About.com lists omega-3; herbs such as white willow bark, boswellia, devil’s claw, bromelain and ginger; vitamins D and calcium; and mind-body therapies as natural treatments for lupus. These treatments do not cure lupus, but they reduce the symptoms and help prevent the related inflammation that causes organ and blood vessel damage.
According to About.com, omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation. Salmon, sardines and other oily fish as well as flaxseed have a high omega-3 content, and taking an omega-3 supplement daily is also effective. White willow bark has the same anti-inflammatory strength as aspirin. The resin found in frankincense trees called boswellia lessens inflammation. Devil’s claw reduces inflammation and improves a patient’s quality of life, and bromelain, an enzyme found in pineapples, reduces the hormones that prompt inflammation.
About.com states that ginger is a long-lasting remedy for pain and inflammation that surpasses nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Vitamin D and calcium supplements counteract the bone-thinning effects of corticosteroids that are often used in lupus treatment, and mind-body therapies such as hypnotherapy and guided imagery help patients deal with stress and aid with coping abilities.
Ample amounts of sleep and exercise also help with the stress of dealing with lupus. About.com recommends consulting a medical professional about the exercises that fit best.