There are many autoimmune illnesses, with lupus being a common "prototype," and there are many natural treatments for the different processes. Whereas a discussion of all of these is beyond the scope of this space (it is a book in itself), the following are a few key points that may be dramatically helpful.
There is usually a significant inflammatory component to these illnesses. Inflammation and the symptoms can be decreased. Using the following:
Take Fish oil one tbsp/day until better (or two months) then a teaspoon a day. Alternatively, eat salmon or tuna at least 4x a week.
Herbals can significantly inhibit inflammation. Boswellia and willow bark are particularly effective. Supplement daily for six weeks to see the effect, and then the dose can be lowered.
Your doctor may give you steroids (prednisone) to suppress inflammation. Because doses over 5 mg a day are toxic, your doctor will try to wean you off the prednisone. As the prednisone suppressed your own adrenal cortisol production, your illness may flare when they try to wean you off the prednisone. Instead of lowering you below 5 mg of prednisone, ask them to switch you from the 5 mg prednisone to 15-20 mg each morning of Cortef (prescription, natural cortisone; 20 mg is like 4-5 mg of prednisone, but safer). Research has shown this dose to be safe for long term use and my research showed it does not suppress the adrenal glands.
Several studies have shown that lupus patients do better on DHEA 200 mg a day. This high dose can cause acne or darkening of facial hair, so it should be used under the guidance of a holistic physician. It may also lower the toxicity of the prednisone and allow a lower dose to be used.
Very Important! Many autoimmune problems trigger a secondary fibromyalgia - which may cause many of the symptoms that could be mistakenly blamed on your autoimmune illness. Your physician might then load you with high dose prednisone - which does NOT help fibromyalgia (though very low dose cortisol does). If you have insomnia along with widespread pain, you likely also have fibromyalgia - which is very treatable.