Alternative therapies to treat lupus may include:
- Dietary supplements, such as fish oil, vitamin D, or dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA)
- Chiropractic treatments
While some people with lupus report improvements with alternative treatments, research hasn’t proven that these methods work. Be sure to talk to your doctor before trying an alternative therapy. Don’t stop or change any treatment plan without first talking with your doctor.
Despite claims frequently made on the Internet, there isn’t a standard diet for people with lupus. Still, most doctors agree that adopting healthy eating habits can be beneficial. Try to eat fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean meats.
You may want to avoid garlic and alfalfa sprouts if you have lupus. Some people report that their symptoms worsen when they consume these foods. If you take corticosteroids, your doctor may tell you to limit your fat and salt consumption, and to increase your intake of calcium. Foods rich in calcium include dairy products and dark, leafy greens.
Foods that are high in omega-3 fatty acids may help lower inflammation. These foods include sardines, salmon, mackerel, flaxseeds, and chia seeds.
Alcohol may interact with certain medicines used to treat lupus. Talk to your doctor about how much alcohol is safe for you to drink.