Holistic Therapy: Lupus (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus)

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What is Lupus?

Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), more commonly known simply as lupus, is an autoimmune disorder disproportionately affecting women (10 times more often than men) and causing various symptoms and in varying degrees for each person. This is a chronic condition with at present no known cure, but holistic treatment may significantly reduce your symptoms and allow you to live a normal life. Lupus is not the same as arthritis, but if you think you have SLE you should consult with a rheumatologist for a definitive diagnosis and medical advice.

SLE is primarily an inflammatory condition, and lupus symptoms include painful inflammation of the joints as well as of the skin, nervous system, and internal organs. Rashes, fever, and fatigue are also possible. These symptoms will most likely set in during one's 20's or 30's and they may wax and wane in severity, sometimes going into complete remission for some time.

Note: Please make sure you read our article on aspartame & sucralose poisoning after you've finished reading this page.

Natural Treatments and Potential Cures for Lupus (SLE)

Lupus, as an autoimmune disorder, is the body's immune system attacking itself. Both genetic and environmental factors seem to be at play, but full understanding of what causes or could stop this health condition are unknown. However, as it is an inflammatory condition there are anti-inflammatory foods and herbal remedies that can help keep your lupus symptoms under control. Also, light exercise and sun avoidance can keep your body healthier and reduce one major lupus trigger. DHEA supplements (reduced immune reaction),(1) omega-3 fatty acids,(2) and vitamin D also show promise in reducing SLE symptoms.


Aloe Vera Juice and Probiotics

Posted by Sue (Albany, Ny) on 10/05/2014

I have had lupus since Dec 2013. Not sure what caused it. I don't have the skin lupus though. I have been taking ALOE VERA JUICE for 4 months now. Within two weeks of starting to take it my lupus symptoms reduced to where I felt almost normal. With no arthritis or pains anywhere in my body. I no longer felt like something sick was going on in my body. It needs to be cold pressed juice and not heat processed. **For lupus you need to take the maxium dosage. I worked my way up to 4 oz at one time, 4 times a day. It has changed the severity and I have had NO FLARES since I started taking it. If you have lupus you NEED to try this. I was told by the dr that manufactures this that she's had people who have used this for months and it had cured them or put them in remission. You have to take it at the max dosage faithfully every day as if it's medication for it continue to modulate your immune system and hopefully put you in remission, possible permantly. With this I've been taking a super strong Probiotic which will help your digestive track and immune system. Also take supplements.

Replied by Prioris
(Florida, US)

You should try the highly concentrated active ingredient of Aloe Vera called AMP. See what happens.

Replied by Joanne
(Toronto, On)

Sue, would you be able to tell me the brand of Aloe Vera Juice which you used for your lupus?

Replied by Ann
(Springfield, Mo.)

Help. I am in severe pain lupus on dialysis - where to buy this aloe and probiotic? I always hurt after dialysis treatments. Thanks. I hope hope you are still active.

Apple Cider Vinegar

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Posted by Wanda (Arizona) on 10/18/2016
5 out of 5 stars

I'm 30 years with lupus and use apple cider vinegar and it helps with my symptoms.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Sue (Arlington Hts., Il) on 06/15/2010
4 out of 5 stars

I have found the ACV has stopped the reflux side effects I was getting from Plaquenil my MD put me on for the SLE.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Deborah (Denison, TX) on 07/12/2007
5 out of 5 stars

I was diagnosed with Systemic Lupus and Rheumatoid Arthritis 14 years ago. My grandmother told me about ACV and the many ways it could help arthritis, sleeping problems and stomach problems. I take 1 tbsp. once daily with just water and all of my physicals for the SLE & RA have come back great. I have no deformity in my joints and have not had a flare up in over 7 years. I also had several bleeding ulcers & was having to take daily stool samples to my doctor, but my physical showed scarring but no ulcers. I also use ACV as a toner for my face and my pores are smaller and my age spots are nearly invisible. I have printed out several pages of literature on ACV and have over 20 friends on this daily regimen and all of them can tell the difference and have been taken off their medications for their illnesses from arthritis to high blood pressure & cholesterol. I am a 48 year old grandmother that works with a younger market and I work circles around all of them. ACV helped me with my SLE, RA, Ulcers, Chronic Fatigue, Crohn's Disease and IBS.


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Posted by June H. (United States) on 11/23/2019
5 out of 5 stars

Artemisinin treats lupus. I use it without side effects. It is currently available as a supplement. I am taking 2400 mg a day in divided doses. Take with or without food. I like better without food. Don't take with meat or iron. U will feel better quickly.

B3, Gluten, Blackstrap Molasses

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Posted by rhonda nelson2 (tallahassee, fl, usa) on 07/31/2007
5 out of 5 stars

I was just browsing through some of the information posted and wanted to add my "5 cents".

I should mention, if you do use blackstrap molasses to "blacken your hair" be careful that you do not develop a vitamin B3 deficiency, WHICH IS known as pellagra, which apparently is important for the diet for those with Lupus.

For the man who treated Lupus on a gluten free diet...take head, that this goes right back to a probable involvement of strep as this is the main bacteria that feeds on B-vitamins, as it is essential for them to live. This is especially true if you eat corn products because corn alone can induce pellagra if the corn has not been fortified(i.e.canned corn or corn on the cob, corn chips, or unfortunately for all its good intentions..organic corn producers that do not fortify their processed foods. If you have Lupus and you're going luten free and eating unfortified corn, you're inching closer to pellagra.This one instance where eating a wholesome food (corn) will give you disease (pellagra) if eaten in large quantities and it is not fortified.

Replied by Jane
(Niagara Falls , Canada)

re: Corn and Pellegra Email Posted by Rhonda -- Traveller's Tales Italy (edited by Anne Calcagno) has a very moving and detailed account by an American botanist of how the importation of maize (corn) from Mexico to Italy after the discovery of the new world led to pellagra among the Italian peasantry. Unlike the southwest Indians who ground the corn and processed it with ash (calcium bicarbonate "lime" and other mineral salts to release the nutrients, in Italy the corn was simply ground in a standard way to make corn flour. It was then used for polenta, which became a staple of the peasant diet and led to pellagra . This is a stunning piece of social history that will be of interest to many people. "Sagra di Polenta" is the name of the chapter. The author is Gary Paul Nabhan.

Replied by Joylie
(Solana Beach, Ca)

I just Wikied "Pelegra, " and briefly read the beginning of the history section and this is what it said:

The traditional food preparation method of corn (maize), nixtamalization, by native New Worldcultivators who had domesticated corn required treatment of the grain with lime, an alkali. It has now been shown that the lime treatment makes niacin nutritionally available and reduces the chance of developing pellagra. [4] When corn cultivation was adopted worldwide, this preparation method was not accepted because the benefit was not understood. The original cultivators, often heavily dependent on corn, did not suffer from pellagra. Pellagra became common only when corn became a staple that was eaten without the traditional treatment.

Replied by Sam
(Portland, Oregon)

I am Russian, and we, as the rest of the world, rely on herbs as a first choice of treatment for chronic and acute diseases. Here is a translation from Russian wikipedia about treatment of lupus. Phytotherapy in the treatment of lupus erythematosus: a good supplement to traditional methods of treating lupus will phytotherapy. It will gradually reduce the dosage of drugs, reduce their side effects. For this purpose, use herbal teas, relieving symptoms of inflammation and improve blood circulation. Properly chosen herbal remedies relieve symptoms of an allergic reaction, can help the body to recuperate faster. As preventive measures to avoid the impact of ultraviolet radiation and other treatments, while staying in the open air should be applied on the skin sunscreen. Despite the fact that the disease is chronic, many patients with poorly marked form, are able to maintain their way of life. If this is the main importance is the depth and nature of the lesions of internal organs, especially the dangerous of which is severe and irreversible renal failure leading to death. Modern medicine has a wide range of drugs that help slow the pathological processes that greatly facilitate the negative symptoms, and thus extend the life of man.

For the treatment of lupus herbs should be taken: nettle leaf, bilberry pine, color, tansy, herb St. John's wort, birch leaves, grass, Knotweed, leaf plantain, mother and stepmother, pine, dandelion root, Oregano grass, clover drug, herb yarrow - equallyTwo tablespoons pre-shredded (in a coffee grinder or grinder) collection pour 0.5 liters of boiling water, drain, along with the grass in a thermos, leave overnight. Take 1/3-1/4 cup 3-4 times a day. The course of 1.5-2 months. After 1 month of treatment interruption herbs can be repeated.

EC: Sorry, but your formulation could not translate for this post.

(Melbourne, Fl)

Thank you for sharing this information.

Baking Soda

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Posted by Michelle (Ojai, CA) on 07/14/2009
4 out of 5 stars

I have been taking 1/2 tsp baking soda in an 8 ounce glass of water on an empty stomach as part of Ted's Remedies for Lupus. My question is: How long after drinking the mixture may I eat? PS: So far the remedy I found here has HELPED my LUPUS symptoms tremendously! Still on the mend, but after one full week, I have more energy during the day. I am hopeful that the other symptoms will abate as well. Thanks to Ted & everyone who wrote in with their feedback... very helpful.

Replied by Sari
(Kailua, Hi)

Just be sure to use baking soda that is "aluminum free". You can find this at health food stores.

EC: All baking soda (aka sodium bicarbonate) is aluminum free. This was a marketing ploy from one company in particular to spread false information on the internet about baking soda.

It is baking POWDER that contains aluminum.

Bentonite Clay, Ted's Remedies

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Posted by Therese (Australia New South Wales ) on 04/28/2014 1 posts
5 out of 5 stars

Hello Ted,

My name is Therese and I am from Australia, Sydney, and I want to tell you my experience curing (sucking out) my Skin Lupus.

I am 53 years of age and I have had to deal with my skin Lupus for the pass 30 years. Always following Doctors and Specialists advise and directions "that Lupus can not be cured just controlled". All this medications made my skin Lupus very strong and healthy as I become to protect the Lupus and adjust my life style, making the Lupus very comfortable in my environment. So strong and comfortable I made the Lupus it showed up all over my body, especially on the top part of my body and very intense on arms, back and scalp. Wow what a monster I created.

Becoming very depressed and confused I started seeking my own help. I found you on the internet and read about you helping many skin Lupus suffers. I kept reading and realised I maybe able to cure myself.

I started with the Bentonite Clay Powder mixed with water (plastic bowl no metal allowed and all jewellery to be removed from body) using my hands to create a paste which I then placed all over my body including my head, face and sole of my feet. I left the clay on my skin for about 1hour until it started turning to powder or I could not bear the itch no longer I would then lye in a bath for about 1hour. What a itch I created. Had trouble locating the Urea Cream 40%. Started controlling itch with Oil of Cloves (about 10 drops to 1litre of water). Burning feeling for about 15minutes then what a relief, skin felt free for the first time in many years. After about 10 days I stopped using the Oil of Cloves and I used creams for Mature Aged Skin containing Shea Butter to help with itchiness and dryness until my Urea arrive. (Urea 40% costed $50 for 75mg difficultly with shipping to Australia).

I also started taking my supplements one week after I commenced the clay procedure, my supplements are: MSM 3grams daily, Lecithin Granules 10grams daily, Echinacea & Vitamin C 4 Capsules each containing 722mg and 200mg of Vitamin C daily, Citric Acid 10grams with Bio-Carb Soda 1gram mix in water twice daily to drink and Licorice Root Extract 250mg Licorice Root Extract and 225mg of Raw Licorice Powder daily.

I had to learn to identify the Lupus which I was drawing out of my body. Little black dots as small as a pin hole was what I had to look for as this is the sign Lupus coming to surface of the skin. Not in clutters but spread out enough to be identified. Especially notifiable when cream was placed on skin you can see the Lupus on surface. Two to three days later the black dot would be gone.

After 12 days into my treatment and 7 clay treatments I managed to start bringing out the Lupus to the surface (started sucking out) I also managed to bring a lump the size of my palm up my back (right side) and placed itself on the bottom of my neck. I kept monitoring the lump I could not touch the lump as it very hot and sore. The whole time I presumed this lump was part of the Lupus I am trying to suck out.

24 days into my treatment I started getting the Lupus and itch under control. My lump was not getting any smaller and my ears have had a bad discharge for the past 10 days. I went to see my GP (Doctor) and told him of my treatment (my Doctor being African related to my treatment) and discovered I had been trying to handle two seperate issues. The Lupus and the massive infection I brought out of me. The Doctor immediately placed me on "Cephalexin" 500mg 3 times daily to clear up infection. Also had my ears swipe, blood test and ultra sound done on lump that day.

30 days in my treatment my ears have almost cleared up and my lump is much smaller. My Lupus I feel is very close to being all sucked out and my skin is healing well. Still awaiting my Urea cream 40% to arrive. I am looking at keeping my supplements going for another 2months to help my white blood cells to open up and function correctly.

I am due to see my Doctor tomorrow to follow up the result of the lump and monitor the infection which I now have under control. In 2 months time I will be having a blood test to see if the Lupus is still showing in my blood system.

Thank you so much for being on the internet and helping cure my Lupus.

Therese from Australia.

Biochemic Tissue Salts, Sea Salt, Epsom Salt, Clay

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Posted by Clifford (Ethelbert, Manitoba, Canada) on 07/24/2006
5 out of 5 stars

A friend of mine, a mother of about 38 years of age was told by her doctor that she may have Lupus and as I have been helping her health wise, she phoned me this evening to find out what Lupus was and for definite help for a complete cure. I had been helping her heal many of her symptoms with some simple cell foods made from the Biochemic Tissue Salts (a combination of all 12) of Dr. Schuessler's Biochemic System of Medicine, along with grayish-brown sea salt, Epsom salt, Miracle II Neutralizer, and Bentonite Clay in a purified water solution in an eye dropper bottle. She was to take one drop per 8 or 10 oz. glass of water or of any watery solution, such as tea or juice. Within an hour of taking two drops in a bottle of spring water the swelling and soreness in her wrist was healed and the soreness in her shoulder was also healed. As the pain and discomfort would apparently come back to her in about 24 hours or more and sometimes in different areas of her body, she therefore went to see a doctor earlier today. I first searched some of my books and the best answer seemed to be in Dr. H. R. Clark's "Cure for All Diseases" She found that Lupus is apparently a Fluke or Flatworm disease that can be cured with a parasite and liver cleansing formulas plus with her electronic zapping machines which shake the Fluke worms or their eggs to death.

Replied by Ted
(Bangkok, Thailand)
383 posts

I have complete sets of Schuessler's salts. They don't work well or don't work at all as I would wish. It is also quite difficult to apply them in specific conditions due to different brands, formulas, and other things. If the conditions is one of skin's lupus, a simple sea salt should do also. However, it turns out sodium perborate monohydrate (or sodium perborate for short) works a lot better hands down. This is actually the same medication I used for dog mange. I also have doubts about using sodium fluoride as part of a Schuessler salts due to its toxicitiy.

Black Seed Oil

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Posted by Jamie (Indianapolis, In ) on 06/26/2012

Black seed oil for lupus. would it be safe to take? if so how much? 3 teaspoons a day for 6 months. can it be taken with acv, or honey? i see on other sites, that it works best when taken with something else. please help.

Replied by Amanda
5 out of 5 stars

About Black Seed Oil -

I have been living in countries where black seed oil is used quite a bit. They say it is good for everything but death. I take it for general health - a teaspoon first thing in the morning about 5 times per month. I used to take it daily but the local folks said I should take breaks and not take it daily for eternity. I'm not sure why. But try it - 5 mornings, then take a break for a week. See if it makes a difference. It has an acquired taste. I bought some from Amazon once and the flavor was very harsh. I had a hard time taking it. But the oil I've gotten here in Algeria was from Saudi Arabia - Camel brand. It's not too bad tasting. I think it's a good idea to take it with honey and water. Maybe even with juice from half a lemon.


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Posted by Ashley (Watertown, NY) on 05/02/2021
4 out of 5 stars

Better But With Side Effects

Hi. I have been suffering from lupus for the last five years. I started the taking 1/8 teaspoon of 20 mule borax with 1 liter of water yesterday.... I also have a phobia of vomiting and I have been experiencing nausea and diarrhea. This is increasing my panic attacks but I do have less pain today and more energy. Does the stomach upset last or does it get better after getting used to the borax? This is safe right? I found it on YouTube and I've been researching it but I'm still nervous...

Coconut Oil

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Posted by Bibi (Nashville, Tn Usa) on 10/27/2009
4 out of 5 stars

I read Ted's posting dated 04/02/2007 under "Lupus" as an ailment. At the end of his posting, he stated that lupus was still rare where he lives (Thailand). My understanding is, there is a large consumption of coconut products in Thailand. I have been using coconut oil (daily), and occasionally consuming coconut milk, coconut juice and other coconut products. As coconut is reportedly antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral, and antimicrobial, I am wondering if this is a potential cure for lupus.

I was diagnosed in March of 2008 as having lupus (SLE). I took myself off the toxic meds I had been put on in Sept of 2008. Since taking coconut oil and other coconut products, my swelling has subsided and I am doing much better. Of course, it may be just a remission, but I truly believe in the power of coconut. That's my two cents...

Replied by Ted
(Bangkok, Thailand)
383 posts

A lupus may be helped in addition to coconut oil, is the borax remedy which reduces inflammation, such as 1/8 teaspoon per liter of drinking water. 4 or 5 drops of bloodroot tincture in a cup of warm water three times a day. In addition, lugol's solutions is added to the drinking up, at 3 drops, plus SSKI at 3 drops, twice a day. Vitamin C 1000 mg a day so that the body can utilize the iodine is needed. Those are some extra things I believe will help, especially the borax, alkalization (1/4 teaspoon of baking soda plus 1/4 teaspoon of potassium bicarbonate twice a day empty stomach in cup of warm water), and the iodine, which reduces autoimmunity. I am currently looking into the use of humic acid to reduce autoimmunity. The dose is to use humic acid powder (known commonly as sodium humate) at 1/8 teaspoon a day taken at least twice a day. One final push that I found helpful was taking plenty of tumeric powder or curcumin. There's no upper limit on taking that, so I may start with a teaspoon twice or three times a day.


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Posted by Ibu_works (Canberra, A.c.t.) on 10/08/2010
4 out of 5 stars

G'day! I have in past week been slowly detoxing using baking soda, chlorella, magnesium and tissue salts as well as apple cider vinegar. I am blown away by increased energy and a new found optimism, which has made dull headaches and twinges of joint pain easy to bear. Have ordered food grade h202 to begin serious work. Please, any advice or extra feedback would be great__thanks

Replied by Photosensitive
(Houston, Texas)

Hello - thanks for this thread on lupus, what a find. This is a little off topic of SLE but you all seem so informed maybe you can help a suspected DLE victim. I developed round lesions years back followed by sudden weight and hair loss and increased photosensitivity to both outdoor and indoor light - mostly indoor uv. I was tested for lupus but came back negative. Mostly my battle is extreme fatigue and photosensitivity right now so much so that I can hardly work on my computer at work without my face feeling like it's in an oven. If I turn the monitor down to almost black and use a uv protection screen it's ok but God help me if I have to attend an hour long meeting under full blown florecents - my skin goes crazy. On top of that my vision is starting to go as well. Just a few months ago I started getting leg pains for no reasonable explanation. If I dont' have lupus I don't know what else it could be. I seem to fit all the symptoms of at least some form of lupus. Like I said mosly it's the extreme photosensitivity that bothers me the most, which I can usually tame for about a 1/2 hour with vitamin e or b-12 sublingual. But just found out my b-12 has sucralose - which may explain why the remedy is only short lived and the photosensitivity comes back a 1/2 hour later.

My question is this (sorry so long winded). Will this ACV, baking soda, borax treatment work on photosensivity or should I try something else to cure that. Unfortunately sunscreens do not work and I have tried them all they actually tend to burn my skin worse. P. S. - to help in the diagnosis I did have bready implants the silicon type for four years but removed them years ago. Please help!!

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To the person with the photosensitivity problem, it looks like your body is highly depleted of vitamin b12. Please note that your body does not absorb vitamin b12 and vitamin d3 unless you have magnesium and your body does not absorb magnesium unless you have potassium. So you will have to take b12, magnesium and potassium in order to conquer a b12 deficiency. Hope this helps.

Replied by Better But Not Cured Yet
(Canberra A.c.t., Australia)

I also was extremely photosensitive, hives and all. Its spring in oz now I am able to garden(with hat ) maybe its the baking soda? I also bath with it and use to clean. No soap. It actually brought up my lupus rash like a road map after using bs as face scrub. Of course I think that selenium and chlorella no caffeine(much) also helping and bio mag.

Replied by Wenjoy
(Winter Springs, Florida)

The post asked about h2o2. This site gives an inhaler method and quantities to use. I didn't notice that it sold anything. https://www.earthclinic.com/remedies/hydrogen_peroxide_inhalation.html

Replied by Wendy

Check out EMFs. Caused from WiFi, cell phones etc. check out the DNRS system.

Dietary Changes

Posted by Cathy (Wheelersburg, Ohio) on 02/19/2013

I was diagnosed with Lupus SLE since 1993, four times taking high doses of predisone and Cytoxin to kill the lupus out of the kidneys, I guess the test were too sensitive, because they are calling it Celiac Diease. I am going to Ohio State University, Hospital. They have sent the lab work out to different labs. Even M.S. Patients and Heart Patients are being rediagnosed to Celiac Disease. All new studies out.

Also, GMO wheats, corn, and soy is not allowed in the diet, 1960s changed the way grains where stuctured. The DNA changed so some bodies can't digest this. Funny how Europe will not allow GMO foods In their country, knowing they have free health care. Rice and Potatoes are now replaced with these grains. After 120 days on this diet of Vitamins, Vegetables and fruits and gluten free I will be tested again too see if the inflammation and arthristis symptoms are leaving. I will keep you updated.

Replied by Kris
(Oregon, US)

I was curious if your lupus has improved since making changes to your diet.

Discoid Lupus

Posted by Chantelle (London, London, London) on 04/11/2012

Hi, Although I haven't personally corresponded with Ted, I would like to share with others the amazing results after 1 week of taking bicarbonate Soda 1/2 teaspoon in half a glass of water 3 times a day, 1/4 of Borax in 1 liter of bottle water, Lysine 1000mg 2 a day with 1000 Vitamin C powder 2 a day, Beta Glucan 1000mg 2 a day, Zinc 15mg with Copper 0.75mg.

At first I put the Bentonite Clay all over my body fanned it dry & washed it off, three times. A few days later, I applied the clay only on the affected areas. I also have been applying Virgin Coconut Oil on my lesions.

Bless Ted, I have suffered significantly over the years and for the first time I believe that my lesions will heal. Prior to taking Ted suggestions from different post the lesion on my cheek felt hard and inflamed, the inflammation on the lesion on my nose is reducing and changing in colour.

I went to Holland & Barratt today, the sales assistant recognized me from my last visit, when I share my experiences with her, she admitted that she was surprised as the last time she saw me the lesion was looking much pinker.

I am in the process of purchasing Potassium Bicarbonate to add to alkalizing and DMSO for old scar.

Will keep you posted on my success, Chantelle