Lupus is a problem with the immune system. It causes it to make antibodies that attack the body’s healthy cells and tissues. It can cause fatigue, swollen joints and muscles, skin rashes, and other mild to severe symptoms.
It cannot be cured. It is managed with medicine and changes to lifestyle habits. It is important to follow the plan made with your care team. Some people turn to natural therapies to further manage symptoms. They should not be used in place of standard treatment.
May Be Effective
These therapies may improve disease activity:
Editorial process and description of evidence categories can be found at EBSCO NAT Editorial Process.
Herbs and Supplements to Be Used With Caution
Talk to your doctor about any supplements or therapy you would like to use. Some can interfere with treatment or make conditions worse.
Herbs and Supplements
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Last reviewed May 2019 by EBSCO NAT Review Board Eric Hurwitz, DC Last Updated: 6/14/2019