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Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)


Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) is a "connective tissue disease" and an "auto immune disorder". It is a devastating disease and, at this time, it is extremely difficult to treat either with orthodox or complementary medicines.

Orthodox treatments include the use of aspirin, of "antimalarials" (quinine like drugs), and cortisone. It is not particularly effective.

I know of no definitive or particularly effective alternative treatment for the root systemic cause of Lupus. There are however many possible treatments to help ameliorate specific symptoms. Ask.

Acupuncture can be used to strengthen and balance the body and to help ameliorate specific symptoms.

I have an acquaintance who was "cured" of SLE by the herbalist Dorothy Mitchell (Neighborhood Herbal Remedies at 2222 Dundas Street West, Toronto: 416 535 5513). I have approached Ms. Mitchell but she will not give me any details of her treatment for SLE.

Almost any condition can be helped by alternately detoxing and supporting the immune system, so there is every reason to expect "The Treatment for Most Conditions" to be helpful to some degree. When working with "deep immune tonics" in an auto immune disorder vigilance is essential. The deep immune tonics are regulating, modulating, rather than simply stimulating immune function so we have every reason to hope that they may help regulate the condition. However extreme caution should be taken. To begin I would use the herbs separately (as "simples") to feel what helps and what, if anything, aggravates. Start with small doses. Donít expect quick responses. You might try Taheebo (Pau d"Arco), Siberian ginseng, and Iíll keep my ears open for whatever helps. (If you know of anything, please tell me.)

Constitutional homeopathy may be of some help in just about any condition.

I read today in the University library that alfalfa can aggravate SLE (in humans, and can induce an SLE like complaint in animals). There is a "non=protein aminoacid" canavaline found in alfalfa and other pea-like legimes (but not beans!) that is implicated. It would seem wise, therefore, if you have Lupus to avoid peas and alfalfa!