Systemic Lupus Erythematosus is also known as lupus or SLE, and is an autoimmune disease involving inflammation, damage, and dysfunction of various organs or cells of the body. Genetics and environmental factors play a major role in the occurrence of this medical condition, which occurs more in women than men, and is usually characterized by relapses and remissions. Skin rashes are characteristic of this medical condition, especially on the face, while the presence of the LE cell in the blood forms a part of the diagnosis of this disease.
Ayurvedic herbal treatment for SLE is aimed at treating the dysfunctional immune system of the body as well as giving treatment for specific involvement of the various systems and organs in the body. Ayurvedic herbal immunomodulatory agents are used in high doses for prolonged periods in order to remove the root cause of this condition and bring about an early remission. Since the skin and blood are almost always involved in SLE, herbal medicines which have a specific action on the skin, the subcutaneous tissue, vascular structures as well as the blood are used in different combinations according to the presentation and severity of the disease. Specific treatment for dysfunctional organs also needs to be added to the treatment.
It is important to treat damage and dysfunction of vital organs on a priority basis, while managing a patient affected with SLE. Early treatment can prevent irreversible damage and serious complications later on in life. Most individuals affected with SLE need aggressive and regular treatment for periods ranging from 6 to12 months. The advantage of Ayurvedic herbal treatment is that these medicines can be used for prolonged periods without any serious adverse effects, and these medicines are known to provide substantial benefit to patients affected with SLE.
Ayurvedic herbal treatment thus has a significant role to play in the management and treatment of SLE.
The writer, Dr. A. A. Mundewadi, is available as an online Ayurvedic Consultant at www.ayurvedaphysician.com