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Systemic Lupus Erythematosus is a non contagious and chronic autoimmune disease where the immune system treats body’s own tissues as foreign substances and produces antibodies to fight it. The condition is commonly known as lupus, the disease follows an irregular course of remissions and flare-ups, and may often be incapacitating. The disease most often develops between the age of 15 and 44. As like other autoimmune diseases, the exact cause, or trigger, for lupus remains unknown.

Ayurvedic Description Of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus :

Ayurveda describes SLE as an imbalance of all tridoshas. This disturbs all the Dhatus including Skin (Twak), Ras, Rakta and Mansa Dhatu. Vata is the main dosha that gets aggravated mainly among all the three doshas and dushyas are Rasa, Rakta, Mansa and Twak dhatu. The three doshas have the different ratios of dominance; the dosha that has more aggravation has dominant features. The aggravation of the doshas causes vitiation of the Agni (body fire). This leads to the production of Ama (toxins). The aggravated doshas that mainly includes Vata carries the Ama and the other doshas into Ras and Rakta dhatu causing SLE. More the doshas goes to the deeper tissues or dhatus more it is difficult to treat.

 

Signs & Symptoms

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  • Butterfly shaped rashes over face
  • Painful and swollen joints
  • Fatigue
  • Arthritic joint disease
  • Heart damage
  • Shortness of breath and impaired kidney function

Causes and Risk Factors

Genetics

Though exact gene/s are not linked to it but it is seen more in people where some autoimmune disorder is already in the family.

Sex

SLE affects more women than men.

Hormones

Pregnant women face many hormonal changes at the time of pregnancy and they experience more symptoms of SLE and in menstrual periods. So, studies have linked it to the hormonal changes during the pregnancy.

Environment

Stressful environment, pollutants, exposure to UV rays etc. put individuals more at risk.

Medication

Medications such as phenytoin, isoniazid, hydralazine, quinidine, procainamide have been known to induce lupus, however the symptoms of the condition gets subsided once the medication causing it is stopped.

Self Care Tips

  • Avoid any form of self-medication or injudicious use of drugs.
  • Give your body adequate rest as fatigue lowers down the body energy in the condition.
  • To counter stress, yoga and meditation are advised to be an important part of your life.
  • Avoid direct exposure to sun rays, keep yourself hydrated during the day.
  • Diets that build the immunity are advocated.
  • Avoid alcohol and smoking as they might worsen the effects of lupus.
  • Fresh fruits, fiber rich diets are recommended.
  • Heavy food items that take more time to get digested are to be prohibited.

Ayurvedic management of the Lupus or SLE is the balancing of all the three doshas, removing the toxins in the body, control the production of the Aam or toxin formation, enhancing or nourishing the dhatus of the body.

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