What is lupus Nephritis?
Lupus nephritis is renal disease secondary to SLE that most commonly results from immune complex glomerulonephritis.
Causes of lupus nephritis
SLE is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system produces antibodies, or proteins used by the immune system to identify and neutralize foreign objects, such as bacteria and viruses. In SLE, however, the antibodies attack healthy tissue in the body, including internal organs, which leads to widespread inflammation and tissue damage. The cause of SLE is yet not known but it is believed that the disease is linked to genetic, environmental, and hormonal factors. People with SLE often experience cycles of illness and remission. SLE can affect the joints, skin, brain, lungs, kidneys, and blood vessels.
Since SLE affect kidneys, Lupus nephritis results as a complication of this condition.
Sign and symptoms of lupus nephritis
- Haematuria or blood in urine
- Hypertension or high blood pressure
- Foamy appearance of urine
- Swelling in different areas of body.
Diagnosis of lupus nephritis
Decreased kidney functions, edema, hypertension, may be found during physical examination. Laboratory tests mainly include:
- ANA titer
- Blood urea nitrogen and creatinine
- Complement levels
- Urine protein
Kidney biopsy can be done in cases of lupus nephritis in order to find out appropriate treatment.
Homeopathic management for lupus nephritis
Homeopathy is one of the most popular holistic systems of medicine. The selection of remedy is based upon the theory of individualization and symptoms similarity by using holistic approach. This is the only way through which a state of complete health can be regained by removing all the sign and symptoms from which the patient is suffering. The aim of homeopathy is not only to treat lupus nephritis symptoms but to address its underlying cause and individual susceptibility. As far as therapeutic medication is concerned, several remedies are available to treat lupus nephritis symptoms that can be selected on the basis of cause, sensations and modalities of the complaints. For individualized remedy selection and treatment, the patient should consult a qualified homeopathic doctor in person. There are following remedies which are helpful in the treatment of lupus nephritis symptoms:
Nitric Acid, Lycopodium, Thuja, Causticum, Cistus Can, Hydrochloric Acid, Kali Bi, Kreosote, Kali Sulph, Natrum Mur, Phosphorous, Phytolacca, Psorinum, Silicea, Sulphur, Cantharis, Apis Mel, Benzoic Acid, Mercurius, Pulsatilla, Rhus Tox, Sarsaparilla, and many other medicines.