Lupus Remedies And Chinese Soups

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Try these lupus remedies according to the symptoms that you may be exhibiting.

Lupus is a chronic inflammatory disease caused by the immune system attacking cells and tissues by mistake. It is more common amongst young women. It is a baffling condition as symptoms are complicated and can change for no apparent reasons. Sufferers can become depressed because they do not seem to have any control over it.

Lupus is quite extensively documented in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Practitioners have observed some common categories of symptoms in lupus patients and these categories are attributed to different types of imbalances in the body. Recommendations for dietary remedies are then matched with these symptoms and imbalances.

Try some of the lupus remedies below according to the symptoms that you may be exhibiting. Listen to your body carefully. Stop if you do not feel well.

Although many people might be skeptical about these lupus remedies, my hope is that lupus patients will eat well, nourish their bodies and perhaps rein in their immune systems.

The first 2 recipes are drinks. Make them and drink accordingly.

Drink Recipes

1. Chinese pearl barley drink

This drink is supposed to be good for lupus patients who suffer from high and persistent fever and have rashes on the face or all over the body.

Ingredients

  • 15-30g Chinese pearl barley or coix seeds
  • Sugar to taste

Directions

  1. Cook the barley with water until soft
  2. Add sugar to taste
  3. Drink a cup daily

2. Mung Bean Sprout Juice

Mung bean sprouts has a detoxifying effect and has been quite effective on patients experiencing pain and inflammation in the joints, suffer from fever, feel thirsty all the time, and have facial rashes.

Ingredients

  • 500g fresh mung bean sprouts
  • Sugar to taste

Directions

  1. Wash the bean sprouts thoroughly
  2. Wrap them in a muslin cloth and crush to release the juice
  3. Add the sugar to the juice and drink

Congee Recipes

3. Barley and mung bean congee

Suitable for patients suffering a sudden relapse of fever and rashes or have come down with a cold.

Ingredients

  • 50g coix seeds or Chinese pearl barley
  • 25g mung beans
  • 100g fresh lily bulbs (50g dried)
  • Sugar to taste

Directions

  1. Separate the lily bulbs into individual petals and wash thoroughly
  2. Wash and rinse the coix seeds and mung beans
  3. Place the seeds, beans and sufficient water and bring to a boil
  4. Cook for about 20 minutes and add the lily bulbs
  5. Simmer on low till ingredients are soft
  6. Add sugar to taste

4. Congee with kombu, lotus leaves and hyacinth beans

Suitable for patients with low fever, constipation and poor appetite.

Ingredients

  • 50g rehydrated kombu
  • 3 pieces of lotus leaves
  • 50g hyacinth beans

Directions

  1. Chop the kombu and lotus leaves into small
  2. Cook the hyacinth beans with water for about 30 minutes
  3. Add the chopped konbu and lotus leaves
  4. Cook till everything is soft

5. Congee with astragalus, red dates and codonopsis root

Suitable for patients suffering from heart palpitations, lower backache, weak limbs, hair fall and fatigue.

Ingredients

  • 60g astragalus
  • 30g codonopsis root
  • 10 red dates
  • 100g white glutinous rice
  • 1 litre water
  • Sugar to taste

Directions

  1. Cook the astragalus and codonopsis root till soft
  2. Squeeze the cooked herbs for juice
  3. Place the glutinous rice and red dates in a pot, add water and cook till done
  4. Add the herb juice
  5. Add sugar to taste

Soup Recipes

6. Ginseng thickened soup

A tonifying soup to strengthen patients weakened by lupus.

Ingredients

  • 100g astragalus
  • 30g American ginseng
  • 50g glutinous rice flour
  • Sugar to taste
  • 1 litre water

Directions

  1. Slice the astragalus into thin slices and wrap them in muslin cloth
  2. Slice the american ginseng into thin slices
  3. Bring the water, American ginseng and astragalus to a boil and lower the heat to a simmer
  4. Simmer until the water is reduced to about 500ml
  5. Add the glutinous rice flour to thicken the soup
  6. Add sugar and serve

7. Stewed pigeon with ginseng and astragalus

Red ginseng, astragalus and pigeon are gentle and warming ingredients. They work on the lungs, spleens and kidneys to strengthen them. This recipe is suitable for lupus patients with kidney inflammation.

Ingredients

  • 10g red ginseng
  • 30g astragalus
  • 1 pigeon (about 50g)

Directions

  1. Clean the pigeon thoroughly
  2. Bring a small pot of water to a boil
  3. Add the astragalus to cook for 10 minutes
  4. Place the ginseng and pigeon into a double-boiling jar or small stew pot
  5. Pour the astragalus and liquid sufficient to cover the pigeon and other ingredients
  6. Place the stew pot into a bigger pot of boiling water and double-steam for 3 hours
  7. Season with salt before serving
  8. Drink the soup and consume the meat

The recipes featured here are for reference only. I did not create them. I found them in some Chinese dietary therapy sources and translated them and fill in some additional cooking instructions. 

I am not a trained doctor, nutritionist or dietician. These recipes are not meant to be taken as medicine. They should be seen as complementary dietary suggestions. Never replace medications prescribed by your doctors with them.

I believe doctors would agree that lupus patients should consume food that are high in animal protein, packed with multi-vitamins (especially vitamin C) and calcium and low in fat, salt and sugar.

Happy Souping, Phoebe