Acupuncture for Lupus Pain
Acupuncture can greatly help to minimize and manage debilitating lupus pain. Lupus also known as Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) is a fairly new and little understood disease. What we do know is that Lupus is an auto-immune disease affecting people mostly in 15-44 age group, 90% of which are women. Auto-immune diseases are characterized by the immune system attacking the body organs itself which results in inflammation in the body tissues and can create extreme discomfort.
Acupuncture acts as an effective treatment for Lupus pain and helps to reduce the pain caused by this inflammation. Acupuncture for lupus has been known to help reduce the suffering and pain lupus patients suffer over the course of this disease. Please see the US National Library of National Institute of Health study on Acupuncture Benefits for Lupus. Medicine National Institute of Health study on acupuncture benefits for Lupus. These results indicate the effectiveness of acupuncture and massage on quality of sleep and pain relief in patient with SLE.
Lupus can be severe or mild and it changes constantly, it flares up and then goes into remission. It differs in the form in which it presents itself in different individuals. Major organs that are effected by lupus are kidneys, thyroid, brain, arteries, joints, heart, lungs, and skin. Lupus is also known as “the great imitator” as it imitates the signs and symptoms of other nonspecific diseases and disorders and goes undiagnosed in the start. However, it is chronic in nature and once diagnosed there is a lifetime of anti-inflammatory drugs and corticosteroids. It is not always necessary that patients feel relief with these medicines and seek acupuncture for lupus to help them with the constant pain. Patients suffering from lupus may experience arthritis like pain in their joints caused by inflammation in joints, and tenderness in muscles or migraine-like headaches.
Living with such chronic pain is no easy task and it affects a person physically and emotionally. People who underwent acupuncture for lupus felt relief in pain after treatment and it helped them function more effectively and efficiently.
Acupuncture for lupus pain is effective in reducing inflammation in various parts of the body. If lupus is effecting joints or skin or any other part of the body, then the patient is treated accordingly. Acupuncture treatments for lupus reduces pain and makes pain management easier for the patient . It gives you a chance at living life as normally as possible. Patients experience a more restful sleep thus leading to a better quality and enjoyment from life.
Depending on the severity of the Lupus flare up acupuncture for lupus is performed 2-3 times a week and after when there is considerable decrease in pain and inflammation then acupuncture is done once or twice a week. The degree of pain may require a 30 day plan of acupuncture and massage with a 7 day rest after 15 treatments. Dr. Chien will decide the treatment plan after a thorough evaluation.
- Lupus and its flare ups can be reduced or controlled by coupling acupuncture with physical therapy, massage and by having a strictly controlled diet. Usually avoiding dairy products like milk, butter, yogurt, may also contribute to decrease Lupus flare-ups. Avoiding gluten has also been helpful for some patients.
- Alternatively, adding omega oils to the diet also helps. Include flaxseed and fish oil helps reduce the inflammation naturally.
Call Doctor Chien 719-533-0008 to discuss a plan to eleviate Lupus Pain today. Improving the quality of life is important not only physically but mentally as well.