Lupus can affect people of different races, ethnicities, and ages, both men and women, but lupus is most common in women between the ages of 15 and 44.
Lupus is an autoimmune disease that affects multiple body systems, causing inflammation of the connective tissue. It is a chronic illness, and there are four types: discoid lupus erythematosus, drug-induced lupus erythematosus, neonatal lupus and the most common form, systemic lupus erythematosus, (or SLE).
Lupus causes the body to turn its immune system against itself, resulting in widespread inflammation that can affect the joints, organs, skin and blood cells. Antibodies created by the immune system are supposed to attack bacteria, viruses, parasites, fungi and other substances that are invading the body. However, in individuals with lupus, these antibodies attack their own bodies, causing damage to their skin, joints, muscles, nerves, and major organs. Lupus has levels of severity, with mild lupus that doesn’t affect one’s life-style up to severe lupus, which can be potentially life threatening.
Everyone reacts differently. Depending on which part of the body is attacked, lupus produces a wide range of symptoms, They range from skin disorders, (acute and chronic), including the classic butterfly rashes on the face, pain and swelling in the cheeks, redness across the skin, especially after exposure to sunlight, to swelling, pain and redness in joints and muscles, fatigue, and nerve and brain damage, including headaches, memory loss, depression and mania. Lupus can also cause blood disorders, such as low white blood cell count, which causes immune deficiency, low red blood cell count (causing anemia), low platelets that can cause bleeding and bruising, and lung, heart, kidney and liver issues.
Acupuncture offers relief from the painful symptoms involved with lupus. As lupus tends to be a chronic and relapsing disease with periods of remission that can last for years, acupuncture helps strengthen the body and reduce the frequency and severity of flare-ups. While there is no established cure for lupus, regular and consistent treatment with acupuncture can greatly improve the symptoms, especially pain management and fatigue issues, as well as regulating the immune system and improving the overall quality of life!
Acupuncture can create change positive change, and, along with important dietary changes (as it is found that lupus sufferers also suffer food allergies) and exercise, acupuncture allows patients to maintain their health and lead a more normal and active life. Lupus can be a very difficult disease to cope with, but acupuncture is a wonderful tool to use in the quest for health!
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