My wife, Cindi, has lupus. We are not positive at this time as to which type of Cutaneous (skin) lupus that she has, but we think that it is of the discoid type effecting the skin. She had a skin biopsy performed back last week and we are hoping to get results Monday when she has her stitches removed.
Over the past few weeks I have started a quest to find out more about the disease and possible herbal help for it. The medications that she has to take (steroids) are scary to say the least. So a all natural herbal cure is a option that I wish to take if at all possible.
In some of my first findings I looked at types of internal treatments and found a mixture of herb and mushrooms that I make into a tea. This tea is good to help the body’s immune system. Here is the recipe for Cindi’s Lupus Tea and the description of the medicinal qualities of the ingredients.
For Cindi’s Lupus Tea, use equal amounts of the following ingredients. It is suggested to purchase at least 2 oz. of the mixture, ground and mixed in equal parts and 2 oz. of green tea.
You will need tea bags and a teaspoon measure device. Put one teaspoon of the Cindi’s tea mixture and one teaspoon of green tea in a tea bag and close. We use the iron type of tea bags.
Astragalus membranaceus, or huángqí (??, literally “yellow leader”; also called beiqí, ??, literally “northern leader”) is a tonic herb originally used in Chinese medicine. It is believed to be a galactagogue, and recent studies show that it may strengthen the human immune system.
The natural gum tragacanth, which is used in pharmaceuticals and textiles, is obtained from Astragalus tragacanthus. It is claimed to help the immune system, and to increase the body’s resistance to common viruses.
In western herbal medicine, Astragalus is primarily considered a tonic for enhancing metabolism and digestion and is consumed as a tea made from the roots of the plant. It is also traditionally used to strengthen the immune system and in the healing of wounds and injuries
Shiitake mushrooms have been researched for their medicinal benefits, most notably their anti-tumor properties in laboratory mice. These studies, the earliest dating back to 1969, have also identified the polysaccharide lentinan, a (1-3) ß-D-glucan, as the active compound responsible for the anti-tumor effects. Extracts from shiitake mushrooms have also been researched for many other immunological benefits, ranging from anti-viral properties to possible treatments for severe allergies, as well as arthritis.Lenthionine, a key flavor compound of shiitake, also inhibits platelet aggregation, so it is a promising treatment for thrombosis.
Shiitake are also one of a few known natural sources of vegan and kosher vitamin D (vitamin D2).
The underground tubers from which hen of the woods arises has been used in traditional Chinese and Japanese medicine to enhance the immune system. Researchers have also indicated that whole maitake has the ability to regulate blood pressure, glucose, insulin, and both serum and liver lipids, such as cholesterol, triglycerides, and phospholipids, and may also be useful for weight loss.
Reishi Mushroom is also known by the name Lucky Fungus. Reishi Mushrooms grow wild on decaying logs and tree stumps in the coastal provinces of China. The fruiting body of the mushroom is employed medicinally. Reishi occurs in six different colors, but the red variety is most commonly used and commercially cultivated in North America, China, Taiwan, Japan, and Korea. The Latin word lucidum means “shiny” or “brilliant”, and refers to the varnished surface of Reishi’s cap, which is reddish orange to black. In Japan, 99% of Reishi growing in the wild are found on old plum trees, and wild Reishi Mushrooms are rare. In the Taoist tradition, Reishi is said to enhance spiritual receptivity. It was used by monks to calm the spirit and mind. It is also considered a symbol of feminine sexuality. Reishi has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for more than 4,000 years to treat liver disorders, hypertension, arthritis, and other ailments. The Chinese have always regarded the mushroom as having special properties. Mushrooms are regarded as “spirit medicine’ because they are believed to nourish the “shen”, or spirit. As such, they are considered particularly important in vegetarian diets and regarded as a medicinal food that promotes longevity. Various medicinal mushrooms are used by the Chinese.
I have found the Lupus Foundation of America web site can be very helpful in finding resources on this disease, so I created a donation page in Cindi’s name. Please consider donating to the Lupus Foundation at Cindi’s Page Here