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Overview of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)

Complimentary and alternative treatments for systemic lupus erythematosus that are considered below include:

  • Immune System Balancing
  • Low Dose Naltrexone
  • Neurotransmitter Balancing

Etiology of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)

Autoimmune disorder of unknown origin. Often associated with hypothyroid disorders. Treating concurrent hypothyroidism seems to stop the progression of the disease [Starr2005, pg 153].

Treatment of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)

Please see conventional, complimentary and alternative medical treatments for important background information regarding the different types of medical treatments discussed below.

Naturopathic, Complimentary and Alternative Treatments

Immune System Balancing

[McCulley2018, pg 61] reports that SLE is an autoimmune disorder, and proposes an approach to treating this disease, which should be supervised by a properly trained medical professional. Dr. Weyrich has considerable interest in this topic, but has not treated any cases of SLE with Immune System Balancing.

Please see What is Immune System Balancing? for more information.

Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN)

According to the Low Dose Naltrexone home page [LDN], LDN has been seen to benefit SLE, which is considered to be an autoimmune disease. Dr. Weyrich has been trained in the use of Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN). However, Dr. Weyrich has not treated any cases of lupus with LDN.

Please see What is Low Dose Naltrexone? for more information.

Neurotransmitter Balancing

Neuro Research [Hinz2015] reports that chronic diseases such as Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) can be benefited by balancing neurotransmitter levels in the body.

Dr. Weyrich has been trained in neurotransmitter balancing protocols, but has not treated Systemic Lupus Erythematosus using this technique.

Please see What is Neurotransmitter Balancing? for more information.


Hypotheses regarding Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)

SLE (and other autoimmune diseases such as polymyositis and amyloidosis) is associated with hypothyroidism and deposition of mucin in connective tissue [Starr2005, pg 153].

References for Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)