Acupuncture, Herbs, Reiki
In SLE (Systemic lupus erythematosus) auto antibodies react against body's own tissues. Almost 90% of SLE patients are young to middle-aged women. A young woman with joint symptoms & renal disease or with skin lesion and pleuritis may prove to have SLE.
10 year survival exceeds 80%, death usually occurs from renal failure, infection, gastrointestinal hemorrhage or infarction, or CNS (central nervous system) disease.
Heredity (genes inherited)
-Viral or bacterial infection can trigger SLE in vulnurbable people
-Epstein-Barr virus recurrent infection which can cause mononucleosis can trigger it.
Certain prescribed medications:
-Anti-psychotic > Chlopromazine
-BL pressure > Hydralazine
-TB > Isoniazdie
-HE med. > Procainamide
-Antibiotics > Minocycline
-Beta blocker meds.
-Arthritis & Ulcer meds.
Unlike SLE drug induced Lupus affects more men than women since men are more likely to suffer chronic conditions needing long term care.
Unlike other types of lupus symptoms of joint pain, swelling, fever & fagitue can disappear with stop of medication, although patient may require short term
NSAID's or corticosteriods.
UV of sunlight can trigger lupus skin lesions. Scientists suspect that sun light may cause skin cells to express certain proteins, initiating inflammatory response.
Damaged cells die more frequently, cause more inflammation.
Since more women have SLE, female hormones are suspect.
Some women report worse symptoms during menstruation, pregnancy, birth control pill use, and hormone therapy.
Other suggested causes:
Silicone breast implants
Mercury dental fillings
SLE Diagnosis Criteria:
1-Malar (Quan Gu) rash
7-Renal disease (persistent proteinuris or cellular casts)
8-Neurologic disease (seizures or psychosis)
9-Hematologic disease (hemolytic anemia, leukopenia, lymphopenia, or thrombocytopenia)
1- Rash: Affects 1/3 of lupus patients, butter fly shaped rash (malar rash) develops across cheeks & bridge the nose.
Flat or raised and may be blotchy or completely red.
Some develop sub-cutaneous lesions that initially look like pimples but eventually scaly & itchy, or large flat lesions with clear centers, appearing after
exposure to sunlight.
Some have raised, thick and scaly discoid rash lasting days symptomaticin w. people with discoid lupus. Small percentage of this type of patients may
develop a mild version of SLE.
2- Systemic Signs:
A)Fatigue (ongoing extreme exhaustion not relieved by rest)
B)Fever, chronic higher than 37.8 celcius (an early sign of lupus)
C)Raynaud's signs Finger, toes, and ears turn pale and numb when exposed to cold temps.
D)Swelling, glands may swell in legs/around eyes
E)Hair loss, due to affecting scalp's skin
F)Depression, difficulty concentrating
5-Nausea, vomiting, anorexia
6-Pericarditis, Libman-Sacks Endocarditis
9-Hepatosplenomegaly, Lymphadenopathy, anemia, Leukopenia
10-Immunologic Signsor year leaving hypo-pigmented or hyper-pigmented scars.
Patterns of SLE according to TCM and treatment with Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine:
1- Yin deficiency with internal heat
Facial erythema which is well demarcated and mildly swollen, bright red or deep red, covered with scales and aggravated by exposure to sunlight or overstrain
, associated with flushed cheeks, low fever, weakness, 5 center heat, insomnia, night sweating
2- Excessive toxic heat
Symmetircal butterfly facial erytherma, which is red and covered with adhesive grayish-white scales, associated with hypochondriac distention and pain,
headache, eye pain, abdominal distention, poor appetite, irregular menstruation, dysmenorrhea
3- Qi and Yin deficiency
Sustained bright-red erythema, persistent fever followed by low fever, 5 center heat, dry throat, thirst, irritability, insomnia, breath shortness, hypologia,
lusterless complexion, soreness of joints, baldness
4- Heat and water retention
Stuffiness and pain of chest, palpitation, fever, burning feeling of nose and mouth, dry mouth & thirst, erythema
5- Heart and Kidney Yang deficiency
Indistinct or no erythema, chills, cold limbs, painful loins & knees, lassitude, puffy face, edema of limbs, palpitation, shortness of breath, cold abdomen
and loose stools, swollen, tender and pale tongue
Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine together can address the root cause and symptoms of SLE, by nourishing yin, clearing toxic heat, boosting the Qi, and tonifying Heart and Kidneys and reduce the heat and water retention.