains, sugar and other artificial sweeteners, dairy (apart from goats milk products) and processed/preserved foods.

Secondly a healthy yet gentle exercise routine that encourages lymphatic and blood flow but without muscle destruction and subsequent inflammation is very beneficial. Try yoga or tai chi to begin with.

Thirdly ensure that the ingredients your body needs to produce a healthy well-balanced immune system are present in your body all the time. These include Vitamin D - make sure levels are in top form, Omega 3 fatty acids - high doses of DHA and EPA, and foods rich in living enzymes such as raw leafy greens or green vegetable juices. Spirulina in tablet form is a great way to get this last component into your diet.

I hope these tips have been helpful. It is a long road you have chosen to walk, but it is not a hopeless one.

Many thanks and warm regards

Yesheen

Reena Sukdev Homeopath View profile

It seems you are now experiencing an allergic response. There are many useful herbs available at the natural dispensary that can be blended for you to assist your immune system as well as get over your allergic reaction. Eyebright is a useful herb used to relieve allergic irritation and firms the mucous membranes especially to the eye.You will also benefit from taking Elderberry. It will help with your congestion and allergy symptoms. Nettle contains histamines, which limit the bodies response to allergens. Boswelia might be well worth considering as this will reduce the allergic response as well.You could take Homeopathic Histaminum which is prepared from the nosode of histamine that acts a homeopathic antihistamine.This will be found in the Pegausus Histamine formula. Regards Reena (Cavendish Homeopath)

Reena Sukdev Homeopath View profile

When a person has lupus, the immune system goes into overdrive and can’t tell the difference between some of the body’s normal, healthy cells and germs that can cause infection. So the immune system responds by making auto antibodies that attack the body’s normal cells. Almost any part of the body can be affected.

Conventional treatment involves anti-inflammatories and immuno-suppressives There are many alternative supplements that can help in these areas as well. I would recommend a good Antioxidant Multi Vitamin formula such as Amipro Vita-Life. This will assist in getting rid of free radicals in your body. Taking a good omega oil formula is also useful to reduce inflammation and improve kidney function and immunity. Amipro Ultra Omega 3 has high doses of EPA and DHA and will definitely benefit you. Many benefit from taking DHEA but this should only be taken after consultation with a practitioner. I would also recommend taking the Amipro Ultra inflame X which has important phytonutrients such as turmeric, ginger and rosemary to support the digestive tract and general inflammation. Try and identify foods that may trigger any allergic reactions and relapses. Taking Viridian Acidophilus with FOS will be useful to maintain a healthy digestive flora.

As for cupping I would suggest you contact the following organization who will best be able to assist you in locating a practitioner in your area:

CHINESE MEDICINE & ACUPUNCTURE
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR CHINESE MEDICINE AND ACUPUNCTURE OF S.A.(NACMASA)
P O Box 1366 - Sea Point - 8060
Tel: (021) 697-0611/3 or (021) 696-9484 - Fax: (021) 696-9398
Email: nacmasa@e-chinesemedicine.co.za

Unfortunately, we have recently closed our Johannesburg store. However, if you would like any of the products that I have made mention of above, please email onlineshop@wellnesswarehouse.com where we will be able to arrange for them to be posted to you. Regards Reena (Homeopath, Natural medicine Dispensary, Cavendish Store)


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