Systemic lupus erythematosus
What is Systemic Lupus Erythematosus?
Systemic lupus erythematosus or SLE is an autoimmune disorder characterised by the inflammation of the joints, cells, skin, brain, heart, lungs, and kidneys.
Normally, a healthy immune system is able to fight off any viral or bacterial infections to keep up with the body’s function. But if there are any faults in the immune system, it starts to attack the body and cause damage to the organs.
One of the most common forms of lupus is systemic lupus erythematosus.
The signs and symptoms of lupus are hard to be diagnosed as they often seem to be similar to other conditions. One of the signs relatable to lupus is a facial rash that appears on both sides of the cheeks.
In many cases, the risk of developing lupus is present since birth as triggered by drugs, infections, or even sunlight. The signs may flare up from time to time, showing periods of relapse and remission. Once you take the treatment, you are able to lead a normal life.
The signs and symptoms of systemic lupus erythematosus may vary from person to person from time to time.
The usual signs include:
- severe fatigue
- pain in the joint followed by swelling
- decreased blood flow to the fingers, resulting in white or blue and tingling when cold
- rashes on the cheeks and nose, often known to be “butterfly rash”
- hair loss
- Shortness of breath
- Poor memory or confusion
- Chest pain
- blood clots
- Dry eyes
- Skin lesions that worsen with sun exposure
The signs often vary depending upon the organ which is affected, such as the digestive tract, skin, skin, heart, and kidneys.
This is why diagnosis is mostly tricky because the symptoms reflect many other common illnesses. Based on the signs, your doctor can help evaluate your health condition more easily.
Scientists don’t know what causes systemic lupus erythematosus. It is an autoimmune disorder that results in the destruction of healthy cells and tissues by the body itself. Likely, lupus results from your genetics or environmental factors.
It is also known that people with an inherited risk factor for systemic lupus erythematosus may have the tendency to develop it when some triggers come around.
Some of those triggers include:
- Sunlight. Exposure to the sun may bring on skin lesions or trigger internal conditions in those with the risk of SLE.
- Medications. Lupus can also be triggered by medications used to treat blood pressure, seizures, and several antibiotics.
- Infections. Having an infection also increases the risk of other immune system disorders such as lupus.
- Stress and trauma. Stress also results in immune system disorders, including lupus.
- Hormones. SLE affects females more than males. Women may experience signs of SLE during menstruation and pregnancy. This has led to the conclusion that the female hormone estrogen may also trigger SLE. However, the existing theories still need validation.
Ayurvedic treatment for systemic lupus erythematosus
In Ayurveda, lupus is a chronic disease that influences the joints and muscles and reduces immunity. With low immunity, the environmental triggers may start to attack the cells and tissues in the body. When this happens, the body cannot fight against infections that put you at risk of autoimmune disorder.
As per Ayurveda, the dhatus (tissues) and channels (srotas) of the body when intoxicated may result in the Ama buildup within which results in many life-threatening conditions.
So, the aim of ayurvedic medicine is to ensure that the body is rid of toxins. There are procedures and therapies to help you with it, such as Panchakarma followed by oral administration of medicines to get the most out of ayurvedic treatment.
Along the line, immunity is restored, so that body’s self-healing mechanism works and you are able to fight off disease.
At AyuKarma, we offer holistic treatment for systemic lupus erythematosus,Anaemia which only includes ayurvedic preparations. Rest assured, our ayurvedic treatment is completely authentic and natural for use.