Lupus

Lupus is basically an autoimmune condition that affects some 1.5 million people around the world. This chronic condition affects many parts of the body – the joints, the skin and the organs, and causes pain and inflammation in the affected areas.

Joint pain, skin rashes and swelling are common symptoms observed in those suffering from lupus, and though many drugs and medications may help you tackle this condition, they do come packed with some side effects you wouldn’t really like.

Thankfully, certain herbs can help you tackle lupus and its associated symptoms in a natural, more efficient way.

Here we’ve put down a list of some of the best herbs that could help you deal with lupus.

Ginger

Ginger is known to possess the most potent anti-inflammatory properties, which is why, it has been in use since centuries to curb and treat rheumatic disease. Many practitioners rely on the efficacy of this herb thanks to its valuable antioxidant properties, that guard the joints against damage.

Ginger is also known to possess an active compound call gingerol which inhibits pain and other symptoms associated with lupus.

Feverfew

Feverfew is an herb that belongs to the sunflower family, and has been in use since centuries to deal with a wide variety of conditions. Today, herbal medicine practitioners use this herb to deal with arthritis, muscle pain and lupus and the symptoms associated with these conditions.

It is also believed that taking feverfew extracts could help curb inflammation of the joints and promote joint health.

Stinging Nettle

Stinging nettle is yet another effective remedy against inflammation and pain associated with arthritis and lupus and many other autoimmune disorders. In fact, the extracts of this herb are thought to be extremely effective in dealing with inflammation of tissues, probably even more than other OTC drugs.

Stinging nettle is also thought to contain boron, which helps prevent deposition of uric acids in the joints and bones.

Alfalfa

Alfalfa extracts are often suggested by herbal medicine practitioners to be taken in the form of a tonic, thanks to its immune boosting properties. The extracts of this herb have been used since centuries to deal with a number of health conditions.

Recent studies have revealed how the extracts of this herb could be exceptionally helpful in dealing with lupus and its associated symptoms.

Green Tea

Green tea is a rich natural source of antioxidants and is thought to prevent many attacks on the immune system. Growing evidence suggests that the extracts of this herb could slow down the progression of autoimmune disorders.

Many studies have also revealed how the extracts of this herb could help reduce inflammation of tissues and prevent cell death.

Turmeric

Also known as curcuma longa, turmeric is packed with essential anti-inflammatory properties that reduce inflammation of joints and tissues. Many herbal medicine practitioners often prescribe the extracts of this herb to deal with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

The antiseptic and antioxidant properties of this herb make it a sure winner. Best of all, this herb is extremely versatile- you can add it to your food preparations easily.

Licorice

While licorice is generally used as a herbal remedy to deal with other health conditions, it may be effective against lupus too, thanks to its valuable anti-inflammatory properties. Unlike other herbs, licorice root extracts do not have any side effects whatsoever associated with their use, which makes them one of the best natural remedies when it comes to dealing with lupus.

Some studies have also found that the extracts of this herb may help you handle the symptoms associated with lupus flare.

Garlic

It may sound surprising, but garlic extracts too, could help you deal with many symptoms associated with lupus and other autoimmune disorders. Garlic contains natural anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce inflammation during a lupus flare up.
Many herbalists also use the extracts of garlic to deal with cardiovascular conditions, thanks to its remarkable abilities. Make sure you take garlic in its raw form- raw garlic has the best anti-inflammatory properties.

Other Herbs

Many other herbs are equipped with natural anti-inflammatory properties that could help you tackle lupus symptoms naturally.

Here are a few of them-

• Thundergod vine
• Epimedium
• Cordyceps
• Echinacea
Cat’s claw
• Yucca
• White willow
Cayenne pepper