A holisticHomeopathic approach to Lupus
In conditions of this kind, where almost every organ and system may be affected, a holistic approach will always give the best results. The homeopathic approach involves taking account of “all” symptoms, physical, emotional and mental, and thus is well suited to treating a multisystem disease such as lupus.
> Rest and relaxation
Lupus can be exacerbated by stress and it is very important to lead a balanced life with a protected time built into each day for rest and relaxation
A diet may be helpful in reducing joint pains and inflammation and will certainly improve overall health and wellbeing. There is some evidence to suggest that fish oil supplements may be useful.
Health and homeopathy
George Vithoulkas, the eminent Greek homeopath, describes levels of health. A person whose health is in the uppermost level will experience no symptoms and enjoy perfect health and happiness. As we descend the levels, minor often self-limiting symptoms will develop. These are caused by exposure to environmental influences like viruses or stress. The immune system is able to deal with this and the symptoms resolve spontaneously. At this stage there is merely dysfunction of the organs and the body heals itself. Moving further down the levels, symptoms develop which don’t disappear and chronic disease takes hold. Good homeopathic prescribing on a constitutional level can prevent this deterioration in health.
Individuals can be classified according to the characteristic reaction patterns of body. For example, somebody who has a phosphoric constitution will experience pain as a burning sensation. These individuals are very anxious and indeed may become overwhelmed and “burnt out” by their anxieties.
Thus a Phosphorus patient who develops lupus will have a tremendous anxiety about her health, will be very fearful, especially when alone and is particularly frightened of thunderstorms. The pains in her joints and muscles will be described as “burning”. Pain in other parts of the body (eg migrainous headaches) will also have a burning quality.
A patient with a Nux vomica constitution will experience the same disease in a very different way. She is usually a very driven ambitious person who may lie awake at night worrying about her business affairs, and will become very angry and frustrated with her illness. Typically, relapses in the condition will follow periods of overworking and stress. Joint pains will be worse at night in bed, worse for cold and better for warmth.
A Pulsatilla patient will again present a different picture. She will be a soft gentle person who weeps easily and may be particularly tearful during flare-ups. She will require lots of comforting and consolation. One of the main characteristics of Pulsatilla is “changeability” and the aches and pains of lupus may be experienced as throbbing one day and stabbing the next.
The constitutional approach is usually the most effective when treating a multisystem disease such as lupus.
Flare-ups of lupus may affect different parts and organs at different times, and homeopathic remedies may be very useful in alleviating symptoms.
> Joint pains:
A large number of homeopathic remedies can help joint pains:
Aconite: sudden severe joint pains which may occur following exposure to a cold dry wind. Hot tender joints.
Apis: hot swollen red inflamed joints. Relieved by cold applications.
Bryonia: sharp stitching joint and muscle pain worse with even the slightest movement.
Dulcamara: joint pains occurring in cold damp weather, better with heat and motion.
Rhus tox: painful stiff joints, worse with initial movement (eg on rising from bed), better with continued motion.
Rhododendron: joint pain worse in wet weather, especially before a storm.
Ruta: stiff painful joints and tendons especially following overuse. Worse from cold and damp.
Homeopathic medicines can be used to treat the cutaneous manifestations of lupus.
Apis: red burning rashes, often associated with fluid retention and swelling (oedema). Better from cold applications.
Fluoric acid: hair loss especially alopecia areata.
Sepia: yellow/brown “saddle” across the bridge of the nose.
Sulphur: red itchy rashes. Worse with heat, especially the heat of the bed at night. Worse at night. Worse for bathing.
Pleurisy may develop during flare-up of lupus. The following remedies may be useful in helping to control the pain.
Aconite: sudden onset of sharp pains, especially after fright or shock. Worse after exposure to cold dry wind.
Bryonia: stitching pains (such as found in pleurisy) worse from the slightest movement.
Many homeopathic remedies are helpful in the treatment of these headaches.
Belladonna: intense throbbing head pains beginning in the right occiput and extending forwards to the right eye. Worse at 3.00pm. Worse with any jarring. Better lying still in a dark room.
Natrum muriaticum: bursting pain, sometimes described as a small hammer in one spot. Worse around 10.00am. Aggravated by sunlight.
Spigelia: stitching neuralgic pain on the left side in or above the left eye. Better with heat or hot bathing.
The cause of autoimmune disease remains unclear but the incidence and prevalence of these illnesses is clearly rising. This rise is mirrored by the increasing occurence of atopic diseases such as asthma and eczema. Studies have shown that the use of antibiotics in the first twelve months of a child’s life can lead to a threefold increase in the risk of developing asthma. Is it possible that the drive to minimise our exposure and risk from infectious diseases is actually leaving our immune systems with nothing to do other than attack our own organs?
thanks to-Michael Curtin MB ChB DIP MED AC MFHom